Today was the last day of Lani's Making Magic class. We talked about Discovery and how important that is to your writing. Very inspiring stuff. (I'm still a little unclear about the difference between Magic and Discovery, especially since two of the homework assignments are the same, but if it gets the juices flowing I guess it doesn't matter.) I have lots of ideas bouncing around in my head, and I'm pretty sure those ideas are going to lead to other ideas which will eventually lead to a good story.
Next weekend the Discovery class starts. The first lesson is Soundtracks. I might refine the one I've already put together in Magic. I've already done a little bit of fiddling with it. But mostly I want to poke around in tropes and with my collage (which is still 99% in my head and 0% assembled.)
Have I shared my soundtrack yet? Here it is:
Back to December- Taylor Swift
Fuck You- Cee Lo Green
Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles
Human Heart- Carey Ott
If We Ever Meet Again- Katy Perry/Timbaland
Last Christmas- Glee Cast
Lush Life- Natalie Cole
Make You Feel My Love- Adele
Need You Now- Lady Antebellum
Turning Tables- Adele
Valerie- Amy Winehouse
What'll I Do- Rosemary Clooney
Breathe- Melissa Etheridge
Come On Up To the House- Sarah Jarosz
St. Patrick's Day- John Mayer
Big Bang Theory- Barenaked Ladies
St. Patrick's Day and Big Bang Theory are new additions. St. Patrick's Day sparked a thought about structure (believe it or not), and led to some interesting (IMO) changes and plans. I'm not 100% sure Big Bang Theory really belongs, although it sort of feels like it does. Don't know why yet. Mostly I just added it because I started watching the show this week (one of the local channels started airing two episodes a day during the "everyone else is running the evening news" time slot). I don't know how I missed this show before. It's very funny, and the theme song is fucking addictive. I figured, if I'm going to be humming the damn thing constantly anyway, might as well add it to the soundtrack. I'd been thinking that Ethan was perhaps a tad bit nerdy, and this just reinforces it. (Oh, please God, tell me I'm not going to have to learn how to play some table top, roll playing, 20 sided die game as research. I love me some nerd boy, but that is totally not my thing.)
I think Breathe is going to have to come off the soundtrack, though. The more I listen to all of it, the more I think that it's the other guy's song, not Ethan's. And while some of those songs speak to the relationship as a whole, this is mostly Ethan's soundtrack. The other guy will have his own soundtrack later.
Oh, oh, oh! Good news! The Other Guy has a name! He's Jack. It was right there, staring me in the face, and I finally got it. (Hit the Road Jack.)
I think that's about all the writing news I have at the moment. Eventually I'll get the collage done(ish), and I'll post a picture of that. Oh, and while we're supposed to be working on soundtracks, which I feel pretty solid about at the moment, I'll be working on Kelley Armstrong's Outlining 101. It's fabulous. This is the program I followed (in my own special, Becky-ish way) in 2007, which was by far my best, most productive NaNo year. (National Novel Writing Month for anyone unfamiliar.) I want to mesh some of Lani's Magic/Discovery work with Kelley's Outlining 101 to hopefully get me on the right track and revved up for November 1st. (I hadn't been planning to NaNo this year, but what the hell. And since I'm off in my own world, doing my own thing and making it up as I go along, I might just start before Nov 1! I know. I'm such a rebel!)
If you're interested in checking out Kelley's writing info, go to her website, kelleyarmstrong.com, and join her forum and the OWG (Online Writing Group). That's where you'll find her NaNo prep stuff, as well as lots of talented and welcoming fellow writers.
And now I think I really am done. Pretty jazzed about all the work ahead of me. But it's fun work. Fwerk!