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Non-Fiction Publication: Dog Attack

Posted by Ali on May 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

About a year and a half ago, my dog and I were attacked during a walk. I wrote an article about it and it just went up on xoJane today. They have a format that features personal stories, they call them "It Happened To Me" and I felt like it'd be the perfect format for the story.

 

I'm excited to have it up, though, sadly, have noticed a few typos I didn't catch before submission. If you're going to click over, I'll warn you - it gets a bit gorey both in the text and in the included pictures.

 

If you click over, please take a minute to drop a note in the comments section of the article.

Getting Tangled

Posted by Ali on December 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)

So, I've been working on this zombie story. I was looking at my little stack of pages, feeling pleased with myself, until I realized I had done it wrong. See, the story was supposed to go like this: Guy survives zombie apocalypse, guy meets gal, and then... things get weird.

 

 

I had a clear vision, I sat down, I started writing, and little by little, I got tangled. The bottom line is that the main idea of the story happens after the two characters meet and I was taking too many pages to get there. World building is a good thing, but I spent too much time on the stuff that wasn't important. In order to write everything out in a way that made the weird part balanced with the beginning, I'd have to write a much longer story than I needed. Otherwise, the end would feel lopsided.

 

 

Believe it or not, I (voted most likely to write too spare) had overwritten! Wait, unless... I hadn't. I started out with my vision, but sometimes, what you start out wanting to write and what you end up wanting to write are two different things. Also,by veering from my main plan, I wound up thinking about a third angle for the story. I'm not sure if it's where I want to go, but it's worth pondering.

 

 

To recap, right now, I'm trying to work out a knot. My options:

1. Scrap a lot of what's on the page and revise/continue writing to fit my original idea.

2. Keep writing along the path I'm currently wandering.

3. Revise/write to reflect another idea that's not quite 1 or 2, but something a bit different.

 

 

Ultimately, I have to answer some questions about what kind of emotional payoff I'm going for. If I go one way, it's a squirmy feeling. If I go another, it's still squirmy, but a little bittersweet (I hope). I know I want it to get uncomfortable, but what flavor of uncomfortable?

 

 

What's the last thing you wrote that went in an unexpected direction?