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08 December 2013 @ 11:20 pm
a useless 3K  

I wrote 3K on STONE’S THROE today. It’s basically entirely the wrong 3K, for reasons rather beautifully detailed here, by Jennifer Crusie. I’m basically writing until I get to the start of the story, at which point–

Well, if I’m lucky, at that point I’ll be able to work the backstory in as short flashback chapters, because the two stories ought to resonate with each other rather than being “Hi, here’s Story #1, there, now that’s over with and here’s Story #2.”

I am, however, a pretty linear writer most of the time, and this stuff happens first chronologically, so I’m writing it first. Also, it’s a wayy to get into the character’s head, which is always useful and in this case, enlightening to a degree which caused me to leave an incoherent Twitter post along the lines of OH GOD NO AMELIA OH NO THAT’S MUCH WORSE THAN I THOUGHT AUGH AGH AGLGHGH *writewritewritetofindoutwhathappens*!

If I’m absurdly lucky, it’ll come out to be about 6 or 7K in total, ie, 10% of the ideal book length, and I will be able to (probably massively revise rather than use as is, but) fit it back in. We’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m finding that Writing Pulp brings a totally different voice to my writing. I mean, it’s still clearly my writing, and I can see the things I’m doing to make it work that way, but I was somewhat concerned going in because I’m writing this in first person and I didn’t want it to end up sounding Walker-Papers-ish. Not, thus far, a problem.

Of course, it helps that in my head it’s Amelia speaking English as she might if French were her mother tongue (which is not strictly accurate, since in fact I imagine her to have three cradle languages: her mother’s Ethiopian, her father’s American English, and their common tongue, French), but thinking about how French people say things helps to inform my language choices here. Jo certainly doesn’t sound like that. :)

Also it’s easier to write descriptions when writing pulp. How’s that for interesting?

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on December 8th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)

So I take it the synopsis went over well?
kitmizkit on December 9th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC)
It did! I got two approving, giggling tweets and a series of pleased emails about it! <3 <3 <3
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on December 9th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 8th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yay! And yes, Jennifer Crusie is a genius.
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on December 9th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
I like the use of the word "pulp." It's a kinder way of looking at it. My rough drafts tend to be very... pulpy. I try to regard it as fertilizer for the drafts to come, but sometimes it's awfully discouraging/frustrating. That's certainly how I feel about the story draft I'm in the thick of right now.
kitmizkit on December 9th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
Well, this is also actually supposed to be pulp. As in, a fast-paced action-adventure novel set in the 1930s, and written in the style of those pulp novels. :)

That said, it *is* a great way to look at rough drafts!