Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Elevator Pitch

My goal this month is to repeat the 15,000 words from last month. That's 500 words/day, which is pretty easy, actually. I'm also restricting blog time to 15 minutes, as I don't want this to eat too much into creative endeavors.

I'm still working my way through the Snowflake Method. I wrote a one sentence summary of the novel, which currently goes like this:

A free-spirited preacher’s daughter tries to hold her family together when millions of people, including her mother, vanish in the autumn of 1988 in an event that resembles the Biblical Rapture.

That's probably all that I'll say about the story until I have a second draft completed.

Right now I'm working on summarizing the plot into a paragraph that describes the situation, the basic crisis points, and the ending. I am finding this extremely difficult, which is probably symptomatic of deeper plot problems. When I wrote the novel, I had a clear vision of the characters and the situation, but I didn't know what would happen. The story grew organically out of it, which is good in many ways. Now, though, I need craftsmanship rather than creativity, and that involves disassembling what I wrote before. That's just not as easy as it sounds.

Oh, and I also need an ending... somehow I neglected to really find one in my previous draft.

I'll take another crack at the paragraph summary tomorrow.

Today's writing totals:
Novel: 552 words
Blog: 234 words
DAILY TOTAL: 786 words



Mark said...

Well, you didn't really have an ending, sure--but it was fun enough that that didn't matter so much.

Still, looking forward to seeing where it might end up.

Bittersweet Sage said...

Yeah! My first comment on the new blog! I thought I'd lost everybody.

Thanks for the kind assessment of the ending of the first draft. I'd say you're just sayin' that, except that you are a very honest (albeit tactful) critic.

I really need to figure out how to set up a link section on this template. So that I can point to the few blogs that I read, i.e.
yours and gg's.