Friday, September 17, 2010

Done-ish

Yesterday morning I fished a rough draft of my enviro-noir detective-punk novel. But I'm talking rough: it's only 45,000 words long.

Now, that said, I'm not a castaway on Novella Island just yet. There's an enormous amount of holes in this draft, owing to the fact that I discovery-wrote the whole thing. That means there's a lot of content to add.

However, that means a type of work ahead that will be somewhat painful at times. Essentially, I'm going to have to figure out how to round out all the main characters' stories, and draw the plot out a little more. I've already got numerous ideas how to do this, but now I actually have to draw it out in a word processor, make charts and timelines, and do all that nasty grunt work.

I'm looking forward to it. I had some wicked flashes of inspiration the last few days, so that the writing of the conclusion yesterday was more an exercise in its necessity than the savouring of a palatable confection--an activity merely to get it on paper, and see if it stirred any final feelings in me, before I got to the work of editing and addition.

Hopefully, I can double the word-count in the final draft. If not, well... this project can join my last attempted-novel project... on Novella Island.

-bn

6 comments:

  1. Biopunk Noir?

    Charts and Timelines?

    This has taken an odd turn, an odd turn indeed.

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  2. Way to go, Ben! It's always nice to finish a rough draft, even when you know there's a lot to do for a second draft. My problem is usually writing too much though, rather than not enough.
    Enviro-noir detective-punk? I have to say, this is the first I've heard of this genre.

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  3. Oh, I accidentally ran 'enviro-noir detective-punk' through my mental filter before posting. I understand, sure. You're writing "The Windup Girl", except the main character is presumably on the other side of the law.

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  4. Hmm... I haven't read The Windup Girl. But perhaps I shall!

    ...or perhaps my subconscious already has.

    -bn

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  5. Also, I've always thought of 'punk' as post-modern 'noir'. I mean, hard-boiled detectives are already punks, and they mostly live dystopias. They just don't have transmorphism and they still do the sexy dame the regular way instead of via CYBER.

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  6. Hahaha. Yeah, you're right actually. I guess "biopunk" is the ideal word.

    Still... gonna go with enviro-noir detective-punk. And add... thriller to the end.

    -bn

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