On my unease with creating longer works.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/09/04 19:00
Of all the things that have bugged me about Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, one of them is its projected length. The book is, as best I can tell, going to run at least 200,000 words. (230K is my current projected estimate.)
You know why this bothers me? Because one of my very own pet peeves is doorstopper novels that barely seem to be able to justify half or even a third of their length. I suffered through the first cinderblock volume of A Game Of Throning Dragon Crow Swords -- easily the most joyless cultural artifact to achieve anything like mainstream success -- and the idea of having to slog through five (it's now six) more books in that vein suddenly made cleaning the grout in the bathroom seem inordinately absorbing.
Some of this is me saying to myself, "What right do I have to ask people to sit through however many hundred thousand words of my own drivel?" I've already done it once (with Flight Of The Vajra), and I feel downright uneasy asking people to do it all over again.
So I asked some friends what they thought. And wisdom ensued!
On rewriting: "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a REASON!"By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/26 19:00
About one-fifth of the way through Draft 2 edits on Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Already I've performed some significant surgery -- cut multiple scenes down, telescoped them into each other.
The hardest issue I deal with in such work is the temptation to justify the existence of whatever is already in the manuscript. "No, no, I can't cut that, it's there for a reason." That whole routine. Horribly familiar, isn't it?
On using (and abusing) the rewrite process's "things to do" list.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/08 08:00
Writing wonkery ahead.
Over the weekend I finished putting together the scene map for Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, and slotted into it the "things to do" collected from the notes I'd kept during the first draft process. Some details follow for those not in the know.
On finding my way through the second draft of a story.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/08/02 08:00
Time to lift the hood on my work habits a little. The second draft process for one of my books -- Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned in particular, which is the one I'm currently rewriting -- works something like this.
Some more detailed thoughts on having finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/07/03 21:00
Some more detailed thoughts on having finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.
Finishing the first draft of any book is always a weird experience. You're elated that you got it done; you're exhausted from the work required; you're full of both apprehension and anticipation at having to go back and face your own words again.
I finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned draft 1 last evening....By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/07/03 13:00
I finished Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned draft 1 last evening.
On my first attempt at writing a character of nonbinary gender.By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017/05/29 08:00
So far Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, my current novel-in-progress, has become a personal first in several ways. Item: it's one of the first projects I can think of where I started by way of changing horses, so to speak; I ditched out on a project that was already most of the way towards getting in motion to work on this one. (No regrets.) Item: the book features a character of nonbinary gender -- and one that's explicitly identified as such, not someone that could be that if the reader squints and holds the book at a certain angle.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind