Thursday, January 7, 2010

Back To Work Day Three/Four...



So. As you can probably tell, day three didn't exactly go according to plan. If I tell you that most of our days here at the minute involve a stream of visitors to my place to fill canisters, tubs, buckets and bottles with water because the horses water drinkers are still frozen solid (as are the pipes), then maybe it will give you an indication of how much more work this flipping cold spell is making for us. On a brighter note. I don't think my kitchen floor has ever been mopped so much...

Anyhoo. With a late night start, I've worked through chapter two. Remember those 104 words we gained in chapter one? Yeah, well we just lost 113 in chapter two. But, and it's a BIG but, I THINK maybe my hero is starting to come to life. One of the things my editor liked most about him in the partial was a scene in the next chapter where he lays down the law and tells my heroine how it's gonna be. So, having removed the conspiracy part of my original plot (long Blog to explain that one), I've dropped a heavy hint into the end of chapter two that it's coming. Actually, being given the freedom to just let my hero be who he is has really helped, I think. The guy has issues. He doesn't waste words. And he sure as hell won't be played. Unfortunately for my heroine, he's kinda gotten the wrong impression of her and thinks she's trying to play him.

In the next chapter, there's quite a bit to do I think. The scenes themselves will stay pretty much the same, as in they'll be at the same place at the same time and a lot of the inner POV will be the same. There's IS some of the great conspiracy plot to take out, and a kiss that my editor thought would be better when the sexual tension has continued to build, but at the same time I have stuff to put in that wasn't there before. My dilemma is now if I can replace the sister I'm taking out in chapter four with the friends I'd planned on my heroine having later in the book. I do think she needs someone to bounce off at this point when the hero is being such a pain in the behind, and I know I'm taking my heroine and hero out of the city to the Hamptons about halfway through the book, where they'll pretty much be isolated with each other, so maybe this would be a good time to toss those friends into the mix; especially since I'll need then when my heroine comes back from the Hamptons...

I'll think about it while the Vet is here in the morning looking at Charlie. He has the same flipping sarcoids Katie had, but in a different place. I'm hoping these ones can be removed or tied off. Poor baby. I HATE sarcoids! They can be vicious little suckers. Meanwhile, I'm off to watch an episode of Stargate Atlantis as my reward for surviving another day back at work. I'm working my way through the box set. And it's calorie free!

So how is everyone else getting on with their new writing year? Jenna Bayley-Burke has been keeping me company so pop over and check in on her. She did office pics too! I know Nicola Marsh and Donna Alward are starting new books. Anyone else with a blog to add? Let me know!

And keep an eye out for me on Twitter as I get back to it later today (link in the sidebar). Hold a gun to my head to keep me at it if needs be...

26 comments:

Kelly Hunter said...

Day, erm, 4, and 500 words and about 15 minutes in the writing seat so far. Why is it so hard to start a new story? It's there. It's in a happy place, but me, I'm tidying the office, weeding the garden, cooking. Cleaning. Ironing. Ironing...?

Trish, current muses for me are the Supernatural TV series brothers. Season 4 has just landed here in Oz. I'm doomed. Also a Sam shipper. Like I said... doomed.

ninaharrington said...

You do know that I was forced to find out what sarcoids are? Poor horses. Poor Trish!
I am waiting to hear back on revisions, so my new book is still at the exciting new ideas stage - so this series of posts is SO timely.
Happy writing!

And my blog is at -
http://ninaharrington.wordpress.com/

Donna Alward said...

Ugh. Day 4, only slightly over 3k and going back to start over.

*beats head on keyboard*

Abby Green said...

Trish! Happy New Year gorgeous and welcome back, missed your blog. And am LOVING your new office, am extremely jealous when all I have is a poky little corner of a room which doubles as a spare room/dressing room/thru room..!
Hope those words keep flowing, xx Abby

Nicola Marsh said...

I love how you logically work through your characters and their problems.

I tend to sit and write and later say, 'hmm...not sure I should've written them that way!' This, from the once eternal plotter!

I'm 14 pages into new story but it's not zinging like I usually like them to. Hmm...

Melissa Blue said...

Today I opened up Page Four to do some plotting. Yesterday, while brainstorming with a friend, I couldn't answer half of the questions about the hero, which is a problem. And probably why I haven't felt the magic yet for this story. So, I'm going to work on that. I still have until Saturday to bang out a chapter. But, we'll see.

Trish Wylie said...

Oh Kelly, I have SO been there! When scrubbing out cupboards looks infinitely more interesting and URGENT to me than sitting in the writing seat, I have an inherent knack for persuading myself it's NOT avoidance. I could DIE from something lying in wait in those cupboards doncha know!

If any of my friends or family caught me ironing they'd want to know who I was and what I'd done with Trish Wylie.

I hear ya on Supernatural! I bought season four on DVD just before Christmas and have been sneaking lots of views at season five. The good thing is we won't have to tussle over Sam as I'm a Dean girl ;) Can I just say they were BOTH gorgeous in real life when I saw them at Comic Con? And as for David Boreanaz of Angel/Bones fame? I swear I stared like a wannabe stalker. I might not be allowed back this summer...

Trish Wylie said...

Hi Nina, aren't they horrible?! Vet looked at them today and took photographs to send to Liverpool University and a foremost Irish vet he knows in Dublin. There are very few veterinarian routes to follow with sarcoids unfortunately and I really wanted to avoid the Liverpool cream if I could manage it. It's very, well acidic is I suppose the best term. Involves gloves and a spatula while administering it and basically the cream burns them off. Since Charlie's sarcoids are on his sheath... OUCH! Should hear back in a couple of days so we can discuss the next steps but I'm really not looking forward to it. Charlie is 24 years old (odd) now and - as I tell everyone - the closest I've ever come to having a husband. This is the first major problem we've faced and I'm DREADING it! My Mum says anything ever happens to that horse, she's leaving the country rather than see what I'm like. So send lots of good vibes our way please!

I LOVE the ideas stage! Quite fond of research too. I have a bit of paranoia when it comes to first chapters and LOVE the race for the finish line. It's the middle where I normally drag my feet (or fingers). SO EXCITED to hear the news on your revisions! Have they been in for long? Where are they at? Keep us posted won't you?

Trish Wylie said...

But you can revise those 4,000 words, right Donna? RIGHT? Please say yes!

Trish Wylie said...

Happy New Year to you too, Abby honey! Kitchen in yet? It's good to BE back! And careful what you say about that little corner of a room which doubles as a spare room/dressing room/thru room - it's part of my home away from home!!!

You working on something new at the minute?

Trish Wylie said...

Characterization is my absolute and complete FAVOURITE THING about writing, Nic! It makes use of all those years I was 'training' to be a writer by imagining myself as different people and creatures and voicing what they were saying, holding conversations with other characters I would change my voice to be, and thinking and feeling what they all thought and felt. It's a part of my early childhood that I don't think I've ever left behind. I still consider the people who lived on a sponge island in the middle of my bathtub my first ever WIP!

See now, I knew we pansters would eventually rub off on you. It's kinda like the Irish when it comes to invading countries. People think we don't do it. But the simple fact is we don't 'invade', we 'infiltrate'. That's what has happened with your plotting, my darling one. The pansters have infiltrated your imagination and brought you over to the dark side! It has absolutely nothing to do with a sick hubby and two boys taking up your plotting time... ;)

14 pages in how many days? Like... TWO?! When the zing arrives can you send me some? Pretty please!

Trish Wylie said...

See now Melissa I have to admit I never plot with an open file on my computer. I LEAVE the computer to do that. I plot while driving, doing horses, playing with dog, opening and closing doors/windows for cats who want out/in, while on the loo, in the shower, in the bath, washing dishes, in that fluffy world when you're settling under the duvet to go to sleep (though I wouldn't advise that one cos good ideas have a tendency to get you out from under said duvet to write them down before you forget them), while vacuuming, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, but NEVER in front of the computer. Any new plotting that happens there happens because I'll type something that takes me off in a direction I hadn't planned for. Sometimes that direction brings lovely shiny things my way, sometimes it heads directly for the delete key.

I think knowing your characters really is half the battle. If you can't answer every question about them as if they're someone you've known for years, then it's worth taking a little time to reacquaint yourself with them. But you KNOW this! Now go get that chapter! Kick it's -

Nicola Marsh said...

You're absolutely right, the pantsing has infiltrated my writing over time.

These days I do a rough outline, just a few pages, concentrate on what motivates my characters and off I go.

Can't believe how much my style has changed...

And yeah, I guess hectic families detract from quiet time to plot! lol

Trish Wylie said...

I have therefore reduced you to within hitting distance of my method, Nic. Minus the 'few pages' outline thing. I do a very rough two page 'pitch' so my editor knows what I'm planning and can voice any concerns before I start, then I do the whole 'casting' and motivation/conflict thing and some basic research that I keep open in a word doc while I'm writing.

It's all an uphill struggle from there ;)

Donna Alward said...

You're heading towards world domination Trish. Along with Nic- my plotting has gone out the window too. Casting and character exploration is about it.

And I ended up throwing out a good portion of that chapter, moved the opening to later and in a different situation and most of it had to go. Ugh. The problem was that I had a FAB scene in my mind the last few months and was itching to write it. And then discovered it simply doesn't work ON PAPER. That's happened to me before. The second time I started it, it was six pages of set up. So I scratched that and tried a third time, which I hope takes.

Liz Fielding said...

It's wonderful to see you back online, Trish. We've really missed you.

You were right to remove "reluctant" from your title. Negative words do not a book sell.

I have no words to help get the words down -- I'm struggling myself -- but I know you'll do it and we'll all cheer when the new TW hits the shelves.

The office looks great, btw.

Janet said...

Anyone at the research stage should read Kate Hewitt's blog post, 'Getting your Facts Right'

http://www.kate-hewitt.com/blog/

So funny!

Nicola Marsh said...

Now, a totally dumb question...you mention having a Word doc of research open while you write. Is there a way to have it open next to your story (eg. I'm thinking hero/heroine pics) or do you mean you just have it layered under so you have to click to bring it up?

Janet, thanks for posting, hilarious! Lucky Kate picked that up before the book hit the shelves. Imagine the Italian translations!!!

Trish Wylie said...

It's all part of my evil plan, Donna, bwahahahahahahaha...

Six pages of a set up is a lot. At least your internal editor knew to speak up with a heavy hint. Mine hasn't shut up in months. That word should go there. Put that one back where it was before. Do we really need that word? Are you sure? Shouldn't you put that word you took out back in? I've done the exact same thing as you with some scenes though; moved them to later in the book and salvaged at least some of them. Using the delete key can be pretty painful sometimes, can't it?

Trish Wylie said...

And I missed you guys too, Liz! It's SO good to be back in the land of writers again!

Removing that word was one of the first things I did when I started working on it again. Never mind people being put off buying it, it was proving influential on my ability to WRITE it. I think it took a little distance and a bit of a shake up to get it going again. Still doesn't quite 'zing' as Nic would say, but at least every word isn't excruciatingly painful any more.

Glad you like the office. It's my little haven. And I can CLOSE the door. ;)

Trish Wylie said...

Janet, that's hilarious! Thank goodness she caught it.

Trish Wylie said...

I've discovered it depends on the OS you use, Nic. With my laptop I have Vista and it will allow me to have more than one word doc open full screen (one simply lies over the other with individual little boxes in the little strip along the bottom of the screen). With that in mind, I can have my hero and heroine pics to the far left of one doc and then I have a little trick I do ;)

You know the little thingie on word that lets you magnify the size of the words/doc to fill the window? I set it at around 100% to 110% in the text doc and then click and drag the sides of the window so that none of the background color shows and the smaller window is filled with text (I take out the margins too so I can't see them but they're still there if you know what I mean). It's kinda like you'd click and drag on the edges of a picture to re-size it. I then do the same thing with the word doc that has my pics until all I have left is the hero and heroine. Lastly I place the doc with the pics to the left of my screen and click and drag my text window to the right of the screen. That way the text doc is to the front so I can work on it, but I can still see the pics.

With my new office computer, I have Windows 7 and it won't let me see more than one word doc fullscreen at a time; instead storing them all in the little strip that runs along the bottom of the screen under one icon so that when I float my cursor over it I can see a smaller version of all three and click on the one I want. Doesn't help with the pics, but when I'm in the office it doesn't really matter because I have my cork boards, so I can print off the pics and pin them up.

Sorry you asked now, aren't you?

I guess the same thing could be done with two different programs, but I haven't tried yet. Will let you know if I do.

ninaharrington said...

Coming in late into the discussion as to how to display pics and word docs at same time - I have windows 7 and use the View - View side by side option, then disable the scroll feature so that both docs do not move at the same time.
You need to have your pics pasted into word so that you can see them at the same time as your text word doc but it works well for me!
Hope that helps - love Nina

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks, going to give it a go!

Trish Wylie said...

Thanks for the tip Nina! Shall have a go with that ;) Have to admit, I'm finding Windows 7 nicer to work with than Vista. Can't quite put my finger on why, but so far so good ;)

Trish Wylie said...

Let us know how you get on Nic! And if having the pics there proves a help or a hindrance...