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One Of Those Turning Points

It's one of those days. Best summed up in five little words: I submitted the novel today.*

Leaves me the rest of the week to work on the rewrite on "Sacrifices" and "Tigerfly" before diving into the outline for the novel sequel. The plotting seminar with Tim Powers this weekend at Context was instructive, and I definitely want to crank the twists and turns in the followup book as the story becomes more and more a "secret history." It always was my intention to take what I like about Powers and King, and tell my own kind of story. Now I get to see whether I succeeded.



* -- I just hit the send button, responding to a request.

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splinister
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
stevenagy
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's definitely out of my hands now, which is a good thing. Putting it out of my mind.
michaeljasper
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Congrats. Hope the novel works its magic on the requester!

Any details you could share about the Powers seminar? Sounds like a great class to take.
stevenagy
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
It was good. Just too short at 90 minutes, though much of what he espouses are things you do on your own. You can't really brainstorm a plot, because the twists and turns aren't you if they don't come from your own imagination.

His method is very OCD, lots of free writing at the beginning where he clears the cobwebs and just bursts ideas onto the page without any restraints. He pares that down after the fact and picks and chooses ideas that stand out and progresses from there to develop the plot.

Another point he made was the construction of character biographies and asking what someone wants most in the world and what they want least in the world. The two don't necessarily need to be polar opposites, and probably shouldn't be set up that way.

Then it's just a matter of mixing those characters and their aspects together. He uses notecards for mapping every action, and then plots those events out on a calendar/timeline so he can move variables around if necessary until he comes up with the flow.

Divide into three acts, pick the starting point for the narrative (which isn't always the beginning of the timeline) and you're just left with the writing at that point.
michaeljasper
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This is great stuff.
stevenagy
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome.

Hoping to use it for the next book. Always need to set the bar higher.
jimhines
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, and good luck!
stevenagy
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I'm keeping my joy quotient in check here, though, despite being told by the spouse to think positive. Sending the book out was a positive response. I'll let things happen if and when they happen. No counting of chickens; it's only the fourth of fifth hudle if you count the first draft and rewrites. :-)
sarah_prineas
Oct. 2nd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the novel submission!!!!! Eek!
stevenagy
Oct. 2nd, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
raecarson
Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
I submitted a novel today.

Eeeeee!! Good luck, dude.
stevenagy
Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I hope I don't need it. Or that she likes it enough to take it.
|| shrugs || Opportunity knocked and I had to answer.
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stevenagy
Oct. 2nd, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

No chickens were counted or otherwise harmed here. It's all about the process. Just had to note it because I can't believe I sent the darn thing. Three-plus years of my writing life, and I didn't hem and haw before hitting Send. I'm either insane or ... no, I'm most definitely mad here. Submitting anything is just asking for bad luck -- except I keep telling my girls you don't get anything if you don't show up. So, it's a good kind of crazy.
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stevenagy
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
So I'm already anticipating a rush of madness + WTF am I doing. :)

That pretty much summarizes the gamut of emotions.

And I think that's only natural. You've got to internalize that it's just a process. Every book passes from conception to adulthood; it's all craft.
klingonguy
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
That must be a glorious feeling. :)

Congratulations!
stevenagy
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :-)

It's an even better feeling today now that I've shed most of the paranoia about how bad the book must be and how horrible I am as a writer. Shed it and realized that I'll still write and still try to improve my craft no matter what happens.
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