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Still going…

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I’ve been able to do at least 2,000 words over the last three days. It definitely seems to help that I’ve gotten over the middle of the first draft hump and the story’s direction is focused. I’m a-hoping I can keep it up. I’ve actually been able to really get some good flows going using the 2k goal.

I talked to someone today who asked me if I had a working title – my answer was lame, lame, lame – “I did, but the story has changed so much it isn’t really relevant any more.” I’m sure that’s not unusual, but I should probably have something to tell people.

I also need to come up with a ten second overview I can tell people. Plenty have asked. When I’ve gone into an explanation, they usually glaze over and start looking for other people to talk with. I did write a back cover piece just to distill the concept, but it’s a little melodramatic for conversation.

“Hey, what are you writing about?”
“In a world where good and evil share the same mind…”
“Uh, never mind.”

Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly like that, but I need to get it together so I sound like I know what I’m doing even if I’m not always sure.

P.S. Can’t say that I’m enamored with the quick post feature here on WordPress.

Nugget of Truth

Came across this from Bibliophile Stalker.  I dig this particular Q & A from this Robert Freeman Wexler interview:

In your own words, how would you describe your style of writing? Or is Robert Freeman Wexler his own sub-category?

Every interesting writer is their own sub-category, and every interesting writer has been influenced by a lot of other writers. I don’t know how to describe my style of writing. I read things I like and try to write something that I would like to read. I like surrealist art and try to incorporate a surrealist feel into most of what I do. Is that a style-box I can fit into?
Amen, brother. Nice distillation of the why. If I’m writing something I’m not interested in reading, what’s the point?

Write, write, write

I’m coming up on 60k words today. I feel like I’m finally on the downhill side of the story, if only just. Things are beginning to come back together and the end of the first draft is in sight. I’m amazed at the changes that have already taken place from the original premise, but have enjoyed the ride thus far. It’s business time.

Music to Write By

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Gladiator - Soundtrack of Choice for Writing

Gladiator - Soundtrack of Choice for Writing

I like me some music. All kinds. But, I can only write with instrumental music playing, preferably at a low volume. If there are lyrics, I’m sunk because they divide my attention keeping me from immersing myself totally in writing.

I usually write to a nice mix of soundtracks from Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and Black Hawk Down, as well as some stuff from the Shadowbane video game (which I do not play) and Eberron RPG (which I do). Those work for me pretty well. Sometimes the exciting, tension-building moments start playing at the wrong times, but that’s okay.

I’ve recently included a jazz-esque playlist that includes some Miles Davis, Ernest Ranglin, Hanneke Cassel, and Ibrahim Ferrer. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write with that going on, but it’s working just fine. My next playlist will probably go the acoustic guitar instrumental route. I’ve got some Hawaiian slack key guitar stuff, some Bruce Cockburn instrumentals, Tone Poems and a few other odds and ends that should be a nice way to mix up my music.

Do any of you write with music in the background? If you’ve never tried, I would recommend giving it a try. Music can be wonderful for setting the mood of your scenes, you just have to make sure you like what you are hearing.  If you already listen to music while you write, what are your faves?