Friday, December 7, 2012
Write, damn you!
Some of my longtime followers may recall that I am working on a Sword & Planet story for a spec anthology being edited by Scott Oden. After a couple of months of having no inspiration for writing it, I finally switched my idea to a first person narrative, and changed my viewpoint character, and suddenly it all clicked. I like this take, and am already 2400 words into a 10k word story. With a full outline, and defined characters, I think I should be able to pound this out quickly. At least, the first draft of it.
Related to this story, was my aborted first attempt. I had plotted it out, and presented the plot and first couple of pages to Scott, only to have him (correctly) point out that I didn't have any S&P elements, and that it would make a fine S&S story, or even alternate history. Well, now that I have switched tracks for that anthology, I took the old draft, changed the names, and started setting it up as a S&S tale. I think when I finish it, it will be on par with REH's "Phoenix on the Sword." It's that kind of story.
As I previously noted a couple of posts back, I am also working on a Military Sci Fi story. Did some work on that, and it's coming together nicely. Though I can't decide what length it will be. I guess I will just write the story to its logical conclusion and let the length be determined by that. Either way, it's actually a little low on my priority scale right now.
Which leads me to academic writing. I have a research paper due in a couple of weeks. I have started on it, and have a good outline, the sources, and the thesis and opening paragraphs written. The cool thing is, I am doing it on the early life of King Agesilaus of Sparta. And the research will drive directly into the writing of the historical fiction novel I have planned for him.
Some days I think I will never be a "real" writer (at least how I perceive that title). Then I have a week like this, and I start to think "I can do this!"