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Immersing Myself in my New Project

Finally seem to be gathering some momentum with the new project.  Twenty pages so far this week; not blazing speed by any stretch, but a good pace for this stage.  More important, I'm starting to get a feel for the character, for the world, and for the voice I'm using to write the thing.  That last may be the most important for me, and the hardest.  The last thing I want is for this new set of books to sound and feel just like the last series and the one before that.  In part haveing a different setting, a different magic system, and a different cast of characters will take care of that.  But there's more to it.

The prose I write for a new series has to match the themes of the books.  For the Forelands books I wrote a lot of castle intrigue and warfare, and my writing reflected that.  The metaphors and analogies, the way characters spoke to each other and described their world -- all of it was built around the worldbuilding and plotline.  This new series is different -- for one thing, the world is mostly ocean, and there are lots of isles, so there's a water theme to my prose this time around.  That's how the characters would think, and so those are the terms I use to describe action and emotion. 

Just one example, of course.  The point is, it's starting to come together.  I feel myself sinking into the world, acclimating myself to this new creative environment.  Fun stuff.  On days like these I love my job.


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Nov. 21st, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)

Go for it!
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sherwood.
Nov. 21st, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
"...I feel myself sinking into the world..."

Did you catch your ocean metaphor there? It seems you are thinking in yor book's voice even away from the book.
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Missed that completely. But you're absolutely right! Thanks, Mark!
Nov. 21st, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
Good luck with it! Sounds very fun -- and like an interesting setting.

not blazing speed by any stretch, but a good pace for this stage.

This was a nice thing to hear. I've heard a number of authors say one's pace improves over time as one simply becomes a better writer, but the idea of a gradually increasing pace while working on a novel is also encouraging!
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely my experience, JT. I liken it to working on a big jigsaw puzzle. It's slow going at first, but as more and more parts of the puzzle begin to take shape, it becomes increasingly easy to find the right piece and put it in the right place. By the end of a book, I'm usually flying -- 10-12 pages per day at times. But I could never dream of writing at such a pace at the stage I'm at right now.
Nov. 21st, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it!
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hey you! Thanks. What are you working on?
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Eh. Just the usual, short fiction, outlining a new book, and a stage show requiring blood, feathers, and jello.
Nov. 21st, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Didn't Blood, Feathers and Jello put out the hit single "Spinning Wheel" in the late sixties or early seventies....?
Nov. 21st, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! It was on their album "Jiggle and Fly" wasn't it?

The rest of the album was largely a yawn, but if you can find the single, on the B side is "Space Dog" with a spoken word cameo by Shatner.
Nov. 21st, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
[Waves white flag] Okay, you're way too quick for me. I'm an old man and it's been a long week...
Nov. 22nd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
>Oh yeah! It was on their album "Jiggle and Fly" wasn't it?

Boy, that made me laugh. Thanks.
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