Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The "Moon Crater" Write-Up, Week # 10 - "Adjusting the clocks"

# “I don’t remember... much of anything... of those years…” – Anya Marina

The grand plan: to finish the novel I've been working on for about 8 years over a period of 5 months! All of the planning, plotting and preparation is over, it's time to just get down and write the blighter! Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to pass on some tips for other first-time writers as I discover them myself! So with a working title of Moon Crater, this is my week-to-week experience of its creation to complete-draft stage... Chris G. Allan (May to Sept ‘07)


3 things that I've achieved this week with my writing:
* I’ve passed the three-quarters mark of the 1st draft! Only 6 chapters to go…
* I’ve worked out properly the “paper trail” game of the hunt for the Missing Reel for my main website…
* I’ve made some interesting research notes for a future “historical” series of stories that I want to write after Moon Crater

A sentence from the new chapter of "Moon Crater":
Billy and Jo ran their fingers across the etching on the old tree stump – this, like most other things they’d recently discovered, had been right in front of them all along – this particular message, though, had been waiting for them for a very long time...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The "Moon Crater" Write-Up, Week 9 - "Minding the gaps..."

# "The disappearing nature of the people we have been, we have begun to change..." # - Adam Duritz
The grand plan: to finish the novel I've been working on for about 8 years over a period of 5 months! All of the planning, plotting and preparation is over, it's time to just get down and write the blighter! Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to pass on some tips for other first-time writers as I discover them myself! So with a working title of Moon Crater, this is my week-to-week experience of its creation to complete-draft stage... Chris G. Allan (May to Sept ‘07)


3 things that I've achieved this week with my writing:
* I've written out the main denouement/twist of the book...
* I've been reminiscing about some early writting forays into comedy writing - a useful memory...
* I've been upping the book's "emotional ante" more (or so I hope!)

A sentence from the new "Moon Crater" chapter:
Right at that moment Billy's life changed - his ideas and opinions about the people and places around him would never be the same - all he could do was stare back and ask, "Is this the truth?"


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The "Moon Crater" Write-Up, Week # 8 - "Mourning lost Time?"

# "A lot... goes... on... A lot... goes... on, but nothing happens!" # - Ben Lee
The grand plan: to finish the novel I've been working on for about 8 years over a period of 5 months! All of the planning, plotting and preparation is over, it's time to just get down and write the blighter! Hopefully along the way I’ll be able to pass on some tips for other first-time writers as I discover them myself! So with a working title of Moon Crater, this is my week-to-week experience of its creation to complete-draft stage... Chris G. Allan (May to Sept ‘07)


3 things that I've achieved this week with my writing:
* I've discovered that half an hour is just as good as an hour first thing in the morning for writing...
* I've hopefully found a way to "advertise" the book more on the internet...
* I've injected more emotional punch into the newest chapter than I'd originally envisaged...

Sample sentence from the new "Moon Crater" chapter:
Billy began to sing just like everyone else in the place, but as the words echoed all around him, he looked down at them on the sheet - he'd seen them before, not like this, but it was unmistakably the same text...