Sunday, September 03, 2006

I Hate Making Up Blog Titles

Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences... They are the ones who keep writing. ~ Bonnie Friedman

I'm going to start titling my blogs randomly, I swear. There are some days when the hardest part of writing, any writing, is deciding on a title for the blog. This morning, I simply wasn't up to it. Sorry...

So, I'm at about 3,000 words on my story and am stuck, Stuck, STUCK. The really weird thing about my stuck-ness is that I know exactly what I want to happen (the big events, anyhow, that lead up to HEA). It's the small things that are keeping me from writing: Did she limp out of the car? How did she get the call for the new job - on her cell phone? Silly things.

AND THEN, as I was dozing off last night (isn't it amazing how well your brain works when you're half asleep?), I realized that I was missing all kinds of stuff in the first part: absolutely NO physical descriptions of anyone but "pasty faced man", lots of dialogue with no narration (what the heck are they doing?) and no internal emotional reactions AT ALL from my POV character.

What the h-e-double toothpicks was I thinking?

I'm planning on banging through the ending today -- and at least getting the big stuff penciled in. After I have the skeleton, I should be able to add the rest slowly, layer by layer. I hope.

I really do like this story, so I don't know why it isn't flowing. I like the characters, I love the idea, and I really like "pasty faced man" even though he's only in it for a little while (though I may have to bring him back for a cameo at the end).

Ah... writing. You gotta love it. Or you'd hate it.

3 comments:

anno said...

Blame it on the weather. Our brains need the cool crisp air of autumn to work well. Otherwise all we'd do is lounge in the sun, munch salty chips and homemade salsa, and sip fruity drinks with pink paper umbrellas in them. You'll see: the weather will change and your story will start to work.

Tori Lennox said...

I'm going to start titling my blogs randomly,

I do this a lot.

absolutely NO physical descriptions of anyone but "pasty faced man", lots of dialogue with no narration (what the heck are they doing?) and no internal emotional reactions AT ALL from my POV character.

Wow! This sounds just like me! So... misery loves company?

Marianne Arkins said...

Anno,

You may be right -- I imagine I'll be finding out soon enough. It's a fine line for me, since I work in my unheated basement. Come the winter, I can only work on the computer for a few minutes at a time. Then I need to stop and sit on my hands to thaw them!

Tori,

You're so funny... and, I actually thought of you when I did my blog title because of your random titles you've done lately!

I'm usually pretty good at writing narrative, but for this story? Not so much. Hopefully I'll be able to go back and fix it. Though, to be honest,I don't even know what my heroine really looks like, so that may be part of my problem (well, duh).

gmkgq - Give me Krytonite, Gary. Quick.