Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Moving right along

Redshift is out the door! Huzzah!

So, with that in mind, and knowing I have a bunch of other things I want to write also, I got back to work on The Price of Conviction for the Doctor Who anthology. I didn't get as far as I had hoped but I've stepped away from it long enough that I need to refresh my memory on where the heck I was going with this.

I must admit, The Price is different than any other tie-in work I've done. Most of them have required fairly detailed outlines that had to be approved by the licensor. Not so, this one. This one was a paragraph stating what I was hoping to do with the story. I didn't have a detailed plot on this one and therefore, I'm pantsing this one up to a point. Obviously, I had to state what the problem was and how I was going to have to resolve it, but the getting to that point has been pretty much left up to me . . . that is until my most benevolent editor, aka kradical gets a hold of it.

I think this is a good writing exercise for me though. I'm very much a plotter and to step away from a tight plot is stretching writing muscles I haven't used in a bit.

Of course, dropping my English class has given me an extra writing night a week. This is a good thing. When kradical polled us about the 01 May deadline, I had to write him back and note I was about 6,000 words into the story. I figure even I can make a deadline with a head start like that.

Then again, listening to the travails he and kvaadk are having with their Destination: Prague stories, perhaps I'm being too optimistic.

*worrying will begin in 5, 4, 3, 2 . . .*

Words for Today
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,115 / 1,000

Progress on The Price of Conviction
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
6,664 / 10,000

Words for the Year
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
31,821 / 365,000


( 7 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Feb. 28th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
Don't worry, the issues hitting Destination Prague are unlikely to hit with The Quality of Leadership.
Feb. 28th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
So, to what extent were you familiar with the franchises before you got the gig to write the tie-ins?
Feb. 28th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Star Trek - I was much more familiar with the original series and am a huge fan of Deep Space Nine. I'm less familiar with Next Generation, (it didn't strike my fancy when I first started watching it, but it's growing on me as I watch it in syndication).

Doctor Who - Mostly familiar with the 4th Doctor. I didn't watch it a lot because it wasn't shown in the Midwest unless you lived near one of the big markets where they might have a PBS station showing older shows. Even with cable, it's still harder to find over here. But, I have spent a great deal of time getting to know the first doctor for my story. What I haven't seen on DVD, I've been reading the scripts that are available on line.

The first few seasons really impress me in what they were able to go given the era it was produced and the budget the shows had. I'm looking forward to finding more stuff on DVD to watch in the future.
Feb. 28th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
So - and thanks for taking the time to answer - do 'they' expect you to be familiar with the series, or do they hand you a series bible and a stack of DVDs?
Mar. 1st, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
I have to be reasonably familiar with the series to make a decent pitch. And, unlike those NYC guys, I don't get stuff from the licensor. If I want a DVD of Star Trek or Doctor Who, I have to either buy it or borrow it for myself (luckily, that's a tax write-off for me - research, don't ya' know *grin*).

When I did the Gauntlet Dark Legacy books, all I was given from Midway was a copy of the Prima guide to Gauntlet. No copy of the game, no notes from the developers, nada.

At least, when I did the Ultimate Hulk story, Marvel provided photocopied pages of Avengers #1 and #2 for me to use for reference material.

Heck, I even went out and bought copies of Warcraft and Starcraft because I *wanted* to pitch to Blizzard, but so far, I haven't been able to make the contacts to even give that a shot.
Mar. 1st, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I've been wondering whether if I can sell one novel, I could then cobble together some sort of living on the basis of tie-ins and techwriting. It sounds like I should pick a target franchise now and start researching. Warhammer, perhaps?
Mar. 1st, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
I know a couple of people who write for Warhammer and they seem to enjoy it a lot. Been trying to break into that market also.

You might want to talk to kradical as he's been doing the tie-in thing longer than I have.
( 7 howls — Howl with the Pack )

Latest Month

March 2017


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Paulina Bozek