Progress Update for 1/14

by sbh on Monday - 14 January 2008

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Yet another progress update for those who are following along.

h3. Story Stuff

After a weekend of fun in Austin, I got back to it tonight, putting down a little over 1,000 words for a story that is, at least in the short term, called “Lacking Vision”–or some such thing. I hope to accomplish a couple of things with this story. Let me list them here:

* _Third Person_. I am very comfortable writing in the first-person. I would think that most young writers are. We put ourselves into the character’s shoes, and sentences flow naturally as we hear them in our head. For this story, however, like so many others, it makes a great deal of sense to move to the third person. As the story is envisioned, several characters have skin in the game. Consequently, I want to be able to move in and out of their points-of-view. Switching between “close third” (where the action is being interpreted very much through the main character’s eyes) to “distant third” (where the action is being interpreted from a wider, bird’s-eye view) is something I really hope to practice. Mastering that particular technique is quite important to me.

* _Change in Style_. So often, my stories are dramatic. This is what I’m good at; this is my bread-and-butter. This story definitely has some drama coming (though it hasn’t happened quite yet). However, I’d really like to balance that drama with some laughs. The first two scenes that I have written may have some of that–mostly due to a sardonic style that is really more akin to how I personally talk and think. __I wonder if this is due to the fact that I am the narrator, rather than a character–never thought about that__.

h3. Other Issues

Writing 1,000 words each night is becoming an easy thing. I don’t know if it will always be like this, but I am considering upping the quota. Perhaps 1,250 words will stretch me a little more and help me to get some more progress made on these things. My real hope is to have 3 or 4 completed manuscripts by the end of January. I’m not sure that’s possible without upping my writing time. We’ll see.

I’m still reading _Postcards_ by Annie Proulx. I must admit, it’s getting a bit difficult. I may need to break it up with some Raymond Chandler or Michael Chabon — I have a few short options that might provide a remedy.

Finally, I just wanted to briefly mention “OmniOutliner Pro”:http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/. I’m a big fan of the “OmniGroup”:http://www.omnigroup.com, I think they put out great software. During my school days, I did outlines for papers and note-taking in OmniOutliner. Since then, I have found that I use it less and less. At the moment, I’m using it to write brief outlines/sketches of ideas that I have for stories (as well as websites and silly money-making schemes!). However, what I really need is a repository for ideas…small snippets…a sentence or two here or there. Is OmniOutliner the best for this purpose? I’m not sure. Your opinions[1]?

h3. Notes

fn1. Remember that I am a Mac-only dude. Don’t come to me talking about how awesome some piece of Windows software is. Upon deaf ears it will fall.

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