Normally, by this point, I’ve finished up a 1 to 2 page-long outline for my 3-Day Novel. This year? Well, I wrote an outline . . . for my original idea, then I changed my mind and decided to go with fun-and-weird instead of horrifying-and-macabre. I have about three paragraphs worth of summary and some character sketches, but that’s about it. And that’s all there will be – my schedule is too crazy right now for me to do any more than that.
But you know what? I think it’s going to be OK. Sometimes it’s just better to let your mind wander and see what happens. And this story idea is so screwball, I think it will work no matter which direction it goes in. I have a loose, general plot idea (doughnuts, funerals, bestiality cults . . . the usual) – and the more strange and off-the-wall the rest of the story can be, the better. This year I am trying something different. Maybe it’ll work; maybe it won’t. I’m not going to have the time to fret about it, so why waste my energy?
The novel I’m currently revising, we’ll call it B-Killer to keep things simple, started from an idea I got while on a three-day train ride, so I whipped out my iPad and just started writing. I never wrote a single outline, a single character sketch – nothing. As I’m revising it, I’m retroactively making a character/world bible just so I have something to refer to as I work my way through because a few characters did go from having “dark eyes” to “hazel eyes,” so for the revision process it’s good to nail those details down. But in your first draft – who cares! Quantity over quality – that’s always been my mantra when banging out a first draft. Write first. Worry about the details later. Just get that idea on paper before you’re distracted by the next shiny idea to pop in your head!
A photo series I plan on doing about the weird crap you see in Fort Worth, Texas. Let’s start with this one, shall we?
Found on a sidewalk in Fairmount in the Near Southside.
Needless to say, I did not whistle. Maybe another day when I’m feeling more suicidal.
It’s almost that time of year again – 3-Day Novel Contest time! Time to activate the bloggity for the first time in God knows how many months.
This year I’m going to try some for something a little less heavy than my previous years’ attempts. Something manic and ridiculous – celebration of (harmless) deviance. This will be the first 3DN since a rockin’ coffee shop opened up two blocks from my house – I think I’ll be drinking a LOT of soy lattes this Labor Day weekend.
Lots of junk has happened recently. New job. Other stuff. Exciting! Maybe I’ll write about it! Or maybe I’ll forget and neglect the blog for a few more months. You’ll just have to come back and find out!
Rio, lounging in his favorite chair. This is how he spends about 80% of his day.
Did you know it’s the Year of the Short Story? Me neither, but now we both know and our lives are richer for it.
What does this mean?
Basically, read, write, buy, and talking about short stories more!
I really am surprised that in this day and age the short story format isn’t more popular. I mean, we all have pretty short attention spans these days (I know I sure do). The short story is the perfect fiction format for the more noncommittal reader (myself included). It seems like everyone laments that the short story is dying, but no one really does anything about it or offers a solution to this problem.
So, buy a short story collection, read some online short fiction, and talk short fiction up. The next time someone says the short story is dying, start running and screaming, and claim that you are being chased by an undead short story because 2011 is the year the short story is being resurrected.