I have to be better about updating the blog. I'll try to make it a Friday thing, to record my progress.
There is just so much information out there about writing, so many
things to keep track of. It reminds me of learning to play golf. I
would swing the club at first and the damn ball wouldn't move. Now I
write but the story is not what I want it to be. I assume that it's
normal for a writer to be unhappy with their writing. Even the greatest
golf players never are satisfied with their swings.
Yet that's the point to which I want to get. I want to be able to
create a scene the way a golfer swings a club. It appears effortless,
but in reality it comes from many many years of training one's muscles
to correctly guide the club. There are very distinct elements to a
scene in a story that can be quantified. The chapter is like a hole and
the novel is like a round of golf.
The immense focus necessary to accomplish a good novel, or a good round
of golf is unbelievably hard. I am not stupid enough to think it will
come naturally. However, there is one thing of which I'm sure and that
is that whenever asked I can't wait to go out to the golf course.
The problem is a game of golf takes 4 hours--to say nothing of the prep
time to get to and from the course. So it is with writing, time is
fleeting and sometimes non-existent.
I'm about to hit 30,000 words written. The story has taken shape and
the theme is one of fate and inevitability. Things happen the only way
they can happen.
The round of golf ends and then you can start another one some other
day. The 1st write ends but then you have to go back and fix all the
problems. And there's the difference. In a golf game, I am quick to
forget those swings that didn't work because every swing is different,
every hole is different, every round is different. You can always wait
for the next great swing and take joy from it.
In writing a novel, the scenes are never forgotten and usually affect
the other scenes. They have to be good all the way through. The
advantage I have though is that I can go back and change the scenes in
the rewriting process. Perhaps that's what makes this better.
I have added a spreadsheet to help me keep track of my writing. I
planned for about 6000 words a week. I am hoping my upcoming spring
break will open some time but I doubt it will.