OMG! Had I not sat down to do this rewrite I never would have developed so many awesome characters! I am finally understanding why it is that so many writers go with the epic work as opposed to the single story line with a clear central figure. Those stories, once you figure it out, are easy to write but the epic story is infinately more fulfilling. I suppose it would be akin to writing a simple two to four count song as opposed to writing a symphony. Both are enjoyable but they are very different. Now I get it.
When reading Fire and Ice one gets the distinct sense that the writer is enjoying himself. And if you have read his final notes in the book Feast for Crows he admits that he enjoys himself. Once again I have to say, now I get it.
But not every author sits down and writes an epic story, why is that? Are they not capable? I think the answer to that is as multifacited as an expensive gem. I'm sure that they are capable, they simply dont do it for whatever reason. But if an author sits down to write the epic novel I strongly advise against doing it the way that I am doing it. Try to start with the intent of writing that novel because if you do it the way that I'm doing it, four books into a series and changing the manner in which it is written, you will run into problems.
As a for instance, for those that have been following my dilema with Lena, you might remember and really how could you forget that exposing too much of Lena now might ruin part of book number three. I have decided... to hell with book number three I am going to let this one play out as it will play out and when I get to book number three I'm certain that I will not have any problems rewriting that section to fit what is happening now... I am the author after all and if I can't rewrite it then who pray tell can?
Another bit of advice that I hope all potential artists follow, when you decide to sit down to create whatever is on your mind try to do it when you will not have a hundred different distractions. It ruins the train of thought and makes it harder for you to reconnect with the right side of your brain. Contrary to popular belief the right side and the left sides of the brain cannot operate at the same time... well in extremely rare cases and only after a person has actually trained their brain to do so. But normally they dont operate at the same time. So one cannot multi task creativity. It doesnt work and your characters get all mucked up and you have to rewrite anyway, authors do anyway. I assume that other artists have similar problems when they are interrupted especially when it is multiple times.
Clearly I had a bad night. It took me all night to finish a chapter. That is very rare for me. I did not have writers block or fat finger night, no I had the village idiot in my ear half the night. You know this man (or woman) They're the person that couldnt take a hint if you hit them with a sledge hammer. At one point he walks into my office. All had been quiet. I had been happily tapping away at the keyboard when he walked in. I kept on typing because I had a train of thought going. He started talking and couldnt understand why I wouldnt answer. Finally I stopped and answered him. My tone was not exactly kind since his question had not been work related. Then he asked if he had somehow annoyed me. I almost laughed but instead I pointed at the computer and said, "I was writing something." Then he was all contrite. As if he hadnt noticed that I had been typing and didnt stop until he insisted that I acknowlede his stupid comment. Unbelievable, my train of thought was completely derailed. But I got it back on track only for him to do this to me about nine times. And then when he could no longer make it to my office he used the phone, five times in less than forty minutes. At that point I closed up my computer and turned on the TV. He didnt call again. WTF!
Tomorrow will be better. Be good to each other.