Friday, February 27, 2015

WIP Marathon February Update

I'm writing this post a day early because I need to focus on studying tomorrow.

Last check-in: Mostly finished chapter 32. Working on chapter 33.

Current check-in: Finished chapter 33. Wrote most of chapter 34, but I figured out a way to streamline it, which means it'll probably need a rewrite.

Also, I finally figured out the backstory! Yay!

current word count = 115,255

WIP issues this month: It's been a really good month in terms of productivity. We had almost an entire week off because of bad weather, so I wrote almost every day that week. Also, one of my RL friends randomly decided to write a book, so he and I have been meeting at a cafe once a week to get work done.

I finally reached the good chapters, but they've been more challenging to write than I expected. The problems mostly involved small but important details - How do I get my characters from Point A to Point B? How do I steer a conversation so that the characters do what I want them to do? How do I justify what these characters do and do not know? And how do I do all of this efficiently?

Things I learned this month:

1. Sometimes, changing tiny mechanical details can make a story flow more efficiently. Character B can follow character A and catch up to her somewhere along her trip, or maybe he knows a side route that will allow him to surpass her, thus catching her by surprise and saving me the trouble of writing a scene where she hears him coming and then has to hide in the bushes.

2. I don't like writing romance scenes.

3. The biggest pain in the ass is a character who knows everything. One of my characters can literally look back in time (not more than a few days). She's not a very important character, but with such a useful power, it's impossible to justify not using her. So I have to give her a reason to stay silent for a while.

4. Writing at this level of perfectionism is really exhausting, but I don't know any other way to write. This is why I plan on having a day job.

Distractions this month:

The usual: school, friends, reading, internet, TV (I discovered that I like historical dramas--even when they're bad, they're still full of pretty actor/actresses with pretty accents and pretty clothes and pretty hairstyles.)

Books:

Finished:
-Charm and Strange
-The Lowlands (audio)

Currently reading:
-Otherbound
-The Martian Chronicles (for a book club)

Goal for next month:

Try to finish the WIP, though that seems to be going a lot slower than I wanted. Also, get better about taking care of myself. Once the weather's better, I'll have more motivation to exercise. Also, I need to actually make a habit of going to bed before midnight instead of staying up and dicking around on the internet.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book Recommendation: Some Girls Are



This is a difficult book for me to review. The problem is that the thing that the elements of this book that made it good were also elements that made it difficult for me to relate. I never went to a school with named cliques and outright bullying, but that's exactly what this book depicted.

I still enjoyed reading this book. I thought Regina was a great character, and even though I didn't relate to her experiences, I absolutely related to her on an emotional and reactive level. I think this book will really resonate with other people who are familiar with bully culture.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Summary Reactions 3: Red Queen

"Summary Reactions" is a (very short) series of posts where I analyze the Goodreads summaries of over-hyped books I plan to read. Today, I'm looking at the summary of Red Queen, a YA fantasy novel that came out a week ago.

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"The poverty stricken Reds are commoners (The poor people are the commoners? Really?), living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow (I still can't get over the fact that her name is Mare), a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?"

This summary lacks anything in the way of detail, so there's not much I can do with it. Honestly, the idea of a caste society divided by the color of blood sounds gimmicky, but it sounds like a lot of people loved this book, so we'll see.

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I reserved Red Queen through the library so hopefully it will come in soon. Hopefully, it will not be nearly as generic as this summary makes it out to be.
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