The Writing Bug Strikes


Well it’s back. The Bug. This time, however, I’m not going to take this laying down. I plan on grabbing this bug, looking it straight in the eye and saying,


“Hey McFly, you bojo, those boards don’t work on water!”


Now, I know, to most people, that didn’t make any sense whatsoever. Unless you’re a fan of the Back to the Future movies, specifically the second one. For me and my odd sense of humor, it’s completely logical. Funny even! I mean, a deranged writer holding a large insect of some undetermined species, quoting one of the most famous Michael J Fox movie series to date… what’s not to love?


In all seriousness, however, the writing bug is in the house. Both Sandy and I have always had heads chocked full of original stories to tell, but lacked confidence in our abilities to tell these stories in any medium. Photography, art, music, writing. Notice how I said confidence, not ability. Sandy is wonderfully talented, but just doesn’t admit it. This time, though, I am personally going to take Nike’s advice: Just do it. And I think Sandy is going to also, but that’s not for me to reveal. Shhh! Spoilers!



At the time of this post, I am 17,500 words into a story. A somewhat poorly worded and gramatically incorrect story, but a story nonetheless. I’ve decided to take the angle of NaNoWriMo, and just push the story out, quality be damned, in a fixed period of time.


So far, it has worked out pretty well. I’ll admit that I have partially betrayed the spirit of NaNoWriMo and have done a few Editorial passes over my writing thus far. But I was looking for blatant misspellings and grammatical errors as well as obvious plot holes! E.g. Character A was killed in chapter 5 but reappears in chapter 7. My OCD would not allow such atrocities to wait until the story reaches completion. My OCD demanded their execution immediately.


Things are going well, and with the help of the editorial passes, I think I’ve got a solid basis and direction for where the story will go. 17.5K words and 10 editorial passes in one week’s worth of time gives me a fair amount of encouragement that I’ve the inertia to see this attempt through. I will finish!


The fate of Carter Johnson, however, remains to be determined.



Giving it a go….

So, I’ve decided to give it a go. There’s this story that’s been kicking around in my head for some time now and it’s obviously the culmination of waaaaay to much Sci-Fi consumption. However, recently, the story line, characters, scenes, etc, all started to become very vivid and detailed. Little droplets of plot lines started joining together to form larger drops, larger drops further joining other larger drops until a small ‘puddle’ of plot exists in my head.


Deciding not to let this one pass me by, I dusted off the notepad that contained my previous notes on this story. After some very aggressive culling, i updated what little remained of my previous notes with the new vortex of ideas from my head. Much to my surprise, the action of updating my notes only increased the cohesion of ideas that were already rapidly forming. I wonder if this is what the point of all those ‘Note Taking’ exercises were in High School….


Well, I am hoping I can take the inertia I’ve developed and run with it, guiding it and adding to it as I go along. What has me intrigued is where it is going to take me!