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13 November 2007 @ 09:10 am
more jibber jabber about writing  
So about half of my waking thoughts these days are about the order in which certain events occur in my novel. I'm kind of fascinated (and terrified) by how scenes can be layered and arranged in such a multitude of ways with each variation creating a slightly different emotional or dramatic effect. Does this argument occur before the party or after? Or during? Or would that make the scene too busy? Should this betrayal follow immediately from that? I've probably sketched fifty different mini flowcharts of scenes in order to hammer out their order. And yet they're still changing on me. I'll think one section is fully planned, then realize I've got some crucial moment occuring before the event that causes it and have to reshuffle that whole section from scratch. It's a little like scrabble, a little like building a house of cards.

But eventually, there's a very satisfying moment where they all click together and I feel like I've stumbled across the way the scenes were meant to be arranged.

I have a lot of respect for writers who discover their story as they're typing it, but I can't do it. As oppressed as I feel with all the micro-decisions that come with writing each and every sentence and paragraph, I'd go out of my mind if I had to deal with those macro-decisions at the same time.

Current Mood: 236
Listening to: Francis Dunnery - "American Life in the Summertime"
doNUT!donutgirl on November 13th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this... I've been flowcharting like mad this whole month, and it's still driving me nuts. I can't see how people write without a plan unless they're doing some kind of madcap adventure story where absurd plot threads are the whole point.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on November 13th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, man, now I kinda wish I was writing a madcap adventure story where absurd plot threads are the whole point.
doNUT!donutgirl on November 13th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Never to late to start! And readers have an inordinate amount of respect for such books. Tom Robbins has been pulling stories out of his ass this way for years, and making a nice living at it. Douglas Adams, too.
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on November 13th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
I really love the whole process. I'm halfway through a looong entry about how I just really like to write --the puzzle-solving, that satisfying click, all that.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: kirsten ulve assmonkeydiary on November 14th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, it can be kind of like a drug for me when it's working right.
lipbylipbylipby on November 14th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Fucking amazing ass.

And one of these days, we should get a writing group together.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on November 14th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Sounds good.
The Mud Puppy: Time is Fleetingmudpuppy83 on November 14th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Is that Adrianna Lima?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on November 14th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yup. Her and Shirley Mallman.
The Mud Puppymudpuppy83 on November 15th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
I thought I recognized her face. She kinda looks a little like one of my sister-in-laws so it's hard to mistake her.