Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

There I go, again...

A65 is now 111 pages long, and I have 25 left to rework -- including the ending, which I pushed through -- and then print up. If I do make it back to 105 pages, it'll be a miracle...because I like what I've got, so far. But this is what I do -- start with a goal of keeping my work from expanding...and then it expands. And it usually does so through my characters.

This image is of a first edition "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" but is an official version from 1866. I seem to recall the Alice '65 I handled way back in 1997 looked like it, and was in a neat clasp-box for protection. This is what the whole uproar is over...and Adam is the only one who really honestly cares about it.

It's a quick script. 95% of it takes place in a 24 hour period. And I think it's true to everyone, so far. But is it a screenplay, yet, or am I prepping to make it a book? I have no idea, yet.

I seem caught between depth and dimension...and "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

Hm...isn't that what sank the Lusitania?


Writer said...

So, do you set yourself a daily page goal? I mean "I'm gonna write this many pages a day" goal?

JamTheCat said...

I should say, YES! But reality is, I'm all over the place. Some days I get 10 fresh pages written (usually weekends when I'm not working) while other days all I do is re-read my work and make changes or note possibilities for future consideration once the story's come together.

I printed up the first draft and spent a few days just going through ideaes I'd had to see where they might fit, and I count that as writing.

I'm not like Hemingway, who'd do 4 pages a day, period. No more, no less. And then he'd stop, even if he was in the middle of a sentence. I don't have that much discipline.