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The travails of writing

It's been one of those frustrating writing weeks where I have all the plot elements for the scene I'm currently working on but I've needed to put in some time doing research to bring it together as I write it. This probably sounds nuts, but if I can't precisely picture the layout of a room, or know the background to a character and their motivation in that scene, then I can't write it. I literally need to know everything. It's because I'm a control freak. However I now know a great deal more about CT scanners and neurological damage than I did last weekend, which has helped me give some credibility to the current scene.

Am still slowly getting used to the Mac but am picking up shortcuts and working out how to personalise it a bit more. I love the fact that it has Edward Hopper's Nighthawks as a screensaver. I'm still not loving the lack of a DEL button. And the position of the @ sign is driving me nuts. But on the plus side I put in a short cut for an em dash (I'm a serial abuser of it) this week and I've completely personalised my Word for Mac programme.

I'm off at the SCBWI retreat next week, which I'm very much looking forward to - not just for the writing time but also because of the chance to hang out with cool people and lean some more craft. Am playing with the idea of going to FantasyCon this September as the guest list looks good and it's in Brighton and I haven't been there in years. In fact, the last time I was in Brighton it was 2000 and I was doing a sting operation against a couple of shops suspected of selling beauty products in breach of licensing restrictions. (That was about as exciting as legal work ever got - and was considerably less dangerous than the time I did a sting operation in Newcastle for a drinks manufacturer, but you don't want to know about that).

In the absence of anything remotely interesting to say, the least I can do is point you somewhere more interesting. I spoke in my last entry about kellyrfineman's LJ, where she is still doing her excellent summary of Emma. I'd also point you wingsmith's LJ where he talks about themes in China Mieville's writing and a current exhibition at the British Library about science fiction. And finally, there's the enchantedinkpot, which is always worth checking out but has a particularly good post this week about the Diversity in YA Tour.


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May. 25th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Speaking of research, you might enjoy this LJ entry.

Edited at 2011-05-25 12:17 am (UTC)
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