Writing Progress: Week Ending November 3, 2012
It’s kind of sad when I think that a week where I barely topped out over 500 words is a good week:
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
- First Draft Wordcount: 566 words
Super Secret Project:
- Wordcount: 0 words
Grand Total: 566 words
Be that as it may… I wrote over 500 words last week, so I have to count that as a good week, right now.
I might’ve been able to do another 200 or 300 words, but I hit a smallish roadblock as I was writing. I discovered, as I introduced an important secondary character, that I had no idea what that character actually looked like. No clear vision of him. So I spent somewhere near to an hour or so looking up inspirational images on the internet.
One of the things I feel like I often get complimented on, in my writing, is my description. I don’t know if that’s really a good thing, or just people stretching to compliment me on something, anything. But assuming it’s a genuine compliment – to the extent that it’s actually a good thing – I think I owe that at least in part to the very visual way in which I approach writing. I “see” a lot of what I write, and I describe what I see. For better or worse, I expect my readers to be able to see the same thing I see.
And so it was, when I reached the point where I was introducing this important supporting character, and upon realizing I couldn’t “see” him… it quickly became incumbant upon me to cultivate my mental image on him. Luckily, there’s no dearth of images easily searchable on Google. (Unluckily, the search times I came up with for this particular character have not produced an awful lot that’s been particularly evocative and inspirational to me.) So it took me a while to come up with anything that started to tickly my imagination the right way.
There are limits, clearly, to the benefits of writing in such a visually-oriented way.
How was your week in writing? Are you very visual in what you write, or else how to you typically approach writing description and evoking the world of your story?