And the result….
…is that I need to start writing regularly again.
Okay, so for anyone who missed yesterday’s post, I decided to write a new opening scene for my novel after coming across this. The events in my novel are largely driven by the actions of an intelligent parasite, and I thought it would be interesting to write a scene from the parasite’s point of view.
The resulting scene, it is safe to say, needs a lot of work. It took a long time to write – several hours for around 300 words – and I don’t think it made an awful lot of sense. This is not to say it can’t be fixed later – redrafting can fix pretty much anything, after all – but nonetheless I was hoping for more.
Looking back, the biggest problem here was that I hadn’t written much in the last fortnight. Essentially, I was out of shape: writing is like a muscle in a lot of respects, and it tends to be easier to do if you do it regularly. Thus, in order to speed up my writing, I reckon I should start making a bit more time for it again.
Another problem, however, was the intended style of the scene. I was trying to write it as a stream of consciousness – a style which I’m not used to. This would have been hard enough to pull off for a human character, but a nonhuman…yeah.
I did “learn” a bit more about the parasite character, for what it’s worth. The parasite’s “voice” became a little clearer to me, and I also gained a better idea on how it views the other characters. So in that regard at least, this exercise was worth the time spent on it.
So to wrap up: this was an interesting experiment that may or may not end up significantly affecting my novel. I’ll probably use it when refining the parasite’s characterization, but it remains to be seen whether this scene (or any others like it) make it into the final book. Regardless, it was a fun exercise, and I can see myself trying this with other characters further down the line.
Has anyone else had any writerly troubles in recent days? Feel free to share below.