This post is for Jimmy Fungus who has expressed a desire to know a few things, and I thought get around to telling him. Plus he's one of the only people who may read on a Saturday. Well anyway, we begin some time ago, some time this week or last. I mentioned that one time Jessica got really really drunk and signed me up to an escort agency, and Jimmy said he wanted to know the full story.
Unfortunately that IS the full story. I have no idea what agency it was or anything. I'm pretty sure she doesn't have pictures of me so I don't know what picture she used. She just found an escort agency, asked if she could sign me up, and I was drunk and told her to go for it. I think that's how it happened anyway. She may have signed me up without my permission. Either way it's hilarious.
The other thing was a response to my latest podcast. Half of his comment to it was "Anyway, I was intrigued with the discussion of knowing exactly where a
story is headed while writing it vs. not knowing for sure where you will
end up. I imagine many times a writer will think he knows where a
story is headed and it will veer off into a completely different
I don't know if this is true for other writers, and I've been telling myself it's a sign of a good writer, but this kind of stuff does happen to me. There was a story I originally planned to be 20 chapters, and about 30k words long. That story now has over 30 chapters, 50k words, and like I said in the podcast, I can still do a fair bit with it. I have a vague sense of major events in a story. Actually I typically go into a story with a short list of major plot events to work towards. I then work towards them. Sometimes things really get held off as well. I planned on writing a really emotionally tense part of the story and instead I wrote two chapters of light hearted fluff, and even the emotional stuff didn't go quite how I planned it to. I think that JK Rowling said one of the only things she knew for sure about Harry Potter was what the last sentence, on the last page, of the last book, would be. Not knowing quite where a story is headed really is good for helping you write it too. You start to write it so you know yourself what's going to happen. I realise that most of this is a repeat of what I said on the podcast, but eh. It's a good discussion topic. The way that a story can write itself, as well as you writing it.