Monday, October 29, 2012

Epilogues

So I'm getting to the end of revisions (finally! hopefully! we'll see soon!) and one of the things my CPs have said, were that it ends really abruptly.

Well.

I know I tend to do this, whether its scenes, chapters, and I guess now endings.  I like to allow the reader to speculate on their own what will happen next, and not have to give them all the boring details of everything.  But I understand that it wasn't seeming like that; it was seeming unresolved; and the readers needed closure.

So that's not good.

I liked my ending because it wasn't a cliffhanger, but it did allow for sequels if I ever felt inclined to write them.  (The whole standalone with potential for a sequel thing.  But that's what exactly I wanted: potential.  Not too obvious, because it seemed like agents rather have series "potential" than an actual series).

So I have to do something about my ending.  I was thinking epilogue.  Now I know agents don't like prologues, but what are everyone's feelings on epilogues?  And what constitutes an actual epilogue rather than just another chapter?  I remember reading a few books that had epilogues that just seemed like another chapter, and I didn't really understand the difference.

My epilogue jumps to a few days later, and kind of resolves the outstanding logistical and emotional questions, but the big problem has already been resolved.  The denouement I guess?  Maybe a little after the denouement?  I don't really know.

So what are everyone's opinions of epilogues?


Monday, October 15, 2012

Looper

I went to see Looper about a week ago.  I was really excited because I love action movies, JGL (or as some say Joe Go Lev, I prefer JGL) and Rian Johnson the writer/director (he did Brick and The Brothers Bloom).  Things I wasn't excited about: time-travel (it always hurts my brain), Bruce Willis and JGL looking like Bruce Willis.

The basic plot summary is (from IMDB):
"In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits."  (Now I'm paraphrasing) When the mob wants to get rid of the hired gun, they'll send him back to be executed by himself, aka "closing the loop."

I liked the movie.  The audience really got to know the characters which isn't always something that happens in an action movie, and I really appreciated it.  JGL was spot on with his Bruce Willis impersonation (he said he watched a lot of old Bruce Willis movies to get ready for the part, learning his voice and mannerisms).  There was actually some really cool world-building.  The time-travel was done super well so that everything made sense (yay!) and that it didn't hurt my brain; I actually liked that aspect of the story.  The only thing I had a problem with was that I was expecting many more twists.  It seemed very straight-forward to me, and I'm usually pretty bad about guessing endings.  (I don't even usually try; I don't want it to be ruined).  But the big twist ending was just meh to me; I was expecting a whole lot more.

But either way, I thought it was more than just a fun movie.  And I think Rian Johnson will be popping up a whole lot more as a writer/director.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Doubting in writing

Max thinks I'm crazy too
(but what does he know?)
Ever get to that point where you think you are seriously crazy for trying to do this writing thing?  That all your words are dumb and you start doubting yourself?  Yeah me neither... ahem.

I'm getting to the point where everything I re-read just seems to... suck.  I mean I know it doesn't.  (Maybe?)  But it feels like it does.  I'm doubting everything I write.  I can't seem to get into the flow of revisions.  Everything I seem to think of seems trite or messy and I'll never be able to fix it.  It's just doubt, doubt, doubt.

The good news is I hear this is normal!  (Hooray, I'm normal for once!)  My old writing professor said he still doubts every manuscript and he's published like a gajillion books.  (I may be exaggerating).  So despite him knowing what he's doing when it comes to writing, he would still get down on himself.  But he said there were a few ways he would get back into the swing of things, and one of that was giving it over to CPs; it would help him re-energize and give him that extra umph that he needed to finish the story that didn't actually suck.

So doubting is normal, it just means we have to continue to push through.  We can't give up.  Some times it seems endless (like to me right now), but we will get there.  Having CPs is vital to this solitary hobby, giving us a little more reassurance.  But one can also take some time off and working on another MS, go on long walks, vacation, even do a different hobby for a while.  Either way, we still get back and do this, because it's what we love to do.

So while doubting is natural, we can't let it win; we are too strong for that.