It’s not easy to write a blog entry, seeing as I don’t seem to… do anything unique on a regular basis.
Since the last entry, I have instituted a 2,000-word per day minimum requirement, just to keep me working. That has been going well.
For the past week, the writing has been flowing rather easily. Things that have never previously occurred to me end up on the page and I love seeing it happen. Sometimes writing is really just reading something in real time.
The book is going to be divided into two narrative threads. There is the fiction section and the “non-fiction” section. I put it in quotes because the non-fiction section is the book that the fictional character writes in the book. So, it’s written as non-fiction and all, but it’s really fictional non-fiction.
Anyway, I’m less than a week from finishing the non-fiction book, at which point, I start doing the “big work,” which is switching back to the main fictional story element.
After that, it will be a matter of weaving the two together in a cohesive manner. The point has to be that they are stronger intertwined. That is a more satisfying read as a result.
When I was writing today’s section, I saw the threads that would connect it to the fictional story. It was nice seeing the points where they intermix like that.
But the trick is… the non-fiction has to read like a real non-fiction book (although the non-fiction will only be presented in excerpts), and the fictional elements have to piece together and work on their own.
If you only read the non-fiction, it needs to hold up, and vice versa.
It has to be something that makes both elements serve a bigger story in a better way.
I hate it being a device and will resist all attempts for that to happen.
This plan paints me into a corner and will make me tell a more real story. By excerpting the non-fiction, the characters have to become real. The exposition is removed from their interpersonal dialogue. The reader will know what they are talking about at that point.
Which means their story has to become compelling without the artifice of setting up and explaining what is going on around them. That’s the goal.
So, that’s kind of what I’m up to. I don’t like yammering about the book and the process much, but at the same time, I do like leaving little trails here for me to look back on someday. This is sort of the moment in time when I’m starting to feel that it’s going to work. At least the combining of the two narratives. (Ignore previous blog entries that claimed there would be three).
That’s all I do right now.
Every week, there are more pages and less author. Write. Gym. Write. Gym. Write. Gym.