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Hodgepodge of writery things

A question for all you writers out there.  Once you've finished the main creative writing process of your novel and your onto the focussing on editing stage, do you have a writing project on the side where you're just writing and not worrying about the editing?  If you do, what kind of project is it?  Novel, short story, screenplay, etc?  

Thank you L.M. Montgomery.  I was watching the CBC broadcast of "Anne of Green Gables" with my niece the other day and I was reminded once more of why I loved Anne so much.  Anne was the reason I started to write when I was in grade 2.  Anne was such a flawed and creative person and I could totally relate to her in that.  It was because Anne wanted to write and in the books, she did write and did get published, I saw that I could too.  I think that was the first time I realized that what I put down on paper could connect with other people, and that books weren't made by the magical store, but came from people first.

Probably because in the last month I've focussed on the editing of my novel rather than just sitting down and writing, I've been paying a lot more attention to the books I''m reading, and the movies I'm watching, for tips on the writing process.  Not that I haven't been learning from my reading before now, because I most certainly have.  I've decided to share with all of you some of the tidbits I've picked up.  Rather than putting it in my reading blog inkling_review which I'm reserving for full-on book reviews, I wanted to write down the tidbits here because it is a part of my writing process.  So here are a couple to start:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.  Clearly Mr. Martin is a master writer.  This is the first book of his I've picked up and I'm glad that I did.  Truly a master.  I hope I get to meet him at World Fantasy in Calgary.  The details are so rich and tangible, but not over done.  Winterfell is a castle with towers and turrets, and as the book progresses, that's when we get to see how it is really a rambling combination of add-ons and slanting sloping floors.  Rich details that all contribute to the story and never come as an info dump.  I'm fascinated with how each of his characters in such a large cast have their distinctive voice.  It isn't so much that they speak differently as you might expect because some come from the north, some from the south, some are royalty, some are just aristocrats.  It isn't what they say, but it is their perspective on everything that is happening that gives them such distinction.  And he shows character growth not through what they are thinking so much as their reactions to what is happening to them.  

Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds.  Hand down Ms. Reynolds is one my favourite authors.  Mock Oprah's book club all you want, but I'm grateful to it for introducing me to Sheri Reynolds.  She has truly captured teen-girl angst mixed with humour.  Not your classic teen-girl angst, but a girl, Tessa Lee, who's mother has run out on her and her little brother, a grandfather who has died, and her brother who was just killed.   She is left with ther Grandmother and there is a fabulous sceen where Tessa Lee is imagining that ther Granny is going to die and how she will survive and what she will do to earn money and pay the bills because her Granny is going to die within the year and amidst convincing herself of this comes the worry that Tessa Lee does not yet have her drivers licence and she'll have to pass the test so she can drive her granny to the hospital for chemo.  There is the angst of the loss of family and the angst of not having a license, and it is written in the magic 3 formula for comedy so that after a couple of serious concerns about the granny comes the poigniant yet humorous moment of needing the drivers licence which is such a practical and normal 16-year old thing to worry about.  I've been watching closely for that formula of 3, and am finding it, and it's multple layers.