Writing Styles: A Kind of Method Writing

I had a very interesting day on Thursday.

I’ve been getting caught up on the climax of my novel.  Imagining the future is *hard*.  Writing about it in a way that makes sense, not only within the context of the plot, but also just as background noise, is extremely challenging.

I’m finding it difficult to weave all my pieces together in the final stages of the book.

I had the idea to go to where the rising action takes me, and head to the location I’ve set the ending of my book.  I think it’s a kind of Method Writing.

The Vancouver Art Gallery.

At sunrise.

So I woke up super early and caught the first train downtown.  I made tons of notes.  Trying to see what it was like, and then see what it will be like.  And not only that, I had to imagine it from the air.

I spent several hours watching downtown lighten in the dawn, watched all the people go about their lives, and went back and forth from the North and Sound steps of the VAG, making notes all the while.

It was extremely helpful.  I actually changed which side of the VAG the climax will take place; the light was all wrong, and landing from the air will be much easier on the South steps.

It really helped put me there, in the future- I went over each building an imagined how it would look.  What would have changed, what would still be the same.

If you’re getting stuck on something, go out into the world.  Make notes.  It might help you.

…It certainly helped me.

Now, onwards!  The final 10k words beckon!

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.

Writing Styles: Limit Break Writing

Sorry for the lack of updates.  It’s been a busy summer.  Lots of writing, lots of summer stuff, lots of trips, and probably far too much Minecraft.

Today I wanted to share about a writing style that I’ve discovered works really well for me.  My husband Aaron gave it the name “Limit Break Writing” and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

The term Limit Break, if you’re not familiar with it, comes from the game Final Fantasy VII.  While you’re in combat, damage you take builds up your ‘limit’ bar, and when that bar is full you get to do a special move, your “Limit Break”.

These special moves punctuate the regular moves you’re able to do, and usually swing the battle in your favour, as they are quite powerful.

I’ve been writing in a new and fabulous way.  I plan first.  I plan and think and ask questions and do research.  I do all my regular moves.  And then one morning my limit bar is full and I go to the cafe and write like the Dickens.  I write for four, five, even six hours, straight.  And I mean I write, like, fingers flying on the keys, words pouring out at a solid one thousand words an hour.

It’s invigorating.  It’s encouraging.  It’s gettin’ shit done.

I feel like a writer when I’ve finished one of these sessions.

I’m now just over 34,000 words, of around 80,000.  This has all been written in Limit Breaks, in 3000 and 4000 words chunks, sitting in the JJ Bean near my house on Commercial Drive.

I edit a bit before and after the Limit Break hits, but mostly it’s just pounding the keys at break neck speed.

It feels damn good.  It makes me plan and get all my ducks in a row, so I actually know where I’m going with things.  And when I can hold it in my mind, see the characters and plot and the next unfolding of events, I can channel this amazing force of concentration and productivity, and get a book written.

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.