Wednesday, May 1, 2013

IWSG - May 1st, 2013

So this is my first IWSG posting and I'm not 100% sure of how to go about it.  If you're not familiar with what IWSG is, click that big picture up there.

I'd say what's getting to me at the moment is a little bit of everything.  I'm toward the end of a first draft I started several months ago (and put on hold for A to Z).  I'm writing story only in this draft... But I'm seeing some plot holes.  Although I'm still really excited about the story and the potential, I can't help but think:

 - I'm writing about [islands, beaches, boats, cliffs, tides, battles, governments, religion] and what do I really even know about any of that stuff?  Only what I've seen and heard about in my (debatably) boring life!

- I just read J. Abercrombie describe a tremendous guy who "had a chin like a doorstep" or some such...  That's awesome!  There's no way I could come up with such a visually effective description!

 - This is my first tango with writing romantic elements.  I'm a guy who likes to crash through the woods with a dog at my side then splat into an armchair and eat pizza while playing Mega Man X.  What do I know about romance?

 - Even if I complete this story and it's perfect, who's to say I'll be able to portray the setting, and forge quirky characters, and crack witty dialogue, the likes of which the world has never seen?  Because if I can't do that, then what's the point??

Apparently I'm having a far more insecure day than I realized.  I hope these posts aren't supposed to be sunny.  I look sunny enough.  But in my writer's nucleus I feel like a soggy cloud.


  1. Had to laugh at the romance bit! You should've seen me writing my first female character in my second book.
    Just plow through that first draft. Revisions are when you can fix the plot holes and such. And if there are details you're unsure of, you can spend time searching for the answers.
    Welcome to the IWSG!

  2. Well, don't go by my blog entry today for an example of a proper IWSG post. I was atypically sunshiny and sickeningly cheery. Just had a month off from blogging and wasn't feeling myself. :P

    Anyway, I totally get what you're worried about. My novels are set in Wales. Wales! I did eventually go visit there, but before that everything I knew about it was from online research. Doubts? I got 'em. But critique partners seem to like the novels so far, so maybe I faked them out on a few things.

    And is that line about the chin from The Blade Itself? Seems familiar and, yes, very apt.

  3. There are always days like this as a writer. Only advice I can offer is pull from your favorite things. See how your favorite movie or book does things and put your stamp on it. Good luck.

  4. Alex - Good advice. Thanks for having me!

    L.G. - The line is from The Blade Itself! Good call! Yeah, I've done more research for this book than I can remember... and over things that I didn't even expect to need to know

    Brandon - It does help me to read something good or get out in the forest and re-up on my creative flow.

  5. Well as for the "what do I know about this stuff," that's where the fun research happens. Sometimes you have to look things up or ask an expert on the topic. As for the rest... that's what the imagination is for ;)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

    1. I'm thinking my imagination is going to need to go into overhaul on the crap I'm trying to come up with for this story.
      And it's daunting


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