March 31st, 2006

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Don't You Hate It When This Happens?

I just realized I'm going to have to write a freakin' action movie in the middle of a nice little character-driven story.

Well, I knew I would have to do it, that was half the reason I was writing the story in the first place. But now I realize I actually have to write the action movie bits and where they need to go and everything. This in an already complex story with conflicting love interests and flashbacks, and character development out the wazoo.

Why do I do this to myself? I was sure this would be a 5 on the complexity scale (out of 11, of course; complexity always goes to eleven) when I got the idea for the specific part of the story that's going to be the story I'm writing (wait, what?). But the more I try to put what's in my head on paper, the harder it is to see the paper for the trees that made the paper, and various forests thereof have come and taken root in my brain and are refusing to let me see what is, what was, and what will be.

I mean, this is the fourth revision of the story. I haven't even finished any of the other versions of the story, because I keep realizing the scene I'm writing is extraneous to the story, or requires a minor scene earlier for the proper emotional payoff.

ARGH.

I hate writing. But I love it so much.

I think it's my own fault, though, for trying to write a manga in prose.

Aaron "The Mad Whitaker" Bourque
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