Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Follow the Yellow Brick Road....

After much soul-searching and plotting, I have decided that the story is going the way it is supposed to go and have started writing again.

One of the ways that I know it is going well is when I start getting sticky ideas and they work. Sticky ideas are something Jenny coined over at ArghInk about how ideas start sticking to the story as she thinks about it and begins plotting it. Only the ideas that will work are the ones that stick--everything else falls off.

Part of my dilemna was the fact that I wasn't sure I wanted to really break the couple up. Shouldn't I give the lieing, cheating bastard another chance? How many chances would I give my own spouse if I caught him cheating? Um, NONE! And when I broached the subject with the girls, my daughter's friend said "Why would she stay with him if he was like that? That would be stupid" so from the mouths of babes, yada, yada, yada.....

And so I press on. Wrote another 3000 words today. I realized that I had my main character leaving her husband WAY too soon in the story line. So I upped the conflict a little and gave the reader some more reasons to start to seriously dislike this guy, and the scene where she finally packs up and leaves is much further into the story. So it is better all the way around.

Oh lordy, look at the time--gotta go...

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Training Blues

I am so tired and it is barely 830 PM. I have been putting in some extra hours at work, what with training new drivers and driving extra routes, so by the time Sunday rolls around I am just whipped... But I need the OT so I can pay off some bills so I keep working the hours. I should be reading my mss and doing some plotting and I just don't have the mental capacity to even consider it.

Training a person to drive a bus is both mentally and physically exhausting. Riding around in a bus for 6 or 7 hours sitting sideways or trying to get comfortable on those hard seats just does my back in after awhile. So I think I will finish my blog and go to bed. Sad, isn't it? I didn't even go to bed this early when I was a kid! Gonna wrap this up...

Which Way To Oz?

Well, not sure how this will turn out because every time I try to choose my font and color I can't get into the screen to actually write my post.... Strange.

Anyway. Been writing a lot lately. Have over 20K on the new story, which is great. Slowing down a little on the momentum because I am having to rethink some of my plot details and change some things to make everything work with the new direction I'm heading in.

For those of you who don't talk with me every day, this story came to me, pretty much fully formed, back in December. I loved it and started writing it and let my oldest daughter read it. She made a comment that had me looking at the story in a whole new light and suddenly it went from a fluff piece to a serious novel. Not sure if I am the one to write it, but I am giving it my best shot.

Because I changed directions, I am having to re-write one of the main characters who now has become an antagonist. Not so easy because I really liked the guys and struggled with making him into kind of a cold, arrogant jerk, but hey--you can't have it all! And I love the way the story is flowing and where it is going and it is going to be really good. But I can't help thinking that maybe I should have given him another chance. There is a part of me that wants to make the relationship work out, to still follow the original path. It is tempting. The story wouldn't follow the same general lines that most romance stories follow--I would be breaking some rules, but I think the story would be just as good, if not better, if I broke them and went where my heart is leading me to go. Damn it. Why can't they just play nice and do what I want them to do instead of acting like two year olds and insisting on their own way?!! Characters can be so maddening sometimes!! *grin*

So I am going to read the story again, and I think I am going to plot it out on a whiteboard with both scenarios and see which one speaks to me. Even my muse is torn. I can feel her vacillating between story lines and so I am going to sit back while she figures it out for herself before hitting the keyboards again. Because hey, let's be truthful here. If she ain't along for the ride it is going to be a rough and rocky road! I'm giving myself a week to sit back and look at all the angles before I make my decision. Maybe I will send what I have out to a couple of friends and see what they think. I'll let you know what I decide.