A Milestone: The 100th Post

by RS on September 23, 2010

So this is a  big deal! One hundred posts about my trials and tribulations about writing Julius, working as freelance writer, and an occasional post on whatever is top of mind.

I feel as if I should celebrate and have some cake. Wait, I can’t do that I am on a strict diet.  But I will write about some changes I’m making to Julius.

Have you ever read William Goldman’s The Princess Bride? Don’t cheat and say yes when you actually saw the movie, which was cute, but the book was much better. One of the gimmicks that Goldman used was that he interrupted the story with his own observations about his wife and kid, working in Hollywood, and  about life in general. I loved those sections because he really was reaching out to his audience  and confiding in them. Sort of what I do with these posts. I mean doesn’t it seem that I’m actually sitting next you, drinking a cup of coffee, shooting the shit, about what’s next for Julius or what recent software discovery I made. It’s personable, right?

Apart from adding more layers and depth to the scenes I have I thought it would be a neat little trick to have Corinne, the narrator,  step out of the frame of telling her story, and address her audience. John Burdett uses this in his Bangkok series. His narrator and hero, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, addresses his readers as farang, the Thai word for Westerner.  For Corinne, this would be her way of editorializing in her wry manner. I’m playing around with it and I have to send it to my workshop members and see if it works. One person likes the concept, but she hasn’t read it yet.

Other than that, I am adding more musculature to the story, trying to play around with metaphors, answering questions workshop members had about how the characters could afford to quit their jobs to run a literary magazine and be gilded bohemians. Lots to work to do for Part 1, and I have to get myself out of the corner for Part 2. That means reconsidering the role of three characters. These are the bad guys, and I need for each one to make sense of why they belong in the story. So it’s time to use the white board draw up a list of why they should be included and why they should.

[Insert BIG sigh]

It seems my work is never done. And let’s not talk about the paying job. That seems to have turned into a 24/7 job, and I’m behind. Very behind on writing lots and lots of articles!

Even though I have discussed time management numerous times, it still is an issue. And I don’t know what to do except get up earlier, go to bed later, cut out all socializing (off and online), and just be focused on one thing: Writing.

Speaking of which I have a story to write and a revised chapter to send to a workshop member. Off I go!

3 comments
Myra
Myra

Hey Rebecca,

I read Princess Bride to my daughter when she was seven, and injured. We both loved it.

That was thirty years ago, and I don't remember the conversation with readers, but it's a cool convention.

Myra

RS
RS

Isn't it?

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