Getting to my novel 6/24/18

6/24/18

Getting to my novel.

I threw a monkey wrench in my manuscript. The first chapter was coming along great, until I questioned the sequence of events. I replayed the first chapter over and over again. I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was off. The human interaction was unrealistically. It read as if two AI were having a conversation. I know its a piece of fiction and some could ask, “how could you tell the difference?” I could. The dialogue was lacking depth. I reworked it until I realized I was getting no where and had to move on. I knew if I continued I’d only do more harm than help. I went ahead and started the second chapter and the same problem occurred. In the second chapter my protagonist is leaving from a night out and heading home. The chapter was moving too fast. I came to the end of it and realized, I hadn’t developed the story to move forward and nor had I helped the reader further understand the protagonist. I stepped away from both, the conclusion to the first chapter, and the entirety of the second one. Sometimes its good to look away, have a long drive and enter this half state of mind where your aware and asleep. It may not help you but they do me great wonders. After meditating, I decided to leave the first chapter. I took him on a detour on the second chapter. Instead of heading straight home, I took him around town to see where he would end up at. He ended up at a breakfast cafe and after paying his tab, he had a smoke. I had just learned that my character smoked. I’m getting somewhere now and this is where I’m at now. Working on my second chapter all while returning to the first. Its tightening up and looking better than before. So I’m happy.

 

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Getting to my novel 6/18/18

6/18/18

Getting to my novel.

I can’t say I’ve done much but I won’t say I’ve done nothing either. I’ve been messing with the first chapter longer then I should but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s missing something. I wouldn’t recommend doing this. I’ve always insisted that getting to the end is important and it is. By getting your manuscript done you can maneuver easier when you have to re-write and edit. In theory everything falls into place but in practice, you sometimes get stuck and even if you move on, you mind will not move forward. The best advice I could give is to satisfy yourself the best you can and move on forward. Work on the sentence, paragraph, or chapter just enough and try to get sucked into it because you’ll never be satisfied. I had to remind myself this. So I’ll leave you with that tip and I’ll do my best to take my own advice.

 

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Getting to my novel 6/11/18

6/11/18

Getting to my novel.

The prologue and first chapter have been written. I wanna believe that I’m ahead of schedule but I know that the further I get on my novel the more changes and adjustments I’ll make. It’s natural, for example: I had the first chapter planned out yet random characters and odd dialogue have sprung up, unplanned. You go along with it and see where it takes you but always get your character back in track not for the sake of the story line but because your character, like any other character, has a goal and he/she can not stray from it. Other writers ignore these sideshows but I feel that by adding them to the story, it helps create a more authentic world. Not only that but, in my case, the side characters and the event unfolding has helped the transition into the second chapter fall in more smoother than I had planned. So its never a bad idea to see where your writing is headed and if it convoluted you can always delete it. So thats where I’m at. Hopefully I can keep this boat steady and get across the Atlantic ocean without any disruption.

 

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L’artist

A poem by: Francisco Dosal

He’s empty

But his room filled.

Pieces from the past

Because the past seems brighter then his future.

 

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Getting to my novel 6/3/18

6/3/18

Getting to my novel.

The following passage is the prologue from my upcoming novel. I honestly had no plan on sharing anything from my second novel but I figured I’d do so for the sake of showing the developing process. As my editor would repeatedly tell me, “does the fallowing passage move the story forwards?” If I would respond with no, she would insist rewriting the passage so that it helps the story develop and if I can’t find an honest reason to keep it, she would heavily suggest getting rid of the passage and at times, even the entire chapter. So what your about to read I am about 80% sure that it will either go under extreme change or it will no longer exist. Oh, and by the way email me or even comment if you have any question and suggestions.

Prologue

Emiliano was his name or just Mil for short. I never got his last name and I could honestly say he never told anyone; well at least he never told me. It didn’t matter though, because he told me things he never told anyone and that made me different from everyone else. You could even say he loved me because of that but towards everyone else he was secretive. I was at an art show I first met him, he was looking out the window. I walked over. I wanted to see what was out there that was more interesting than the artwork. I looked out. Nothing. A couple of cars passed by before he finally said something. These were the best times to be around Mil. He had this habit of looking out of any window and dazing off. He could stand there for minutes; one time I caught him standing there for half an hour. I never knew what was going on in his head but every time he would break from his trance he would tell you a bit of his past, something he’d heard, or a fun fact. On that day, he looked over at me and said, “I knew this one guy. He was old. He should have retired at his age. He would scrub his hands using gasoline. He told me it was good for the skin.” I pretended to understand and thought about saying something like, “so what do you think of the art show,” but instead I walked away. The moment was so insignificant, but had I known how much larger than life Emiliano was, I would have stayed. 

 

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