My Goal: Read two chapters of Story Engineering a day until I finish it.
Test my grasp of those lessons on my WIP and short stories.
I’m still in the character section of Story Engineering. The last part I read had to with plot vs. subplot vs. subtext. I sort of get it. I understand the examples Larry Brooks gives, but I’m having trouble making the connection with my own book. It’s like trying to think of a word that’s on the tip of your tongue. I’ll probably reread that chapter.
The writing’s going well. Thursday and Friday I got a bunch of pages under my belt for the short story. I don’t know if I mentioned it here, but this is totally unrelated to the vampire book. This one’s going to be about wizards AND it will definitely have romance in it. Written by me. Kait has fully endorsed this plan, so I know I’m on to something good.
This is my first try at a short story and while doing some brainstorming with Susan, she explained how I should be structuring it. Even though it’s not a full novel, it still needs the same story elements of one or it’ll be a bunch of scenes with no point. I’ve also never written fantasy in a medieval type setting, so that’s fun. Though, as much fun as I’m having, I don’t want to neglect my vampire story and will return to it this week.
So, this week’s song I picked Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine. To be honest I have no clue what the song’s about, I just love the energy in the vocals and the way the music builds in the beginning. Makes me feel like something big and important is happening when I sit down to write. This is an awesome live version because it sounds almost exactly like the studio recording. It’s refreshing.
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