I know I’ve been slacking on my blogs lately. I’ve been trying to save my typing fingers for the book. I’ve actually had a small stint of inspiration today and got down a few good words. I’ve discovered that it’s tough to write a book if you want to do it right. I’m a very picky person, and I tend to tear movies and other story mediums apart. This includes my own writing. It doesn’t help that I generally only get about 4 hours a week to write. Any amateur writer out there knows that it’s a spit in the ocean to get 4 hours a week to sit and write something creative… =(
I have one simple rule that tends to weed out a lot of movies, books, and game stories for me. It is simply this: “If I can remove a major portion of the characters and events from the plot, and still make sense of the story, then it wasn’t worth watching/reading.” Too many films and other storytelling mediums create a collection of scenes, but they don’t often contribute to the final resolution of the story. Movies like Transformers 2 crushed my spirits when I mentally removed 95% of the film to uncover the weak dingle-berry that they called a main plot. I am doing my best to create a full length story that focuses on the characters adventures, without too much filler. I’d like to think that my only filler is that which details the environment; the paragraphs that give you a sense of locality and spatial awareness. I try to keep my chapters unrestrained, so that each chapter is moving the plot, even if only by a little.
I’m hoping that this approach will offer a fairly intriguing story and may peak some interest for any potential readers out there! My only fear is that it may not even reach 200 pages, but I am far from that milestone, so I’ll hold my tongue until that day comes that I’m writing “fin” on the last page =).