So Turner and I find ourselves wishing sometimes we were machines. Writing machines. Because if we were then we could set a schedule and crank out a chapter a day and stories would be finished in a reasonable amount of time. Sadly that is not the case, and we are not machines. So because of this, we have to deal with the erratic schedule that is the human mind. I’ll write maybe half a chapter one day, won’t have any inspiration for two weeks, and then write a whole chapter over two days. What kind of schedule is this brain?
Also, while we are on the topic of erratic brains, let’s talk about plots. Plots are very iffy guidelines to a story. I can write out chapter plots for 12 chapters and then suddenly half way through chapter four, a character does something that completely changes where you were going with everything. Basically, the characters bully you into doing what they want. It’s a vicious cycle of character/writer abuse.
We are realizing just how strange it is to hear your writing read aloud. During our editing period, we take turns reading scenes aloud and are finding just how neat it is for your characters to sound like real people.
Finally we are beginning brain storming for our book cover as well, and making some head way toward the preferred image. Things are finally starting to come together. The feeling of the culmination of so many elements coming together is almost overwhelming.
This is our first status update, these will help you, (as well as us), keep track of our work in progress and our thoughts.
Turner here, just had an interesting conversation with Collins earlier today, we’ve discovered that it’s not writing that is the hard work. It’s the editing. It’s going over your own work, listening to criticism and finding the balls to let someone else read over your baby.
Question of the day: “Do happy endings necessarily equal realistic endings?”