Mindless Rambling Crap

I’m totally not running out of ideas for titles. I’m just stating facts.

So… I think I’m at the point where I can be productive again.

Now wait. Before anyone rolls their eyes or laughs at the idea of me doing anything even remotely useful, where writing is concerned, I truly, honestly, 100% believe I am at a point where I can raise a big middle finger to the unproductive abyss in my mind, and actually write.

What’s so different now? Why, good question hypothetical reader. What’s different now, is the fact that I’m now working towards a Creative Writing degree. You know… That super useful degree that will open doors for me, whatever job I apply to… right? Whatever the case, now writing isn’t just a passion of mine that I don’t have the effort to actually do. Now it’s something that I’ll actually have to do, and I don’t think that will take too much fun out of it. But even if it does, trying to write is hell, anyway, as I’m sure you all know, so it’s hard to make hell any worse.

Speaking of Hell… I promise I’m not going somewhere weird with this… Well, not too weird.

But yes… Hell… It wouldn’t be a proper update post of mine if I didn’t tell you I’ve revamped my story like mad. I couldn’t tell you a finalised, or even simplified plot even if I wanted to, but now one of the main characters, and her family are all demons. The kin of Satan, to be specific. Because why wouldn’t they be? Why wouldn’t I just randomly decide to make them demons? I changed all of their names to be more… “fitting”, of course. Changed their personalities to be more fitting, of course. I’ve changed their characters to be… Alright. They’re pretty much not the same characters anymore. Not even spiritually, besides a few of them.

So there’s that. And since it’s October, I may as well not-so-subtly force in a little NaNoWriMo reminder. I’ve epically failed the past three years, but if nothing else, doing NaNoWriMo has pushed forward my story, and what I want to do with it… The only issue is trying to stop that idea ball from rolling, so I don’t find myself shoving things in that make no sense. So, this year I’ll be writing my super-villain/demon hybrid mess of a story, that will totally make sense, even without a plan, and we’ll see where that takes me. Probably back to the drawing board, but who knows? Maybe the next time I restart this story, I’ll inexplicably make everyone androids, or some such. I don’t know. I wouldn’t put it past me.

I don’t know whether I find my lax attitude amusing and worrying, at this point. And if you clicked on this post, after reading that title, then I’m sorry. You were warned. This boring as hell rambling is all you get…

Well, I’ll be back soon, with some more super exciting updates! (I can’t promise any of that).

Till next time (hopefully not ten months down the line).

Laurence out.

Updating And Incredibly Pointless Rambling.

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.

Laurence out.