What did I do today? Erm … um. Oh yes I remember – that blasted interview transcription that I am still (!) doing. I am now on 37 minutes. I have 10 minutes left to do, which if I’m lucky I can get done tomorrow. Unfortunately I have yet another interview to start which is also 40 plus minutes, arrhh!
I did a bit of work on my proof reading project. I’m on the final run though. I’ve left the comma usage for last and it is a ball buster. I really struggle with classifying clauses (adverbial, coordinate, dependent, independent) which means when I read the comma rules they are a bit too jargon laden. I’m sure the rule ‘use a comma to separate a adverbial clause from a main clause’ would be perfectly fine if I could work out if my clause is or is not an adverbial clause. Anyway I’m on page 23 of 219 so I expect I may be at this a while.
I then had a nap, after melting my brain with commas. Upon waking up fresh and alert (hah!), I decided that the computer was staying off if I wanted to retain my sanity. But given I was not feeling like any TV I took a chance on the new ebook I bought yesterday called The NORTAV Method for Writers: The Secret to Constructing Prose Like the Pros by A. J. Abbiati. I’ve read up to the middle of Chapter 3. It is a very interesting read. The writing style is very conversational. The jargon is well explained. The diagrams have come out beautifully on the Kindle version. The book comprises the author’s method for analyzing prose construction, basically how sentences can be classified into different types and how they are strung together – ish.
I’ve always struggled with my own writing trying to work out why it doesn’t sound or read the same way as my most admired authors. Jim Abbiati gives us a simple method for classifying types of prose e.g. narration, character observations, reactions, thoughts, actions, and vocalizations. By having a classification system then you can applied it to your favourite author’s work and to your own and compare the differences. It has already given me somethings to chew over to do with implied links between clauses and action and observation clause pairs. If you’re interested in how great authors construct their prose then this method will give you the skills to investigate for yourself.
You might be worried that deconstructing your own prose would harm your writing flow. This is something I’m always nervous about myself. But as the author assures us, studying the mechanics should allow your subconscious mind to pick up a few tricks, even if you don’t use them consciously, just like when you learnt about subjects and verbs back in primary school. Certainly it hasn’t affected my writing flow as I got on with writing Chapter 6 this evening. I’ve got the first scene written which took me quite a long time actually. I had a lot of technical details to work out as I was writing i.e. architecture, sunlight levels, type of music and dance involved in the scene. It’s amazing how much work has to go into even one sentence like ‘it was a vast space, filled with shadows untouched by the fading sunlight’. I keep a very handy reference to sunrise / sunset and moon rise / moon set times ready in my internet browser bookmarks. I have to refer to it almost daily to work out what the light levels would be at any given time in the day in my fictional world – I have picked a real historical date to work from.
If you think you haven’t heard about me doing any Open University studies recently, you would be correct. I know I have to get some work done but I just can’t summon up the enthusiasm. Maybe once I get this transcription stuff out of the way I can dedicate that hour of my day to my studies instead. My problem is given a choice between writing my novel and studying I’ll pick my novel every time !! This despite the fact there is no deadline on my novel but the 5th of September is looming as a fixed deadline for my last piece of coursework before the exam in October. So yes I will be making an effort to get enthusiastic about software development methods, but next week ok.
Hours Sleep in 24 hours :
Today so far : – 11 hours in 2 session 🙂
Headache intensity / pain level : 3 🙂
Nausea level : 0 😀
Joint / muscle pain : 2 😀
Fatigue : 5 🙂
Brain Fog : 4.5 🙂