La porta della Carta nel Palazzo Ducale, John Wharlton Bunney, 1879
So I’m kinda taking a break and kinda not…anyway, the plan is come 2011 to re-write my 2008 November Novel, Taken (formerly titled Blanchefleur). Right now I’m doodling with story notes, thinking about things, thinking about how often I fall into the abyss…which leads me to this manifesto on writing Taken:
1. A new title as soon as one presents itself. My titles are either thematic or metaphorical, and the perfect title keeps me pegged to the story.
2. Only write scenes where something happens. Duh! But you’d be surprised at how many scenes I write where not a damn thing happens.
3. If I get stuck, move to the next thing until the ice floe breaks. I tend to obsess about story stuff that really can be handled later.
4. Write the action; add setting details later, and don’t worry about it.
5. Be patient.