Tuesday, May 16, 2006

What I'm Up To

Some of you are wondering where the conclusion of my story is. Answer: I'm working on it. My wife proof-read it and gave me some critical feedback that caused me to go back and rework a few awkward parts, and to fill in more detail in places. I realized I was moving along at a very fast pace; and that it wouldn't hurt to describe the setting just a little bit.

Anyway, I want to have this ready for the contest that Flood pointed me to in a previous comment. But let me tell you, this is much harder to do than I thought it would be. I find myself staring at the screen, trying to picture the scene. I'm scanning the net for inspirational pictures, reading accounts of childhood carnival experiences. This is actually hard.

So, I am going forward and I'm not giving up. In fact, I'm going to do some more work on it now. So hang in there with me. I welcome all constructive comments by the way, from anyone. My aim is to be a writer someday, fully realizing that I have a span to travel.

13 comments:

Flood said...

I am so happy you decided to enter that contest. I forget when it's due, but if you have the time, my suggestion would be to just crank it out, bare bones, and then go back and massage it into something that satifies you. This way you don't have the cloud of holy-crap-how-does-this-end hanging over you. That can be worrying when you have a bunch of editing and description to work on and a deadline.

I'm sending you lots of mojo through the internet. Looking forward to the final story. (I hope the clown dies a painful death)

Scott said...

I decided to introduce the clown before the carousel, then a game of cat and mouse. I hear you about the ending though. I need to get through it so I don't feel that sense of impending doom.

jason evans said...

I'm sure it'll come. Sometimes the screen is blank, and sometimes it's almost too filled to capture.

Kathleen said...

Maybe you should break out the John Irving book Hotel New Hampshire for some inspiration for a carnival atmosphere? Or The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket?

I must confess that I haven't read yet as I need to know the conclusion is done before I start. I hate waiting!

Bailey Stewart said...

Good luck Scott - I know you can do this.

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Keep going, Scott -- you're doing great!

magnetbabe said...

Don't feel rushed by your oh-so-impatient readers. But I think it's really great what you're doing using your blog as a forum to get feedback from writers and plain old bloggers (like me) alike. I know I've been reading your blog for a long time, but just thought I'd tell you that!

mr. schprock said...

I'm with Flood. Bang it out, then go back and do your patching later.

Tee said...

Keep it up, Scott... BTW - I think it's really cool that you respect your wife's view and she enjoys your writing :)

Miranda said...

Your stories are always worth the wait! I'll be looking forward to the rest!

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

research is the writers greatest friend

Scott said...

Jason - It's refreshing to know that others go through the same frustration.

Kat - Thank you for the advice. I picked up both last night at the library, and a few others for good measure.

Eve - Thank you for the reassurance. I saw your comment on the previous post, and you are welcome.

Joely - Thanks!

Nat - I hardly consider you a plain old blogger!

Mr. Schprock - Alright, alright, I'll finish it first!

Tee - She's hard to read sometimes. I hope she enjoys it. I think she is a little freaked out that such twisted thoughts come from my brain.

Miranda - Thanks for the encouragement.

Toast - Something I haven't done a lot of, but I have until the end of the month to have a story done, so I might as well take that time.

Kathleen said...

Yikes! Talk about pressure. I hope they give you ideas! And that Hotel New Hampshire is the one I think it is! ;-)