Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Month That Is; How I Wrote Richard Faraday, Ghost Detective - January 2nd to 3rd 2012

Today (yesterday?) has been a good day for writing. I have surged through my word count, and sure, I'm still writing Section 1 (and I'm way out of where I wanted to be, count-wise) but it's flowing like nothing else and it's just... I'm enjoying it. I'm really enjoying it. It feels like a bitch to stop writing, but I think I have to sleep some time, get back into the right pattern before I start work again. But wow. Good times.

Today I reached a word count of 16,662. That's over 10,000 words in a day. That's... a hell of a lot.

I think the thing that really helped was that I finally got round to introducing Richard Faraday. I'm making a very conscious decision when I write him. I want him to be completely opaque. There aren't going to be any internal monologues or thought processes from him. I delve so readily into the rest of the characters, Marie, John, the Batterseas... but Richard is the stranger. And not only that, he's the tall, dark and handsome stranger, and a hero to boot.

Where's the fun if you know what he's thinking?

Section 2 introduces my Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Expys. They're going to be fun. I wanted to throw some references to the 60s and 70s television that I thrived on as a kid, but I don't know how far I can go. I know I can fit Randall and Hopkirk in there. I know how they're going to fit into the grand schemes of things.

Oh, gosh, this is me, excited.

The following albums were listened to today whilst writing: Nine Inch Nails - The Slip, Broken and Fixed, and the track Deep, from the Tomb Raider soundtrack, as well as Trent Reznor's Quake score. The Frames – Burn The Maps, Akira Yamaoka’s Silent Hill 4: The Room score as well as the score to Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. She Wants Revenges' self titled album, Unkle - War Stories, Slipknot – Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer [Alternate Tracks], Childish Gambino – Camp. Deftones – Around The Fur, Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Michael Giacchino – Star Trek score and Nan Vernon’s end credits tracks from Halloween and Halloween II (Love Hurts and Mr Sandman). Blimey. What a playlist.

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