Readercon, melting, and composition

July 22, 2011 at 10:48 am (Cons, Writing work)

Readercon was delightful.  These last couple of years have been really good — maybe I’m just acclimating to the con.  Or maybe it was because I went out to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 Saturday evening with family.  Neville Longbottom FTW.

Since then, it’s been hot and ugly.  Every year, I try to tough it out without air conditioning; every year, I swear it’ll be the last.  So far, I’ve only had to stick my head in the freezer once, but today might be my breaking point.  Melting point?  Vaporization point?

I’ve also been writing this week — a little less than I’d like, averaging only about 2K per day, but it’s a start.  I can’t really do Anatomy of a Composition the same way I did Anatomy of a Revision, since it’s a longer process without nearly as much to show for it.  (Never mind that it’s first-draft stuff and therefore absolutely terrible.  I already know several scenes that are gonna have to go or at least be severely overhauled.)  However, I liked blogging the Anatomy of a Revision posts, so I’ll try to do weekly composition updates.

So far this week, I’ve written pieces of the following scenes:

  • the end of the dance
  • a distraction that distracts no one
  • that one incredibly awkward “we didn’t think this through” moment, which turned out just right
  • and a really sweet moment a little while later, which currently seems so perfect that I suspect my “turn the id loose on this project” approach is clouding my vision.  Well, the editor-mind can have it later.

These haven’t really been action-packed chapters — those come later — and so I’m a little worried about pacing right now.  Stopping the action so that people can have long soulful talks is not the best way to keep your audience’s attention.  (Although, come to think of it, it worked in Ghost in the Shell . . . or maybe it just worked for me in Ghost in the Shell.)

If I keep up this pace, I should be able to get through Big Exposition Chapter (I am not looking forward to this) and into the next phase of action sometime next week.


  1. Auntielou said,

    Thinking of you in the heat wave. Cool showers help. Hope this creating blog is as inspiring as the revision blog was — speaking selfishly. Hope it helps you, too.

    • mlronald said,

      We’ll see whether it helps — it’s certainly inspiring me to keep my word count up!

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