punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Writing "Between the Lines" - 44,503 words in 9 chapters

Plowing ahead, my brain unstuck after a lot of browsing the web and listening to techno music. Sadly, I will lose sleep. But I am forging into deep unknown territory, fleshing out characters. I have to be honest, some of the writing is a little... off. This is normal when you just marathon write through a book, but I find myself going, "I can write better than that... what the hell man? No wait... can't stop. That's what your first draft and second editing if for."

I once was part of a writing group that excoriated me for the following line, "She was grabbed by a tentacle from the murky depths below." They said it was redundant, and I said it was poetic.

- murky: hidden
- depths: unknown
- below: beneath her

I pointed out that poetry was often redundant to really convey a point, and I felt my line captured the mood I was looking for: a kind of deep-sea horror. They said it was better said, "She was grabbed by a tentacle from the depths," but that that sounded too formal, like "the Depths" was an apartment complex (with access to pools and a tennis court, see our ad in the Journal, "The Depths at Kensignton: Our Homes are Your Values"). "The depths are below by default," said another writer. "And everyone knows sea water is murky."

I would like to point out that none of them ever got published. So nyahh!
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