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Monday, October 1, 2018

Pierwalker Log: October 1, 2018

Writing start: 10:00 A.M.
Finish: 2:46 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 0
Edited (est.): 18700 + edited last two poems written


1. Failure: Off

2. Book Three Melody: Off till October 4

3. Love Story: Read-through

4. Ant story: Off

5. Fractalverse: Edited last two poems written
Notes: I'm a little past halfway in the writing of this latest volume.

6. Firefly: Primary edit number five of chapter twelve
Notes: It goes to Kye tomorrow!

7. Gilligan: Primary edit number five of chapter three
Notes: It too goes to Kye tomorrow!

8. The Cheapery St. Heroes: Book Two: Secondary edit number one of chapter five
Notes: Kye wrote this one. Hilarious.

Special: None today

Extra notes: I'll be starting a new chapter in the second adventure of The Dread Pirate Roberts this month, and a new chapter in Firefly as well. I will also be starting a new chapter in Failure--the first in almost five months--and a new chapter in Book Three, too. There's a decent chance I'll finish the current chapter in Love Story, and an outside chance I'll finish the current Ant Story chapter. As for Fractalverse, I hope to get maybe five or six more poems written.

So here's a little exercise I enjoy doing. You might like it too. When I need some uplifting I often go to YouTube and watch videos I find inspiring. I don't stop there: I'll try to write them in my mind--how each character looks and is dressed; the scene, the environs, the energy, the moment. Last night I watched two similar scenes from two beloved movies--Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. I've done this exercise with these scenes a dozen times at least. But it's still quite fun. Plus, I can allow myself to be inspired and swept away for a little while as well. Bonus.

Let's start with Cinderella.

Lily James descending those grand stairs in that eye-popping gown ... her beauty ... the crowd gawking (which they apparently did without being told to), the Prince greeting her ... the way he looks at her, like the entire universe just walked into the room ... and then dance they have.

Ready? Go!

Now: Beauty and the Beast.

Emma Watson. To me, she's the most beautiful woman in the world (and that's saying something! I mean, Lily James! Seriously!). She and the beast greeting each other. Her gown ... his fine accoutrement ... Emma Thompson singing ... the ballroom and stairs leading down to it ... the exquisite detail in everything ... their gorgeous dance. How would you write this scene differently than the one above? How would you write it to be distinctive from the one above, their respective plots notwithstanding? How could you give the reader chills with both, or bring tears to their eyes, or make them swoon?

Sometimes I get new phrases in my head doing this exercise; sometimes I'll find a nice play on words or a subtle way of formatting a paragraph that really strikes home a point or a feature. Last night I wasn't so lucky; it didn't happen with either video. It isn't possible to bat a thousand. But the exercise was still very worth it. Good writing is born of tons of repetition and good habits regularly pursued. If you can take a nice hit of inspiration, too, that's definitely helpful, no doubt about it.

So give my little exercise a try, and enjoy!