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Writing update: Story #1 for 2011

I spent most of this evening writing. I started by rewriting a scene in “Immigrant”, something I don’t generally do before completing a first draft. In this case, however, it helped jump start the rest of the story an I put in about 1,500 words (including the rewrite) before I wrapped up for the evening. Incidentally, when I finish up a scene I will often leave myself a note priming the next scene. I generally have an idea of where a story was going, but the note helps to ensure I don’t lose the momentum I had when I finished, as an example, here is the note I left myself when I finished work on “Immigrant” tonight:

Santa Ana’s; he asks about her work, comp sci, AI, etc. Go to the event, a lot of fun, inseparable thereafter. Marriage, kids, retirement. The court battle. Lizzy’s illness. The day she died.

Might not make much sense to you, but that tells me exactly what to do next, and reading it again just now has me eager to work on it tomorrow.

Once I finished, I thought I was done for the night. I was about to start on blog posts for tomorrow, when for some reason, I pulled open a story that I’d started a while back, a kind of meta-fictional piece that had what I thought was a great opening but which wasn’t going anywhere. It occurred to me it might work as a piece of flash fiction and so I gave it a shot, and what do you know: I finished the first draft. The story is called “Night of the Literary Dead” and it is the story I’d write if I wrote zombie stories. It is also the first story I have completed this year, and completing a draft of a story always feel good. It stil requires some work, but since it is only 1,000 words, it shouldn’t take long to get it into shape and get it sent out.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to working on “Immigrant” over the weekend. What comes next should be a lot of fun.

A new story underway

I needed a mental break from the hard s.f. novelette, “Rescue” so last night I turned toward another story that I’ve been wanting to do for some time now. My working title is “Immigrant” and it is still science fiction, just not space opera. In fact, not a single element of it as far as I can tell evolves anything in space, so it it is a pleasant change.

I’ve worked on the opening of this story in fits and starts and have never been able to get it quite right–until last night. Thought it’s first draft material, I’m pleased with the opening scene and I also wrote the second scene for a grand total of about 1,200 words. Right now the story feels like it will grow to the size of around 6,000 words, but that could grow or shrink by the time the second draft is complete. I think I have a pretty original idea for this one–not that that’s a requirement by any means.

The story requires some medical background, and my good friend, Dr. Richard Peterson, provided me with some valuable assistance in this area. He has now been officially Tuckerized in the story–as a lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court–as opposed to a doctor.

I feel like if I keep at it, I can have a draft of this story finished up in a week or so. Then I can clean it up, do a second draft, send it out to my early readers and in the meantime, maybe get back to the novelette.