I had intended to post the day after the last post but as per usual other stuff got in the way. Such as writing a proposal for a Young and Hungry commission. Oh yes, the draft of my novel had barely cooled off before I started sniffing around for another project…but it was the new idea I was romancing earlier in the year so I guess it isn’t all bad.
Back to November.
The writing went well during the second week, targets were met and chapters completed. But my mind was on the weekend when I was going up to Auckland to watch the shoot of my first short film.
When I first got the email about the shoot I ummed and ahhed about going up – it was scheduled for the middle of my marathon and I also felt a little divorced from the whole project. I had written the script in 2005 and I hadn’t heard from the producer, well, all of the year. In the end I decided to go – it was my first short film! And I wanted to see how it was done for my next short.
The shoot was amazing. First up I felt so welcome on the set – I had worried that I’d be in the way but I was fine. I was so exhausted when I got back to P’s place that I crashed out at 8. I also got to have a look at the editing process on the second day, which is where the story really comes together.
Elizabeth Hawthorne was amazing – we laughed at the footage again and again even though we had seen it at least 20 times.The only thing I was worried about was that the dialogue for the VO didn’t really match her performance. I wished I had time to do a rewrite before they shot…
…Someone read my mind because I got a call asking if I wouldn’t mind rewriting the VO dialogue. So I have a little project to keep me busy over Christmas!
The third week was unsettled – I wanted to write film! Not my novel! I had taken the week off work so I had time up my sleeve to ease back into the writing. I didn’t really get back into it until the end of the week which meant the trip to Matiu Island with my writing group was off for me and although I did feel a bit deprived, I did need that time to break the back of the novel (which I’ve just realised is an appalling saying!)
The last week of November I had three new chapters to write; two I knew absolutely had to be written and one I was a bit iffy about. The iffy chapter added nothing to the story nor drive it. When I had planned to include it I think I wanted to slow the pace down. The previous chapter is about how January is progressing in her studies, this is supposed to take a couple of weeks but because she is doing the same thing day after day I’ve condensed it. I wanted to add a chapter to show the passage of time but I think it would be better if I reworked the chapter I already have, slowing down the pace with the use of language and white space.
That’s how I spent November. I think it was worth pushing through with the draft – I hope it has more coherence than the last draft. I felt physically broken after the month of writing ( I may have developed a writing hump!) I think the novel may have broken my back!
Here’s a music vid from the incomparable Ramon!