Thursday, October 27, 2005

Dark Star

The title seems like something George Lucas would write - a merging of the Dark Side and the Death Star. And Creston Mapes' main character is the lead singer in a rock band called Death Stroke.

While Dark Star does contain an epic struggle between good and evil, I'm unsure of other similarites between the novel and Star Wars, as I haven't read it yet. Yes, I hear the collective gasp. Honestly, I haven't purchased a book in quite a while - the $5 Brandilyn Collins one mentioned in my meme post was the latest, I believe. Yep, back in April. If I wasn't reviewing, I'd probably go crazy (of course, I may have gotten a lot more novel writing done and finished the unread books on my shelves). Poverty is the curse of the struggling writer. But I must admit, this book's premise has me wishing I could splurge. For more in-depth reviews and info on this book, visit the Blogging Alliance members' sites.

I haven't had much time for reading anyhow with the revisions I'm hoping to complete this month. I still have 5,000 words to add to Winter, and only 5 days to do it. Ha. I realized that's one-ninth of my target length, and I don't want that much of the book to be description. I did come up with another subplot, so I should be working on that today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

In Progress

I have finally gotten back to work on my novel Winter, which has been sitting at 8,000 words short of where I needed it for half a year. It was done. It was perfect. How could I mar it with extra words?

It's not that I'm against editing. I know that it's a necessary part of writing. But editing usually means taking out words, not adding them. I could remove 8,000 words from the book. It would be painful, but I could do it. Deciding where and when and how to place new words - that paralyzes my fingers.

Because it feels like I'm adding fluff. I mean, all the advice on writing says to be as clear and concise as possible. Even the current discussion on The Writers' View is about cutting the fat out of writing. So how am I supposed to balance that with my need for more words?

It's not like I usually waste words. With cutting out the 8,000 words, I'd be removing scenes or partial scenes. There's little excess verbiage within the actual scenes. I believe my writing might be even too sparse. Dialogue, thoughts, and action take up most of the page. Description is a word or two if I think about it. I know that's not ideal. I work on letting readers live in my character's mind, but they should also be able to live in my character's world.

Is it because I'm an intuitive that I miss everything around me blaring at my senses? I don't note all the little details; I take in the general aura of what surrounds me. I want to recreate the same sense of aura in my writing - but I don't know how to get all the little details to do that for me. I already have the atmosphere in my mind's eye; I need to let the reader see and feel it as well.

My goal is to complete these renovations by the end of the month, so I'm ready for NaNo. Seems impossible, but I'm determined. Despite the feeling of disgust at ruining my masterpiece. Despite the urge to leave it for another time and move on. Despite the discouragement of an hour of work and only 50 new words. I'm doing it.

A side note to others who are editing and hating it - reread your ending. It makes all the pain feel worth it.