Writing In Public: Year 1, Month 1, Day 16

Sunday

Sunday I awoke mid-morning, then poked around the house most of the day. I got some laundry done, and listened to part of the NASCAR race. We’re in the middle of a record-setting heat wave here, with days in the 115-degree range, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Writing

During the day I poked away at Taxi Adventure, but once again I spent most of my time struggling to figure out and rewrite transitions and scene parts that no longer fit what the story has become. In the late afternoon I decided to take the train downtown and play some poker, and that provided about 40 minutes each way to focus and write. In the end, I added about 900 words to the narrative, but it was far from the breakout weekend I’d been hoping for.

On Outlining Again

I will be so happy when this project is done. I know I said yesterday that I was planning to do a novel project without an outline in the near future, but this kind of rework makes me very leery of the idea. Although, I have to admit that I didn’t have a good sense of effective story structure before, and I have a very strong sense of it now. My ignorance made my older projects a lot more work than they needed to be, and my knowledge makes the process easier now. Is it enough that I could do it on the fly? I think so.

It reminds me of how Ray Bradbury said you have to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down. It sounds like a thrill, and it should work so much better if you actually know how to build wings already than if you jump off the cliff and then decide to start studying how things might fly, or if you just build random things in the image of wings you’ve seen before and hope they add up to a flying machine.

Anyway, I’m not doing it for my next six or seven projects. After that, we’ll see.