Friday, October 18, 2013

Keeping the Faith

When you hit a milestone, the little things that kept you going change a bit. It's funny what a promotion or a wedding or a funeral can do to a person. Recently I was upgraded to the morning shift at work. It's nice to be able to work and get all your "day job" duties out of the way. Strangely I find it a lot like being in High School, only the stoners that I work with now can be themselves. 

It's been about a year and a half since I've had a regular shift that gave me the nights off. You don't think about it often, but those things called sunsets? Wow. Speechless. You forget the little things like going out on dates and seeing movies and eating at a regular hour. Funny thing is that I now have it, and absolutely hate it. 

Alas, those are the breaks of the day job, I guess. It's always the people that make them bearable, and if you are working 40 hours a week on a team that has no idea what teamwork is then everything falls apart. I'm almost positive that you (reader) would chose to work with people you loved, over people you hated any day of the week. I reserve my judgement and assume that I am correct in thinking this.  

I have started work on the 4th (and hopefully final) draft of my manuscript. I got a lot of great feedback from a few lucky so-and-so's that took a read to it. My job now is to refine the diction and thin out some of the long winded moments. So far I am feeling really good about the project. 

The greatest hurdle is separating the voices and making the characters distinguishable. (That was quite a process in and of itself.) I came up with a nifty way to do it that I wanted to share with you though. I started by drawing up a list with all my main characters and then began to cast them as if the book was now a film. The result, I found, was that when I am imagining an actor in my head speaking it's a tremendous help to understanding the dialogue flowing between the characters. It's a subtle bonus as well to hear Russel Crowe reading your lines, but that's besides the point.

It's a constant battle though to understand what the final edits actually are. It's so tempting to simply go back and rewrite large portions of dialogue and description, but I've come to accept my old writing. The result of combining new dialogue with my older descriptions makes for an interesting read so far. I am holding out hope that the trend continues. 

The graphic novel is still saving space in my brain, but I am trying to crank out the book first. I should have more information on that once my artist resumes his work on it. We have sketches though! I love concept sketching...

I'll have more for you soon otherwise. Stay in touch! If you like what you see you can follow me on twitter @EyesOfFjolne 


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