Writing About Writing About Writing

Someone wrote about something I’d written about writing (okay, I think that’s enough wordplay for now).

Author Jami Gray posted about my article on how readers read that I wrote for Mythic Scribes about a month ago (here). This is both flattering and encouraging. It kind of means I got something right.

…better not let that get to my head.

Also, I’d better get my writing back on track again. The stupid shoulder injury won’t work as an excuse for much longer. I can write this without feeling all that much pain, and I’m able to type at my computer at work with tolerable discomfort.

I’m seeing my physiotherapist on Wednesday and after that I’ll probably be unable to use the arm at all for the next day or so, but then it really should be fine.

I need to get my daily routines in order. With the weather we’ve been having here lately I’ve been able to do some really nice walking around the are. I totaled it up and in the last week I walked well over seventy kilometers – a little less than fifty miles. I’m quite pleased with that, but it takes a lot of time.

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Wandering around on countryside roads provides plenty of fresh air and inspiration, but it is not time spent writing, and I really need to do that. I want to get four short stories done and ready for release by time my novel is ready to be released. I’m still hooked on the idea of using some short stories as promotion for the novel. I just need to write them first.

First up is the story of Emma.

The premise is interesting, and I like the setting, and the characters seem like they’re pretty cool, but I’m struggling to turn it into an interesting story. I had a bit of an idea about how to improve the twist part, but I’m still uncertain about the path the story needs to follow to get from the beginning to the end.

As an additional exercise/challenge I’ve decided to try and apply the Kishōtenketsu story structure, which uses four acts instead of three:

  • Introduction
  • Development
  • Twist
  • Resolution

I don’t know that I’m competent enough a storyteller to pull this off, but I’m not going to let that stop me from at least trying. If nothing else, I’ll at least learn something, and hopefully I’ll have fun while I’m at it.

I’m kind of looking forward to getting into the writing, but the shoulder’s getting worse as I’m typing this, so actually writing will have to wait some more. Instead, I’ll lie down, listen to some music and see what ideas come wandering.

The story takes place in the middle of winter so the music of choice will be this. It’s a DJ set by one of my favorite chillout DJs and it was made to for the winter solstice celebrations at Digitally Imported’s Psychill channel (streaming radio).

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Writing About Writing About Writing

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