January 6th, 2011

KK with Kanji

Sometimes you get an explanation...

that makes things click in your head.

Once, when I was reading Spinning in the Old Way, a book about drop spindling, all the problems I had using topwhorl spindles went away.

I'm not much into "how to write" books; not saying they don't have useful info, but sometimes, I have the suspicion that their real purpose is to make the writer money rather than answer my questions, and with my tendency to go overboard on research rather than do, I have to be careful not to get caught up in the study. 

But yesterday, I read a little ebook called Story Structure Demystified, and suddenly some pieces of the puzzle just clicked. 

I love that feeling.  I don't know if it was how he explained it, or just that I crossed some threshold about thinking about story structure, but there I was - suddenly the light bulbs went off and I moved from intuitively knowing some of this to having concrete ways of thinking about it, the vocabulary that meant something and a mental picture that made hard sense.   I mean, I already knew a lot, like when I read that book on spinning,  but this put it into a way that all the terminology, jargon, and other things I know about literary structure snapped into place.

I love moments where all the little bits and pieces in my head suddenly come together. 
KK with Kanji

More writing insight....

I just realized I've been obsessed with comparison/contrast mode.  Most of the longer stories I've attempted have done this, long before I discovered InuYasha.

Slaps Pink's hand for being repetitive.   

Now, I am plotting a story that has absolutely NO comparison/contrast.  We won't know who the bad guy is until the end.  That's gonna be a change of pace.

Looks at twwltnw, which is still in cooldown mode.  Wonder if it'd be useful to write the braided bits (cause of course, *giving Pink the evil eye* I have comparison/contrast between the bad guys and good guys) each separately as much as possible.  That story is gonna be long by the time I finish it, I just know it...

Must be insight day.  Wonder what the Mercury aspects are?  LOL.

I also gave into the reality that I plot a hell of a lot easier using pen and notebook.  Put a card table behind me, have a notebook there, and if needful, can put my other laptop up there as well.  I'm actually getting a lot done!  Amazing!