As I continue this task of writing my first novel, it’s begun to dawn on me just how much work a novel really is.
When I recently trashed the most of 45000 words I knew I needed a better plan of action. Conflict was missing, the rules of my world were very hazy, and I hadn’t a clue as to what was motivating each character. Sure I had the general gist of my protaganist and antagonist, but everything else was flat.
Enter planning mode in which I devoured as much as I possible could on the art of book writing. Sanderson’s laws of magic taught me about the importance of structure with a Novel’s magical constructs, Butcher’s blog taught me the importance of conflict within a story and the tension that results, thereby making a book more interesting, and lastly I took the time to find out who my characters were. I wanted to know their motivations, their past, their quirks. etc…
Now that I have firmly laid these in place, my writing has begun to take off again. Here’s to hoping for a good month’s work and progressive progress for the Shadow Soul.
I went to see Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. While Marvel’s recent Phase II movies haven’t completely lived up to the hype (see Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World,) The Winter Soldier certainly did.
I must admit, when I heard that the Russo brothers were set to direct The Winter Soldier, I was skeptical at best. While I loved Community, I wasn’t on board with the idea of two unproven commodities directing a movie of this size. And while I normally cringe at the idea of being wrong, in this instance, I rejoice. The Winter Soldier was not just good, it was great. And by great, I mean that it was on par with Whedon’s The Avengers.
I loved nearly everything about the movie. The opening sequence was beautiful. The Winter Soldier has finally given us a Cap that showcases all of Rogers’ abilities. In past movies, the Captain was well near the bottom of the totem pole as far as super powers go, but I feel that The Winter Soldier showcased them perfectly.
Mackie’s Falcon was an excellent addition to Marvel’s growing cast of characters and we finally got a movie that showcased the Widow’s badassness.
My one regret of the movie, was that the Winter Solider was barely in it. Based upon the end credits, it seems as if the relationship between both Rogers and Barnes will be fleshed out in further episodes and that we must all wait to see what happens next.
I’ve always been inspired by massive battles in both print and video. To this day, I would swear that the fight between Neo and the 100 Agent Smiths in Matrix Reloaded is the best movie fight scene ever. The epicness of Helm’s Deep in the Two Towers is another classic. There’s just something about battle on a grand scale that can be truly mesmerizing. The opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan is another example of this, though it was at times a complete shock to the senses. I will never forget sitting in the theater, as a ten year old, watching at wave after wave descended upon the beach. Chilling, yet memorable.
So when it came to writing my own first major battle in Shaw’s Uncanny Afterlife, I was extremely excited. I’ve had it planned from the very beginning, The sequence was one of the first things I remember plotting when I set out to make an outline of the book. After forty thousand words, I was finally able to write this scene. While it is still in rough draft mode, I’m extremely pleased with the outcome of the chapter. It’s chapters like these that make the rest of the tough sledding worth it.
One of the difficulties in writing these scenes is making them come alive. I can see it so clearly in my head, and yet i found myself having to continually read and revise. It is definitely was of the harder things to get write. Overall, I would say it was very successful, and I cannot wait to finish this rough draft and get that final payoff. It is going to be amazing and the promise of that is what is keeping me going.