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More drafting process (on INK)

Here are a few more journal pages. The first set of
pages are over here.

NOTE #1: If you "click" the images twice, they should get big enough to read. The first "click" will open in a new page, & the second click will enlarge them to full screen.

NOTE #2: I do apologize for my handwriting. You can see that the faster the thoughts go, the less readable it is. . . which has the unfortunate consequence of making the transcription from notebook to type a challenge sometimes.

This one is another WICKED LOVELY page.



These are from INK EXCHANGE. I inserted my typed notes on the pages themselves.






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melissa_writing
Nov. 20th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
:)
(Anonymous)
Nov. 20th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
On the second page you mentioned charting out POV divisions. Do you have any advice about how you juggle multiple POV's when you're writing. You seem to do it so well.

Sorry this is anonymous, I don't have an LJ.
melissa_writing
Nov. 20th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I try to start w "what signif happens in this section?" Then "which character is most impacted by it?" That's the logical pov character.

It's important not to spend too too long away from any one character (hence my charts). If they are IN the chapter but not telling, you can go longer btw pov chapters for them. The objective is to try to keep the balance so readers continue to feel invested in each character's motivations/worries.

For me, I don't generally like to write more than 4 pov characters in a novel. I prefer 2 for a novella, & 3 is my ideal for a novel.

I think 3rd person is easier to write bc the individual VOICE conveys differently in 1st person, so juggling several 1sts is a different skill set. (Plus, quite honestly, I just don't like writing in 1st person.) It can, of course, be done--and done well. It's a matter of what works best for the narrative structure, goals of story, & authorial skill set. Thus far, that's meant close 3rd person multiple pov for my books.

Hope some of that helps. Let me know if there's something else I can address that I missed :)
maggie_writes
Nov. 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is just so cool to see. Do you always handwrite first and then type? There are days when I want to be away from the computer so I'll handwrite, but there are also days when I want to write everything down quickly so I'll type.

And when you type out a handwritten scene, do you make additional changes as you're typing?

Thanks!
jaded_sail
Nov. 21st, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Your writing is beautiful and thought inspiring. The best part is that the characters in all their fantasy still seem real and relatable. I fell in love with Wicked Lovely and Fragile Eternity and in all its darkness Ink Exchange still moved me and left me breathless. I cried and suffered right along with Leslie, Irial and Niall and after finishing it I sat for days staring at the wall trying to dissect every little piece of the story (I’m not surprised my husband thinks I’m crazy) lol. I wanted to thank you because you’re an inspiration and an example to follow. You’re a great writer and I devour every single word you write but what I admire about you almost as much as your writing is the fact that although your books are sold all over the world and I’m sure you barely have time to breathe, you still come into this blog almost every day and set aside five minutes of your life to give us something to hold us over until your next book. Not only that, but you are open in your opinions and generous with your knowledge and for that I’m thankful because it shows that you are humble regardless of your success. Thank you for sharing your ideas, advice, your craft and your enthusiasm. Thank you for answering our endless and relentless questions. Thanks for giving us glimpses of what’s to come because we can hardly wait to read more, and above all, thank you for writing.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Fragile eternity
Hi! I really love your books! I wonder if you know when Fragile eternity is coming to sweden...

Athina
melissa_writing
Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Fragile eternity
I wish I knew the answer for you, but I don't :( I'm sorry. I'll try to find out.
shellijohannes
Dec. 2nd, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Melissa - do you write out your books in long hand or are these just thoughts you scribbled on paper? It looks like full dialogue sections?
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