deathpixie: (writing part two)
So, I have the story I wrote for the NaNoWriMo last year. I want to try and overhaul it, perhaps see if I can get something vaguely worth trying to publish (the basic idea is fairly sound, or at least, I think so). The problem is, I'm trying to figure out a fundamental structural thing and I can't without getting people to read it. Only, it's as rough as guts and I'm kind of embarrassed to have people read it before I at least do some editing. But I can't edit until I solve the structural issue.

Dilemma, yes?

So, biting the bullet here. I need some people to read it over, with only a couple of things in mind:

1) Is the concept worth trying to work on it some more? I think it might be, but I'm usually pretty pessimistic about my ability to come up with good ideas;

2) It's currently written from multiple 1st person viewpoints, with a different character 'talking' each chapter. Does that work for this, or should I pick one character to tell the story?

With those two questions in mind, and only those two (I'm really just looking for a structural opinion, not a full edit at this point, I'm really needing to stress that, since I know it needs a lot of work to clean up the plot and the general writing), who would be up for reading an urban fantasy/cop procedural of around 50,000 words?
deathpixie: (writing)
Total word count, 50,054. I am officially done my first NaNoWriMo. Yay me!

Story rec

Oct. 27th, 2011 10:10 am
deathpixie: (dark city)
Amazing piece on the darker side of the Peter Pan story by [Bad username or site: @]
deathpixie: (the road goes ever on)
...and it just grabs you. From [Bad username or site: @], here.

... And then you climb the hill and for a moment you're suspended weightless and you see the tired blinking lights of the town spread before you, except here without gravity's touch or time's harshness the lights are emboldened, blazing like the last outpost against the eternal dark - blazing in such a way as to illuminate the lives of the people who came to this spot and who made this a place for their families and all those who would find common ground and purpose in the construction of this city. Just before gravity tugs at you and reminds you where you are, you look out at the horizon, lit gold from below and silver from above, and you know that when you were younger you knew the exact right words to keep going, out beyond the horizon to places unseen, and directions unknown - second star to the right, and straight on till morning....

Read the whole thing. It's amazing.
deathpixie: (writing part two)
Something from [Bad username or site: @], posted today:

Someone just wrote to me with the following question:

The problem I encounter every single time I try to write something is that I have a brilliant idea, but I have absolutely no clue as to how to make a proper story out of it. Bits and pieces will come to mind, but finding the whole story is typically a feat… do you know of a way to overcome this issue?

And this was my very quick response, which it occurs to me might be worth sharing, as one avenue (of many) that can be taken to solve this:

Identify a character in your idea.

1) What does that character WANT?

2) What does that character need to do to GET what they want?

3) What are they prepared to DO to get what they want?

Superman wants to save the world, will go through a quest to save the world, and will, if need be, sacrifice himself to save the world. (Crap example, but you see where I’m going.)

Hannibal Lector wants to be free to live in the way he wants, needs to arrange people and incidents in such a way that he can escape his current circumstances, and will kill and eat anybody he feels like in order to be free. (The difference between a "hero" and a "villain" is often the ruthlessness and extremity they’re prepared to go to in order to achieve what they want.)

(Also, the villain is rarely the villain in their own mind. Norman Osborn from THUNDERBOLTS/SIEGE is a good example of a villain who is plainly the hero of his own story. Another good example is one of my favourite villains, the deluded, vicious Janetty from Steven Grant & Vince Giarrano’s BADLANDS)

It’s a really simple way to discover a rough one-two-three structure that you can start to build on. You build on it by asking yourself what you can do to make 2) as difficult as possible for the characters.

Hope that helps someone.

It really, really does. Reposted in the hopes it helps others as well. :)
deathpixie: (writing part two)
...three more stories for 52 Pick Up. yes, I'm late and still behind, but I'm only four behind now (five after Sunday) and I have enough ideas and notes to get me through to catching up next week.

And I have to say, there's nothing so satisfying as getting something you've been trying to do for ages done.

Also, let me know what you think. I had fun with these three. :)

52 Pick Up

Feb. 8th, 2010 09:43 pm
deathpixie: (writing)
Finally, after beating the internet into submission and praying to the wireless gods, number 5 has been posted.

It looks like our wireless router has died, so online time at home will be limited to what I can scam off the health food place downstairs.

52 Pick Up

Jan. 31st, 2010 10:49 pm
deathpixie: (writing part two)
Story 4 up: Here.

52 Pick Up

Jan. 25th, 2010 12:27 pm
deathpixie: (writing part two)
Story 3 posted.

Not one of my better ones, but I really wasn't in the creative frame of mind this week.


Jan. 11th, 2010 02:18 pm
deathpixie: (gates of day)
I'm beginning lots of things this month:

1) 52 Pick Up is my new writing project, which I'm posting on my Dreamwidth journal. It's one story a week, for the whole of 2010. I posted the first one yesterday - let's see how it all goes. Thanks to [Bad username or site: @] for giving me the idea and to [Bad username or site: @] for the name!

2) I have my first Beginner's French class tomorrow, 10-12, paid for by work. I'm looking forward to using my brain's language centres again - it's been a while!

3) New glasses. I had the eye test Saturday and spent the rest of the day going "ow" a lot as the pupil dilation test always plays havoc with my eyes for ages afterwards. Everything was all clear, barring a slight deterioration in my left eye. The poll is going nicely and I'll drop by the place and see what I need to do re ordering a new pair of glasses that I won't be embarrassed to wear in public.

4) Gym tonight. Okay, not exactly a new thing, but I'm hoping to get back into regular exercise this month now that my motivation seems to have returned from Siberia or whereever else it happened to go. I also need to scope out the indoor pool front since swimming is my favourite and most effective form of exercise for losing weight/toning up.

5) Dry period. As usual, after the holidays, I like to cut back on the drinking for a while to let myself detox. After this past weekend, it's definitely time to knock it down a bit! St. Patrick's Day is the usual end date, for obvious reasons.

I also have some outstanding beta-type stuff to do, so I'll take advantage of what's been a very productive morning (got a motion served adn filed, in the middle of dealing with an adjournment of a matter on Wednesday, whee for telephone tennis!) to try and wrap my brain around them. I've discovered that going without caffiene over the weekend makes me all dull and sleepy, which means not so much in the way of productivity!
deathpixie: (Default)
Thirty stories in thirty days.

I did it. The first project especially for me, not for the benefit of anyone else, that I've completed since the depression started. If that's not a sign of my beginning recovery, I don't know what is.

My counsellor asked me what I'd do with these once I was done. I think I'll go back through them, tidy some of them up a bit, print them out and bind them. That way I'll have something tangible to say "yes, I did something difficult and creative, and I finished what I started".

So yeah. Feeling pretty good (albeit tired after a long day of work after being off sick last week).
deathpixie: (Default)
Fairy Tale )
deathpixie: (storms ahead)
Sequel to this piece, based on this image.

Sunset, when it finally came, was blood-red and stank of sulfur.

There was only one airship left now, the others vanished in the never-ending light of the previous days. Its crew was nameless, almost faceless, identical with their hair bleached white blonde and their faces tanned dark brown, save for the circles of white skin left by their goggles. Their clothing was uniformly bleached white also, no traces left of the original colour.

As individual as angels, they floated above a land of smoke and shadows.

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