Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Writing Update

And another 2,000+ words written today. How many times should I repeat this before you all get bored with it? Anyway, I’ve now reached the stage where I’ve got nine sections, or episodes of the story, chronologically ordered in a large lump of text 17,000 or so words long over 26 pages. I also have a contents list which details what I have, with one brief line describing each section. (I use this list to keep track of the story. I then copy it when I’ve finished and convert it first into a long synopsis, then that into a short synopsis, then that into cover blurbs)

Now it’s time to start deciding how I’m going to structure the book. Usually I divide up what I’ve written into about ten pages per chapter, but in this case I might be working slightly differently, in fact more like I did with Brass Man. A lot of what I am writing now is, essentially, backstory. I’m considering making these sections into ‘retroacts’ to start off each chapter, or to insert where relevant in the current story as reveals. This backstory also comes from two perspectives, so there will also be opportunities, in those reveals, to show stark contrasts.

So far as I plan, the story itself begins during the prador/human war (that backstory), then continues just after the events on Masada in The Technician. So far. Maybe I’ll end up just writing my way through to that point, I’m certainly enjoying myself at the moment. And maybe you’ll end up with more than one book.

8 comments:

Leg-iron said...

I've managed sweet FA today. Still in recovery mode (getting too old for Hogmanay Scottish style) and only just managed a blog post. Thanks for the tip by Email.

One more night's sleep should do it.

2000 words is 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' 200 times. If that's what's on the pages, best tell the wife to hide anything sharp ;)

Graeme said...

Useful tips as ever.

Neal Asher said...

Leg-iron, I venture to suggest that what I've been writing is a bit scarier than that.

Graeme, all stuff picked up during my learning curve.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

hope that wall of oiled jigsaw bodies in The Technician are explained as some kind of semaphore message to the 'goodie' neutered Penny...or explained to me.

(intrigued)

Taylor Preston said...

Does your publisher still want a synopsis or outline with each new novel?

Neal Asher said...

Old victims, Vaude...

Taylor, as in the post: I deliver a synopsis after I've written the book. I think they're fairly confident that I'll produce something readable so don't need one until they're selling it.

daniel ware said...

Personally i like reading about your writing process as it's something i just don't have the mind-set for. oh I've written scientific papers but to create prose is something i can merely admire in others.

I am willing to provide liquid nourishment in the form of beer though!

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

immediately thought 'dragon is coming' http://io9.com/5873486/