||[Jun. 9th, 2005|09:12 am]
My laptop has been sent off, and my car is back to me painted. It's almost frightening how good it looks. I may post pictures. (Can you tell I've developed a deep affection for the Pictures feature of Livejournal? - haha, developed ~duck~)
I finished a scene in Familiar, and now I need to start sketching out the next few bits of plot. I got this far just writing what came to mind, but if I'm going to finish this, I need to start tying things together.
Thankfully, I think I can make the characterization changes I need to make additively instead of subtractively. It may not be the best approach, but I'm going to go back and flesh out the characters a bit, then write them deeper from now on and fill in the first 30,000 words during editing.
I don't like outlining much, though. Characters often pitch your outline out the window. You get partway through the scene and realize you've turned one of your characters into a parrot trying to get him to go along with what you said the plot was going to be. Then you start writing the character the way they should be written and they go haring off in their own direction. Fundamentally it's still the author's fault - the author didn't write the plot correctly in the first place - but characters develop their own life as you write them, in a way.
Hmm. My lavender candle has attached itself to the glass base I had it set on. There is no evidence of wax having descended to the base of the candle. ...and it just suddenly came free.
Mmm, more Persona 2: Innocent Sin last night. That game is slow going if you run around and talk to everyone in between all the plot sequences, but if you don't, you miss things. Speaking of which, I need to go chase down a demonic taxi.