Tag Archive: pre-writing

My Muse Is Evil

I’ve been working on the most horrible things I can inflict upon humanity and it is excellent stuff.  It makes me wonder why this aspect comes so easily.  The last story I wrote, I melted a screaming- slowly-dying-horse, ripped people apart, by way of having them eaten alive by a horde , and sent humanity back to the stone-age via brimstone and fire.  Among *cough* other things.  I can’t count how many times I came out of the office crying because of the horrid stuff I had just written and visualized.  Heart wrenching as it was, I was thrilled at the same time.  Ugh.

It came out again as I went through Week 2 Part 1 of HTWAS,  a couple of minutes ago.  So I continue with the dual state of being horrified yet excited about what is coming in this novel.


A Series Game Plan

I have a series blurb done.  So my next step is to look at the blurb and figure out the logical steps that will have to occur in each novel to have it fall into place.  So in order to do that I will do a mind map to get some ideas together after asking some questions.  Like; if this happens what effects would happen here?  Who would it affect?  What causes this to happen?  What could be lost?  What could be gained? Who gets hurt the most?  And so on.  As many questions as I can think of to apply to the idea and pull out story arcs for each novel.  The whole A+B=C routine with a few left hooks and upper-cuts to keep everyone guessing.  This is going to be fun, but it will also take a while to complete.

It’s Coming Together

Things are coming together as I work through this lesson.  I’m having to go back and strengthen what I’ve already written, like hot points and themes, but it is helping me to make a stronger story.  My weak areas are being torn apart and stronger ideas are taking their place.  I’m becoming more and more excited as I go through the HTWAS course because it is making me rethink many things and come closer to what I have envisioned.  Filling out worksheets I’ve already completed because I finally ‘get it’ is a very small price to pay for being able to create the book I want to.

Alright, I’m off to do worksheet rewrites and finish the last two pages in this weeks course.  Then on to week two.  😀


Just a quick update.  I’m closing the poll and working through the HTWAS Teaser Worksheet.  I’m going through this very slowly so I can get the most out of it.  I’m still in week one of the clinic.  As soon as I’m finished I’ll work through the other clinics and workshops as needed to make these stories the best that I can.  I added a link to HTWAS so it’s easier for those who are interested in it to check it out.  Or you could click here.

I found out something really awesome about, “The Sentence” and want to share it.  I did all the prep work to get it for the first novel in the hope-to-be series of stand-alones.  I was staring at it and “The Sentence” for the series.  Then the thought hit me.  I can do the “Points” for each of the things in the sentence and have multiple things to run on for the book that tie into one another and interconnect without killing the muse at the same time by keeping with the big stuff.  By having the Sentence at the top of the page as I do each one the muse keeps that in perspective.  It also allows for twists to follow easier.  and sentence-lights to pop up and make plotting great with candy-bars ready to go.  This way I don’t lose track of what is happening and it is consistent.  As you can tell, I run off on tangents quite a bit.  (I’m trying to avoid one now. 😛 ) 

I also was loosing track of what I had learned, but I re-read my entries here, to see if I was running around in circles like I was today and I became grounded here.  Mind clutter really gets to me sometimes.  I’m just happy I’ve been posting what I’ve been finding out so I can look back and say, “Oh, shoot, that’s what I learned.”

I now understand the quote, “How do I know what I am thinking if I do not write?” – Virginia Wolf  

It’s more of a paraphrasing, really. 

Anyway, on to getting the overall picture I want.  Breaking  it down into “TS” and then back to defining and deepening the components with clinics and courses. 

I have to figure out the ‘why’ before I can get the  ‘how’ to function.  Anyone else like that?