So, what’s been happening these past two weeks? Besides getting my A-level grades and not being as worried as I probably should be, I have gotten a good deal of progress down, with Syphon. Though, I guess you could say that it has regressed even more.
So, what’s been happening with Syphon (my story, to those of you unaware)? Well, besides having thought of a much better plot that would effectively make me change half of what I’ve written, not much. Not much at all. I haven’t deleted anything, yet. I mean, this is the first draft. This is where I should just let my adolescent, out of control story do whatever it wants. I’m not going to pretend it makes even the slightest bit of sense. Of course it’s going to have crazy plot holes if I just change a significant element of the main plot in the middle of it. So, I’m pretty much just writing the key scenes in separate documents right now, because to me, that will make far more sense than trying to segue into what is essentially a significantly different plot.
Again, plans help prevent stupid and annoying plot changes and it would probably do you good if you make one instead of keeping your “plan” in your head and changing it whenever you please. Why, yes. I will follow my own advice . . . eventually.
Oh, but some good ideas have come from this system. Since I’ve started writing individual scenes, it’s given me a much clearer idea of just what the hell is going on. (MAJOR SIDENOTE: Now you’re probably thinking right now: “Hey, Laurence. Um . . . shouldn’t you have already had an idea of where you were going with this. Seems a bit stupid to write a novel without know what’s going on.” And you would be right. That isn’t very smart. But I did have an idea of what was going on. But me being me, I kept deciding: “Well, this is probably a much better plot. Much deeper and far more interesting. You know what? Screw it. I’m going to change the plot to this.” You have no idea how many times that thought has come into my head and I’ve listened to it. Boy, with the amount of times I’ve changed the plot I could probably make seven completely different stories if I just change the character names.)
Anywho, as I was saying, since I’m writing key scenes (not necessarily in chronological order) and expanding from them it’s sort of like a safety net throughout the story. So if I know what the next key scene is, I don’t have to worry about deviating too far away from the plot with minor scenes, because I can write towards it. (I hope this is making sense for you guys. It probably isn’t). Oh, and I’ve written some scenes for the next two stories in the trilogy. You know. Because there’s absolutely no way that I’m going to change anything in Syphon that will make those scenes create plot holes and whatnot. I guess I really do need something of a path, after all.
Well . . . that’s what’s been going on in my world of literature. Oh, wait! I’m going to start reading more often! Whew. Can’t believe I almost forgot to tell you guys that. Boy would you guys have missed out on some key information in my life. ‘Kay. Even I think I’ve rambled far too long. I should probably delete half of this post . . .
Till . . . (MINOR SIDENOTE: It took me far too long to figure out if ‘Til’ or ‘Till’ was correct. You’d think it would be ‘Til’, but it turns out ‘Till’ is correct, and not because it’s short for ‘until’, because it isn’t actually short for ‘until’. But ‘Til’ is actually acceptable as well. Super interesting. The more you know). I should really just stop . . . Till next time, guys.