19/02/2019 @ 12:22
I woke late, around 7:30, and started writing at around 9:00. I have sketched out some ideas for how I want the story to look and feel, and have discovered that I still love the visual image of the alternate land floating in space, constructed from chunks of history and time. I have now reached the questions of characters and story, what specifically happens in this tale, and I feel stuck. This is a common obstacle and something I have always struggled with. What story to tell? Who is in it? What are the best choices? I suppose I must simply make a choice and run with it. Am I battling perfectionism already?
I have written 4 pages of notes in longhand and have typed up brief outlines for six possible scenes in what would probably be the first act of the novel. The scenes make demands on characters that will need to be created and provide some direction for where to go next. I’m going to take a break now for some reading and may see if I can make some more progress in a third writing session this afternoon. I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made today.
No addition writing today. Instead, I read chapter 2 of The Lovely Bones and then decided the plot wasn’t going anywhere. Confirmed by suspicions via GoodReads reviews, gave up and went to Berkelouw Books to buy The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon) and Circe (Madeline Miller). Am enjoying Kavalier & Clay so far.