Sunday, 19 May 2013

Terrible Minds: 25 Things

Over at Chuck Wendig's blog terribleminds this week he posted another of his 25 Things posts that he does so well.  This week it was on outlining and helped me through another tough week of writing.  So thank you Chuck.

As I was thinking about how to write my diary this week I thought I could try my hand at 25 good things that I learnt from Chuck.  Unfortunately, I'm not Chuck, and I just don't have that mad joie de vivre thing going for me that he does so well.  Instead I have my usual diary that I maintain as a way of keeping a grip on reality, as defined by my ability to maintain forward progress with my second novel.

So this week I recorded that I managed to do another 5,171 words, which brings the novels running total up to 28,753.  In some aspects I feel I've made a breakthrough in that I know I'm now into the second act of the novel and know what my story is about.  Now it is down to how I write that story, which is still evolving in its details.

I've also managed to finish reading Evan Wright's Generation Kill.  This story makes a fine bookend to Nathaniel Fick's One Bullet Away that I mentioned in a previous post.  It has left with much to think about.

One thing Wright wrote was that the war in Iraq was a lot like the film Groundhog day.  Each days fighting in Iraq presents the same problems over-and-over again, and each day the Marines go out and try to do the right thing.  Funnily enough my first novel has that whole groundhog day thing going on for the main character who is trying to make things go the right too.

Serendipity, or what?

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