Monday, March 16, 2015

Abstract Thoughts: Kill It With Fire!

Writings of a Muse

Jeez, getting back into this blogging habit after so much time off is really hard. Sorry for the big gap in posts again folks. We will try to do better in the future, if for no other reason than to get the Idea Salesman to lay off the nagging for a while. But Renee has been busy slogging through quicksand lately and that doesn't leave much time for blogging.

If the Project Manager had posted last week, he might have shown you a lovely line graph with a big flat stretch of nothing representing Renee's recent progress. The last few weeks have not been good.

Renee and the Inner Editor have been stabbing away at the most recent short story, "Blood", and it just will not die. It wrote out pretty quickly when Renee and I first jotted it down, but it turns out the underlying structure was just all kinds of mangled.

So IE and Renee have been going back and forth, not really making any visible progress and getting very frustrated. Renee took some time off to clear her head. They tried working on something else. A very long checklist was made. None of the usual tricks are making the process go any faster. Every change they make just seems to necessitate more changes.

Move this here and switch those things there and now that bit at the beginning no longer works. Highlight that thing and search for another and suddenly the whole manuscript looks like something threw up on it. Speed this section up, but add more detail to that part over there instead, and oh crap now no one is doing anything but thinking for three pages. The pacing is off. The motivations don't work. Is the blocking in this fight scene even possible?

Stab. Stab. Stab. Why won't you die!?!?!

It's been downright nauseating to watch. I can't even imagine how IE is feeling. I suspect she's going to need a nice long rest when all this is over. I've got an idea for another little short story rattling around in here somewhere. I think I'll suggest Renee work on that next, rather than rolling right into the second round of revisions on "Fishwife".

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