Saturday Out

I went through my critiques and made some good changes to Will ‘O the Wisp this morning. There was pretty universal agreement among the group about where I could improve things.

I had a pretty common thing happen to me regarding the story this week. One of the cool things I came up with for the story occurred in a television show I saw this week. This happens to me all the time. I write something months ago, and it winds up in a show or movie before I can publish. I’ve heard I’m not the only one, and not to change a thing. My story is different, and it will have to be what it is.

We’re a couple weeks behind around here. We wanted to see the new Captain America movie weeks ago, but wound up with other commitments. Today was our day.

I thought it was a really good movie. In a series type story, the one where the good guys fall is regularly the best one. The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite of the Star Wars movies. The story here was my favorite part. That and Scarlet Johansen.

I like a good action movie, but that was the worst part of this film. The camera was in constant motion during the action scenes. Quarter second point of view angles, lots of blurs and shaking cameras. I had to look away, because it made my head hurt.

I know this is the cool new thing, but I hate it. It distracts me from the story. I don’t know if I can make a comparison to writing. All I know is pulling someone out of the story is bad.

I wound up drowning my sorrows at Old Chicago Pizza. I finished my Mexican beer tour and got my tee shirt. The beers were all very similar, and all pretty good. They aren’t my style, and if you’ve ever had a Corona you’ve got the flavor down. I’ve been drinking craft beer for quite awhile. Compared to good craft beer, they’re kind of like making love in a canoe. (Think about it for a second.)

I still have some editing and publishing type work to do, but it isn’t nearly as much fun as writing a new manuscript. I tend to hit it pretty hard, and never feel weak when I step away for a bit. I may work on a few things tomorrow, and I may not. The next two weeks at work is going to be hectic. If I have to use the weekends to just wind down, so be it.

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  1. Yeah the grueling process of revising and editing…nowhere near as rewarding as putting fresh words on the page unfortunately. And for me, far more time consuming.

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    • I’ll get everything done. With the weather improving, I’m going to get involved in other things. My wife and I like to go out on Saturdays too.

      I’m taking the “all in good time” approach.

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  2. Definitely worth leaving things the same – I read several books with similar plot devices to mine recently but they’re so different that I don’t think it’ll matter. Also remember Chuck Wendig’s famous words “it takes as long as it takes”. It’s so true. I take ages to write my books so if you feel it’s going a bit slow take comfort from the fact that I, too, am eating snail and tortoise dust! Although actually, you write stuff way faster than I do. 😉

    Cheers

    MTM

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  3. I feel you on being scooped. I just found a book, recently published, with the same premise as a piece I’m working on. It’s just another leaf on the tree of tales, and I’m sure it’s different enough to be worthwhile – no two stories, however similar they may be, are actually the same, and no story, however original it may seem, is actually new. 🙂

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  4. Good for you on getting out and about! When you get consumed with writing, it’s sometimes good to take a mental break, though getting a headache at the movies I’m sure felt like two hours of your life that could have been better spent revising your manuscript. So I’m sorry the movie was “eh” but glad the pizza and beer seemed good. And glad that you got a much deserved day out. 😀

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    • There are going to be more of these for a little while. I want to work on some of the old stories. I have some cool ideas for a new story, but a plot has yet to appear.

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      • I feel your pain. I’ve got 6 (out of 7) to revamp (UGH!) and sure enough, as soon as I stared fixing them, I had THREE new story ideas and am frustrated that I can’t start writing them yet!

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  5. I’ve seen this happen a couple of times. I thought I had a unique and clever idea and then someone else pops up with something similar before I’m anywhere near publishing! But, your story to tell will still be unique. Run with it!

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