Catching up

Finally got around to posting what I’ve written this month. It’s been erratic, what with it getting close to exams and all. But I’m still going!

I’ve been reading Stephen King’s “On Writing.” When he was in high school, he had a job as a reporter for the local newspaper, and he relates a few things the editor (John Gould) taught him. One thing stuck out, particularly as I try to keep this story going to its conclusion.

“When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story,” he said. “When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

And I realized it’s true. That’s what I’m doing. I’m telling myself the story. As I actually get it out of my head and into words, I’m figuring out what the story is. You think you know, but as you write, you realize you really don’t. Not until you write it down. Stuff comes up that you did not expect at all. Characters appear. Situations connect.

So. I’m on the right track, even if it looks like crap atm. Once I get it finished, then I can take out what it is not.