The worst thing about writing from my office as opposed to out in the world is that I never have good stuff to take pictures of for these posts. Luckily, I saw this at the grocery store last night. I haven’t seen Pixy Stix in so long. I don’t know if they’re still common in the US, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in Canada. I feel like I let down the universe by not buying them. I’ll just have to find some way to deal with being old.
The section of the book that I’ve been working on lately is where Antoine is telling Abel about his mother. What I originally had was basically a flashback chapter that was from the point of view of his mother. Which was definitely the easy way to write it, but in the end, I feel like I need to change that chapter into a conversation between Antoine and Abel. This involves taking out observations and emotions from his mother. Removing parts that only she would be able to see/feel/describe, removing her perspective.
In its place, I have to add dialogue between Antoine and Abel (Antoine dialogue is hard), which means I have to have reactions from Abel.
I have to do my best to understand what effect this information has on him. I think that’s helpful for understanding the journey he goes on in the story and relating to him in some way.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s not an easy process, although it’s a great exercise. I didn’t finish it last week, although I spent close to 2 hours working on it. I hope to get through it today. This will likely be the hardest part of the second draft and I’m really excited to get through it.
I’m pretty close to done with Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie. I’m going to be bummed when it’s done. Leaving worlds sucks. I’m still mourning finishing Locke and Key recently. I’m going to switch gears for my next reading choice, but I’ll save that info for a post after I start reading.
I made a new playlist that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. It mostly has Explosions in the Sky, An Autumn for Crippled Children and Lorde. This might seem like odd music to go together, but it’s really working for me this week. It’s time to see how this playlist works for writing.