Here’s 5 things I’ve learnt after sitting at the typer for 5 days:
1. Sometimes there just isn’t enough coffee in the world.
2. Page 1 is never as scary as it sounds.
3. Never read what you’ve written until you’re done.
4. 2000 words a day is sometimes very easy, and at other times it’s harder than watching a Twilight marathon.
5. You never leave the office. You can close the laptop, go do something else but your mind will keep working on those next words.
Current word count is 10,081 of 80,000.
I’m thinking of making the wise investment of a Playstation 4. But I can’t see how that could possibly have an effect on my word count this week… no not at all.
After all this research for ‘The Adventures of Abigail Storm’ I feel like I’ve read every sci-fi book and seen every sci-fi movie made. If you guys have any recommendations for some cool stories, send them them through, otherwise I’m going to have to re-watch ‘Short Circuit’ again and nobody wants that.
I’m looking for rare stuff that may have slipped under the radar.
There were tears, there was booze there were neighbours complaining about Tone Loc’s hit 1989 album, ‘Loc-Ed After Dark’, blasting through their walls at two in the morning. And after all that, I now have a 10,000 word outline for ‘The Adventures of Abigail Storm’ in my mitts.
Monday will be the anxiety filled chapter one, page one, word one, but until then I’m going to do same thing I do before I start any major project… and that’s absolutely nothing. Three days of being Dude Lebowski before embarking on the mammoth task of the first draft.
The Plan: 80,000 words in 8 weeks. That’s 2,000 words a day, 10,000 words a week and in 8 weeks, the whole bloody, mess of a first draft will sit like a phone book on my desk.
This will take discipline, sobriety and a recluse like attitude. None of which are much fun, but is what it will take to get the job done. So for those of you who’s calls I don’t answer, I’m writing… or ignoring you. And for those of you who know where I live… you’ve been warned.
After a couple of weeks of filling my notebook with scribbles and madness, it’s now time to move into the future and commit those words to Scriviner. What’s Scriviner you ask? Or maybe you don’t but I’m going to tell you anyway. Here’s the pitch from the Scriviner peoples: Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
But what it really is, is a word processor that is not going to shit its pants when a manuscript starts to run over one hundred pages (I’m not pointing any fingers here Microsoft Word).
When you first open it, it might look like one of those puzzles they give little kids to see if they are geniuses, but if you’re keen on writing a novel, stick with it. Unless you like hurling abuse at Microsoft Word for the last three hundred pages of your book… I don’t don’t know, maybe you’re into that kind of thing.
You can find it here: Scrivener
Outlining… still bloody outlining. I’m starting to think that all blank pieces of paper should come with whiskey.
I wouldn’t write a shopping list with out an outline… and deep in outline territory is where I am. Something I’ve been doing in the past couple of years in the outline department is mind mapping (I know, I know, it’s a wanky term). So I look at the page and vomit words and plot at it, although I’m sure that’s not the technical term for mind mapping.
Below is one I did for the last book, ‘Out of Exile’. A lot of the story changed as it was developed, but it’s a good indication of what the Abigail Storm notebook is looking like right now.
WARNING: ‘OUT OF EXILE’ SPOILERS AHEAD!
Stare at the wall
Stare at the wall
Stare at the wall
Preparing my writing weapons of choice. I never go into battle without them.
‘Market Research’. AKA buying comics.
Outlining… and I’ve been staring at this for the past twelve hours.
If anyone has ever read anything I’ve written, then you would know that there’s a fair amount of action in those books and screenplays. So now, as I gear up for the new book I’m re-watching a bunch of movies and figured I would put together a list of my top 100 badass action films of all time.
If there’s anything you think I’ve left out, or you think is a bullshit entry on the list, I want to know.
*These films of testosterone and awesomeness are in no order whatsoever.
1. Die Hard
2. For A Few Dollars More
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. Mad Max 2
8. Where Eagles Dare
9. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
10. The Raid
11. Escape from New York
12. Lethal Weapon
13. Total Recall
14. The Matrix
16. The Dark Knight
17. The Rock
18. Mission Impossible
19. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
20: Jurassic Park
22. The Bourne Identity
23: The Poseidon Adventure
26: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
27: Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
28: The Great Escape
29: Point Break
30: Top Gun
31: Big Trouble in Little China
32: The Terminator
33: Terminator 2
34: Rio Bravo
35: Kill Bill
36: Kill Bill 2
44: The A-Team
45: The Magnificent Seven
46: Bad Boys 2
47: The Killer
48: Hard Boiled
49: Die Hard with a Vengeance
50: The Last Boy Scout
52: The Wild Bunch
53: The Dirty Dozen
54: Saving Private Ryan
56: Face Off
57: Con Air
59: Beverly Hills Cop
62: Assault On Precinct 13
63: Air Force One
64: The Long Kiss Goodnight
65: Under Siege
68: Dirty Harry
70: Star Trek
71: Children of Men
72: The Warriors
73: Iron Man
74: Planet of the Apes
75: Independence Day
76: From Dusk Till Dawn
80: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
81: Shogun Assassin
82: The Fugitive
83: Man on Fire
84: Black Hawk Down
85: The French Connection
86: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
87: The Fifth Element
88: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
89: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
90: The Getaway
91: Hot Fuzz
92: Starship Troopers
93: Tron: Legacy
94: North by Northwest
95: A Bittersweet Life
96: Battle Royal
97: The Untouchables
98: The Searchers
99: Minority Report
100: The Guns of Navarone