John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Spent the past several days doing thinking and meta-writing on the new novel idea; it's fun to be flexing some of those old mental muscles again, even if it hasn't pushed the ol' wordcount up any. It's pretty typical for me to write 500 - 5,000 words theorizing on an item for my own use, before I actually start writing much of the prose ... but then once I seriously get into the prose part I often compose straight to the page and do little revision. If anything, I tend to go back and expand on parts that seem thin in the first draft, because once I get caught up in the plot I often hurry through it because I'm just as excited to see the end, even knowing what it is, as I would be if somebody else was writing the thing.

Only problem is, in the case of the new book, I don't actually have a plot yet, just a premise; and in this case it's a premise that needs some working out before I can really come up with a plot that fits. It's entirely possible that for this novel I might even — gasp! — write an outline before I start the writing proper!

What are things coming to? Is this the same by-the-seat-of-the-pants wunderkind who spun the entirety of Suburban Jungle out of an offhand comment by hantamouse about a tiger walking along the beach?

Well, yes, but it's ten years later and that wunderkind is more of a seasoned campaigner now. ;)

So anyway, if you don't hear much from me, it's because I'm up to my elbows in word processor ... or at work, but that's another story all together. Of course, I'm not sure how much traction this journal is getting these days; LiveJournal's gone rather quiet over the past year or so, as everyone's wandered off to the next social medium du jour. But y'know, LJ works and works well, so I'm sticking with it until I have a reason not to.

-The Gneech
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