Commit log #106

Three good things:

1. Night-time showers invigorate me enough that I think I may chillax sooner in the evening and shower earlier and, thus, write earlier. Or something. I don’t know. Ask again later.

2. And so to bed.

5 thoughts on “Commit log #106

  1. To fix your middle, find or CHOOSE the end.

    Then, for each potential diversion, calculate a path to the END. If there isn’t one, dump that middle.

    Good to be crazy in the middle, but you have to satisfy yourself (and then readers) by an end – so that becomes a way to sort out the possibles from the discardables.

    If you can’t choose an END, then you will never sort out the middle, because every plot twist in the middle can lead to many endings.

    Here is where you get to be godlike: what would satisfy you emotionally after everything is said and done? You are, after all, telling stories FIRST for yourself. It is a place where you have supreme control: in MY universe, THIS happens.

    Good luck!

    • Good advice for those who have the godlike power to plan this all out, but I can’t follow it so well. Currently, I’m someone who has to explore because I don’t have a handle on my characters. I write each derivation and look at the result and say, “Did they do what they really would have done?” and the answer is (currently) no, go back to the drawing board.

      I can get to the ending I have in my head by forcing my characters to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do, but that’s no good for me to be a satisfied writer.

      Trust me, I’m trying.

  2. You are allowed to change characters so they WOULD do something.

    In fact, you are allowed to do anything you want!

    I just hope, for the sake of people like me who like at least some kind of closure, that you get to SOME end eventually. And at least satisfy yourself.

    Does it help to dig out, in your mind, the books that have satisfied you – and ask yourself how they did it? I always end up reading things and repeating authors that have a certain subset of the ethical and moral universe (even if that has to be stretched a bit, and then I want justifications – only way I can explain that I like The Godfather and can’t wait for the next episode of Dexter). Not everybody has the same universe, but writers – and people in general – do have a subset of stuff they can live with and still call it a good ending.

    Those are your tribe. You write for yourself and for them.

    If I ever get to be counted among the writers of MY tribe, I will be happy.

    • The characters can change but they have to still make sense. I don’t think it’s as easy as saying “Wilma will run over dogs” when the rest of your story holds her as someone who cares about animals.

      Basically, I have issues with running through motivational logic of my characters. It doesn’t make any good to change their logic when I don’t follow the changes. Ergo, I’m still an exploratory writer and that’s not going to change instantly.

      Your advice is well-intentioned but it’s not helping.

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