Saturday, May 26, 2007

Long Weekend

So, I'm settled in for the Memorial Day weekend. I am not a glamorously rich famous author yet, so we really can't afford to do much. (thinking of selling the kiddo for gas money. Oi.) A friend from online is driving through town tomorrow, so we're having dinner with him, and that'll probably be the extent of our adventures.

I have ordered some books for research purposes. Hubby has also give me a movie watching assignment for the same reason. (gotta see if Blockbuster has it today, it's an old one) All of these things are to help me find the "tone" I want for this second project. I know in my head what I want, I just need some more info to get it on paper.

I sat down all day yesterday and tried to prepare an outline for this book. I've never tried to outline at the beginning, so I thought I'd give it a shot. For starters, it's hard! But I've found and fixed a plot hole or two already (and trust me, better now than midway through the actual writing). I've also come to the conclusion that I have maybe simplified things a bit too much. I think it's going to come out shorter than I intended. (shooting for 80K words with this one) My intent is to read through the beginnings of some books I own in the same genre and see how they handled things.

It seems so strange to me that I can't just pull this information out of my head, when I've read these books already, but I guess it just goes to show the difference between reading for pleasure and reading for critique.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I'd take your kiddo and love her lots, but I'm afraid I'd need the gas money too, it's even worse out here. I'd say sell her to Aunt Gita, she has more money than I do.

Glad to hear you are liking the 2nd project so much, and it's a hubbie idea to boot, (because he does have those good ones, I know). Best of luck with it, and sometime shoot me an email on what its on.