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Left brain vs right brain; Logic vs creativity

I stumbled upon this test to see if you think with the left (logical) or right (creative) side of your brain.  I’d always gone through life thinking I wasn’t really very creative (yeah really, even though I write a lot of fiction – go figure), but this test shows I use the right side of my Brain.  After a lot of trying I was able to see the dancer go the other way, but it was a lot of trying.  I’m quite happy with that.  (I warn you, once I was able to see her dance the other way I became addicted to making my brain see her change direction – maybe that’s to do with the obsessive part of my brain!)

I’ve made a decision.  Well, I’ve made a decision to help me get to the correct decision in the end (not even sure I understand that).  I have been thinking for a while about whether ‘Holiday’ should read in the 1st person, or 3rd but from the main character’s perspective.  Currently everything I have written is in 3rd person, but I think I really want it to be 1st.  But I’m not sure.  So, I’ve decided to make my decision, I’m going to rewrite a scene I’ve written (or 2) in first person and decide which I prefer when I can compare them. 

I think to do this, I’ll read the scene and make notes with the things I need to include.  I think I’ll then leave it for a day or two (to clear my mind of it) then write it 1st person.  Thing is now I’ve got this idea I really want to do it NOW!  we’ll see.

I’ve also just had an idea I think I might come to regret.  People say you should leave your writing for a couple of days before editing it.  What if I wrote something, then rewrote it a few days later (weeks, months…) to see how I changed it etc.  Just as an experiment.  I’m going to try it.

I had an idea a while ago about having a go at rewriting magazine articles, to see how I’d phrase things and if I thought I was any good at it (seeing as this assignment I’ve been thinking about for months is to write a magazine article).  The problem is, to get the information I have to read the article, and don’t want to do that as I want the writing to come just from me – I don’t want any ideas from anyone else (I don’t want to steel anything).  Obviously I would do this just as an exercise, I wouldn’t use it for anything other than my personal use.  I wonder if I can talk someone into reading an article and writing out the main points I would need to use. Mmmmmm.

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Pointless little blog

As you can see from the title this blog is going to be completely pointless.  I have nothing to write about.  I do however want to write something so here I am.

I am struggling to find something (anything) to write about.

I’ve just started to read 2 books (I know, I really should stick to one at a time).  One full on chick lit about a woman trying to loose weight and another Jodi Picoult book.  I’m not too excited about either of them.  I never am about Ms Picoult’s books, I never understand why because I love them when I get into them and find I can’t put them down! 

I do have something else I can ramble on about.  I’ve recently started to think about the way ‘Holiday’ will be written.  It’s always been 3rd person, but from the heroine’s perspective in my head.  But, I;ve just remembered, the first novel I wanted to ever write was going to be 1st person, so I’vebeen mulling over the idea of writing it 1st person.  I want to make my decision before I start writing any more of it.  But I’m not too sure.  If it’s 3rd person it’s only going to be from her perspective, there’s going to be no seeing of anything from other people’s perspectives, so maybe it should be 1st person?  I might try writing a scene about something twice, one 1st and one 3rd person to see which I prefer. 

I like books written in 1st or 3rd person but from just one person’s perspective.  I like discovering things when they do, Ipersonally think it helps me loose myself into the book more, when you know what they are thinking etc you become more involved.

I read a blog earlier by someone who’s writing a chick lit book.  She was talking about how all chick lit novels end happily ever after with the guy you’ve always know she’s going to end up with.   And it’s really predictable.  I had this exact same issue a few months ago (if I can find the blog I’ll link it here).  I wanted to write something a little deeper, something you can’t see from the 1st 100 pages exactly what’s going to happen. 

But I was talking to someone else about this, and they were saying wouldn’t that change what chick lit is?  We want to read it for the happy ever after.  If they didn’t end up together in the end we’d feel cheated?  OR would we? Would it be like sliding doors (the movie) where I thought the wrong Gwyn died?  I love the film, but hate it because there was only a hint of happy ever after, not it right there in your face.  If my novel didn’t end up with the main characters together, would my readers (getting very ahead of myself here) hate the ending?  I don’t know, I can’t decide.  I think I need to go with the fairytale ending for this book, then maybe think something else for the next one?!

Hmmm.  Seems that wasn’t pointless, or little.  That always seems to happen!

Days off… writing

Well, the first of my 2 days off work to concentrate on my writing and course was quite unproductive – in terms of writing and doing the course.  I figure I needed a ‘me’ day though to refresh, so today’s the day!  I did write a list of things I want to do, and did loads of them, so that’s good

I did do some more of assignment 2 – I’ll finish the magazine review today and I’ve got an idea of the article I want to write (along with a subject that’s happy to talk about it).  It’s going to be a lot of research and work – but I’m quite happy about the subject.  in my mind it’s going to be great!

One thing I did do a lot of yesterday is reading. Singletini that I’m reading is pretty good.  The story’s great, the way it’s written slightly annoys me.  It’s a little too casual, colloquial for my liking I think.  Maybe it’s just getting used to it, because I’m finding it easier to get used to as I go along.  Maybe it’s because it’s in the 1st person and I don’t read that many books that are.  I originally wanted to write my 1st novel (the one I’ve did 6,000 words for 5 years ago), but that idea went out with ‘Holiday’.  I’m not sure why.  I do like 1st person as I personally think it pulls you  in more as you’re seeing everything through that one person’s eyes, almost like it’s happening to you.  ‘Holiday’ is currently being written in 3d person, but from the heroine’s perspective.  I want to keep it just from hers so the reader experiences what she does – they don’t have the knowledge of what’s happening to other people until it happens to her.

I had the idea for ‘Holiday’ a few years ago, and had written some notes about it.  I think they maybe had the charachter’s names and a bit of detail about the story.  I’ve been trying to find these notes, but can’t.  It’s really annoying me.  I know I wouldn’t have thrown them away, I just don’t know where I’ve put them (this is why I should have a neat tidy life).

In the process of looking for them, I found loads of notes for ANOTHER novel idea I had when I was at uni (I know it was from then because the application letter for my 1st job was written on the back of them).  I’m quite surprised about this as I don’t remember writing anything until the year after I left.  It had some good ideas of things I can move over to this story – and some (basic, but good) character analysis’.

Right off to do the assignment (maybe something of my to do list 1st)…