Thursday, June 21, 2007

Disorder

I've decided that I have to be stricter about keeping to plot outlines, because my last story was a little disorganised. So I'm spending today and tomorrow working on the characters and plots for the next three stories.

I worked on the plots and ideas for each story back in January, and since then I've been selecting the ideas that I'm most confident with. So it wasn’t a shock when I discovered that I did the least plot and character work on the remaining stories, mainly because I struggled with these ideas the most. It's similar to when I would reach the end of a project at work, and discover that I actually had more to do than I thought - because I'd left the most complex parts until last, hoping that the rest of the content would shed some light on these seemingly incomprehensible sections.

This could be the case now, as my writing style has changed - I now have a better idea of what plots and types of characters fit best into the style of this novel. I also found that the plots of two stories were too similar so I had to redo one of them.

At this late stage, I'm hoping that if I have a good think about the last three stories and really do a decent, detailed job on plotting each, they will be in better shape than the last two I've written.

6 comments:

Anna said...

If I may ask - you are writing a novel? Just trying to follow what you're saying when you mention "stories." Do the stories link together as a larger piece, i.e. a novel?

hellojed said...

Hi Anna, I am writing a novel, ten short stories all linked by a frame, both location and theme. I don't want to give too much away until I finish it...it'll be the great unveiling I reckon!

Ariel said...

I like the sound of having time solely dedicated to writing... One day perhaps...

Beccy said...

Glad you're still toiling away on the novel.

Good luck with the next three stories.

laurie said...

so are you goign to have any of the stories published anywhere separately? we are all vastly curious!!

hellojed said...

Ariel, it's nice to have and something I'll never take for granted, after years of office work.

Beccy, thank you and welcome home!

Laurie, I might actually do that if I can't sell the novel as a whole - split the stories up and sell them individually. At the moment I'm just focusing on finishing and then editing it, and then I'll send it on to others to review. But it is an option I'm considering for the future!