Well, that pretty much sums up my progress (or lack thereof) on my writing process.
While it’s not an epiphany, grand or otherwise (and I’m not exactly sure if I’ve detailed any of this in previous blog entries, though I highly suspect I have in passing), it’s a truth I should formally accept and acknowledge as I continue on this merry quest to actually!write a novel in my sprawling series saga. As I’ve stated [numerous times] throughout the length of this [still continuously weekly] blog, I plot out my novel(s) and the characters within, mapping out potential plot twists and narrative/character arcs that will appear (at varying degrees) throughout each series and the saga as a whole, as well as pondering how/if the other WIP stories about which I’ve (once again) plotted and pondered will/should fit in the Epic Series Saga. I’ve yammered on about it (albeit quasi-vaguely) at length, writing more about the process than actually writing about the stories themselves.
Though I have made attempts at actually!writing the narrative, recently, and in the past – both via pen and paper and via electronic devises (aside from using MS Word on my laptop, I’ve made some attempts on the Hanx Writer on my iPad mini, which was an interesting experience), I often get tripped up on how/where/when/with whom to start the narrative. The majority of the attempts have ranged from a few words to several (digital) pages, both in third person omniscient (the POV I originally used when writing) and in first person perspective (in quasi-homage to some my favorite authors); the majority of there narrative starts have been discarded and filed accordingly (by title, with date stamps on when they were started and when they were abandoned). The same goes with the various character development summaries and plot summaries. It does seem to me that I have an aptitude to create interesting plots and characters, yet an (apparent) inability to detail the pacing of the actual story in a clear (or as clear as possible) way.
Then again, I do worry far too much about how/if things will turn out, and often edit what (little) I’ve written before moving on with the actual narrative. I suppose I should stop being such a plotter and adopt a pantser attitude – just write and fixate on the plotholes and such after the story has been written. I suppose I can make an attempt at that.
After all, I’ve done well with pantsing (kinda) with this weekly blog – I type each entry directly to the WordPress site (as opposed to writing it out in MS Word and pasting the text, like I do with my theatre blog) and just
make up write whatever comes to mind. No doubt I’ve repeated myself (numerous times) over the years, and I rarely ever look back to read what I had written (though I have the urge to edit the few fictional pieces I’ve written and posted last year in that started-out-well-but-faded 100 Writing Prompt Project). Perhaps the fact that the subject of most of these entries is nonfiction (essays, commentaries, reflections, or whatever the correct term is) drawn from my writing life, rather than fictional excerpts of the characters and situations I’ve created even though I mention them in passing (vaguely, of course) is the key to getting past this Writer’s Roadblock (different from the more traditional Writer’s Block, as there’s a road upon which to take from Point A to Point Wherever).
I’m babbling (again) about things as I swerve past the Writer’s Roadblock (deftly avoiding the Writer’s Speed Bumps) and find myself (once again) travelling in the Writer’s Roundabout – that seemingly never-ending circle (of life, as it moves us all… oops, quoting songs now…)
Hmm… 600+ words written in about an hour’s time – that’s more actual!writing that I’ve done for my stories in the past few days…
That says something.
Maybe I should focus on that Meta story (series?) rather than the actual novel(s) I’m attempting to write.
Perhaps, in the process of writing about the process of writing the story, I’ll actually!write the story about the process of writing the story and actually!write the story itself.
End blog entry.