Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday WIP Progress

After completing the whole of draft 1 last week, I have started the tidying up operation known as draft 2. Five chapters down, seven to go.

After that, I will be doing draft 3, which will consist of printing everything out, making notes, finding plot holes that I've missed, removing/adding description and explanation and making sure that people know why the characters act the way they do.

After some more feedback at tonight's writer's group, I am sure that the story is hanging together well and making sense, but there are some things about the characters which don't add up. Why did one person's mood change so suddenly? Why does someone need to explain something three times? Why don't the marines have names?

The hard work continues.


[Naebsy] said...

Personality is associated with the frontal cortex. Patients who undergo lesions in the frontal lobe often have drastic changes in their personalities. For mood... hmm that's associated with many parts of the brain, though the limbic system is thought to be the most directly involved.

[Naebsy] said...

Oh and repetition of self generated words or phrases is a clinical condition called Palilalia a form of Tourette's syndrome which is a hyperkinetic disorder. But here it is more controlled - 3 times, so I don't really know.

Martin Willoughby said...

Naebsy:Are you studying biology or psychiatry by any chance? That's useful information which I may be able to take advantage of in the first couple of chapters. Thankyou.