Getting It Down
Quote of the Day:
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Bustinâ€™ out writing day â€“ just over 8000 words on the new WIP. Yippee! (Come on, Lara, I know you can do it, too.)
I think the most hilarious curse in historical novels is the following: Godâ€™s teeth. It just cracks me up. The first time I read it was in Sandy Blairâ€™s Man In A Kilt (an excellent read, by the way). And Iâ€™m terribly elated I get to use it in my new historical, fondly called the jousting novel.
So I stalled on a scene I was writing and decided to go ahead and move along. I canâ€™t think of what I want to have happen from one point to another. I jumped to a section that will be much further in the book, just to get it written.
When it comes to the novels, I donâ€™t write in order. I never have. Now, the serials are a totally different story (no pun intended) â€“ I have to write those in order since I have to turn in the material in issue order. But Iâ€™ve been known to write ahead of myself as far as the serials are concerned and just save that section as Issue XX. Then I know itâ€™s for future use.
But I digress. I wrote the fantasy novel completely out of order and then strung it all together when I was ready. I broke the writing into chapters after the fact. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to do with the jousting novel. Iâ€™m writing bits and pieces as they come to me and not worrying about chapter breaks or anything. I just want to get to the 50K mark by the end of July.
I think next Fiona Judd is going to write the pirate novel. I already have some of it written so I need to figure out the tone of the story. It will involve some rewriting if Iâ€™m going to try to go with that historical romantic comedy feel again.
Something that works for me when writing historical: I just try to relax and let the words come. I try to focus on ONE thing that is important to the historical â€“ like jousting. I think the reason itâ€™s working so well (so far) for me, is that Iâ€™m not concerned with details yet. The whole love story is centered around tournament and jousting. Everything else is backdrop.
I learned this with the time travel adventure serial, Ransom & Fortune. When I write about the past, I just try to write the bare bones down as quickly as I can and then go back and flesh it out. Maybe it sucks. Maybe it doesnâ€™t. I donâ€™t know.
I know when I pick up a historical to read, I expect a certain thing: I want to be taken to a place I cannot go. I want the lush landscape, the ambiance. I want the writer to make me suspend my disbelief and get into the story so the technical details donâ€™t really matter much. For instance, I know the tilt barrier (the wall down the middle of the jousting field) did not come into existence until the 15th century. However, for the purpose of my novel, Iâ€™m going to fudge a little since I think (I THINK) my story will take place toward the end of the 14th century, when Chaucer lived (although he wonâ€™t be making an appearance in my novelâ€¦I donâ€™t think).
Listen to me goâ€¦like Iâ€™m an expert or something.
Anyhoo, regarding the jousting novel, [the squire] now has a name. I have dubbed him Geoffrey. Hooray! And I decided to change the lady-in-waitingâ€™s name because it was too English (and sheâ€™s supposed to be Scottish). So I changed it to Elyne (Ellie for short). Things are falling into place now with the story. Iâ€™m getting lots of good stuff down and am progressing nicely. Still writing in bits and pieces and wrote a scene I expect will be toward the end of the novel. Iâ€™m fleshing out more things as I read over it. So Iâ€™m editing and writing at the same time. Iâ€™m trying to turn off that inner edit, though. Itâ€™s hard because I want to go back and re-read everything and tweak (I like to tinker).
Target Last Issue
I think I can wrap up the romance serial by issue 131. Thatâ€™s my target anyway. I should really shoot for 135, that will be exactly two more months worth of subscriptions from the last renewal at 117. But I figure the sooner the better, so 131 it is. I have a partial of 114, so only 17 more issues to go. UGH that seems like a lot. But Iâ€™ll get there.
Donâ€™t know when Iâ€™m going to end the adventure yet. I gotta figure out how Iâ€™m going to end it first. I had thought about having a really disastrous ending, but then, the reader might not be satisfied with that. Especially after all the work Iâ€™ve put into the hero, making him a bad-guy-gone-good.
Gonna try to get two issues of the serials (one each) done today. Thatâ€™s the goal anyway. Hopefully I can make it.