Update: The Project

I am still busy with my project, now approximately 18,000 words into it. Wring have slowed down a bit, but I expected it. For me, the first chapters are always the easiest because my stories are still simple there. Plain. I introduce some characters, give the readers a few things to think about with the main character and introduce a theme which I try to drag through right to the end. My themes have ranged from things like “This character can’t do maths,” to “the dead never leaves us,”. It all depends on my mood really.

I’m pleased with how things are going, but I’m starting to realize that I need to do some serious planning. Or, not planning but mapping certainly. The thing is that, this story is not just about the story. The theme actually plays a very big role in this and I need to accentuate that without repeating myself too much.
At the moment, I’m repeating myself too much.

But, things are flowing. I have a nice set of characters, my main characters are established (sort of) and I have already picked a proverbial scapegoat. Because, my stories won’t be the same without a little bit of unfair treatment.

And, my main character surprises me, which is a pleasant thing. I have worked with the same characters for so long that there are very few surprises for me. This one is different. She has a mind of her own.

It’s good and so far, I hope the writing is as well. 😉

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6 thoughts on “Update: The Project

  1. suzy wong January 21, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    supercool!

    • Alyssa January 24, 2011 / 9:29 pm

      Ja, ek weet ek is!

  2. mish January 22, 2011 / 11:29 am

    Way to go !! Good Luck !!

    • Alyssa January 24, 2011 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks, I’m trying.

  3. Aheïla January 22, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    I’m glad you’re having fun with that project. New stories are always a blast to start.
    I have to muzzle some of my ideas before they drive me nuts. I have a book to translate and one to complete. Plus Killing Time OST. I just can’t afford to let new characters jump at me right now. Not that they listen, of course.

    • Alyssa January 24, 2011 / 9:33 pm

      I have to do so as well, otherwise the words start to take over my head!
      My Other Half’s already telling me to “Go and Write, I can see you disappearing.”

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