Well I am 7421 words into a 50k challenge, and I am liking where I am at.  I have noticed a lot of my writing it just getting the story out, very little detail or characterisations etc, but I am happy with that.  I want the story told rather than be too graphic about the surroundings.

Yesterday I did the rape scene, which was hard.  How do you write about something you haven’t experienced?  Well, I chose to focus on the emotions rather than the physical actions – yeah, I have a problem with writing sex scenes, I don’t believe that they are necessary in a story, so why have them.  But this one was important, this is pivotal to the story.

For those who don’t know (and there won’t be many), I am writing the story of Medusa, the snake haired lady from Greek mythology.  Its about how she became the snake haired monster, because in some stories she started out as a normal girl, working as a priestess in Athena’s temple.  There are two versions of the story, she told Athena she was jealous because she was more beautiful, which doesn’t lend itself to the story, or, the version I prefer, Poseidon took her in Athena’s temple, and because Poseidon is a fellow god, she was unable to punish him, so she punished Medusa instead.  While that is a great story, there is still more that I am adding to it to make it a little more interesting, but still keeping within the context of the original myth.

This is quite an exciting story for me, and I have found that the best way to write this is to focus on an intense scene, write it, then write the preceeding scene, and keep working backwards.  Surprisingly, this has led to quite a revelation, this works for me, and I have less errors coming out, because I already know how I want the scene to go!

So anyway, as I am about to embark on Day 4 – I still have my creative workshop story to work on.  Which I had better work on first…

Day 3 of SoCNoC recap
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4 thoughts on “Day 3 of SoCNoC recap

  • June 4, 2010 at 10:14 am
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    Sounds like you’re off to a wonderful start! Interesting way of working. I’ve heard other people mention working backwards as well. I’ll have to try it sometime 🙂

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    • June 4, 2010 at 10:25 am
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      I was surprised at how well it worked too, and it helped me to work into those quieter scenes and build the tension – something I will definitely try again on another story!

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  • June 5, 2010 at 3:05 am
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    That sounds like a really interesting way to write and I’m glad you’ve found something that works. I’ve always been a linear writer but I’m starting jump around more and more.

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    • June 6, 2010 at 9:27 am
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      I normally like to follow the linear too, but this has worked surprisingly well for me, I guess because I am a lateral thinker rather than logical – which explained why I had so much trouble getting my head around stuff at school!

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