Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Something - Something

So, here is the scene from Tony's POV of the night when he first meets Genna 15 years ago. It's not going in the book so it's more or less a character study. I needed to write it to find Tony's motivation for his love for Genna.

And I think I figured out that it is the weather that is messing with me. Monday morning it was cloudy and I wrote 3000 words. Yesterday, still cloudy and I came up with 2200 more. Usually I can't write unless the sun is shining. I guess I'm just wacked. (More on this phenomenon Friday.)

Rating -- PG 13

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Falen (Sarah) said...

ooh i think weather is a huge motivating factor for me too!
I should try and keep a weather/writing journal

Summer said...

Great scene, Anne! You revealed several things about Tony on different levels.

I think I've kinda learned to overcome my weather/writing connection, but I know I prefer writing on rainy days.

Terry Towery said...

Good stuff, although reading about someone's balls being cut off isn't a great way to start one's day! ;)

sarahjayne smythe said...

Hee! I like this a lot. Especially the dialogue regarding said testicles. Very effective. :)

Piedmont Writer said...

Sarah -- I always used to write when the sun was out. I think it has to do with the heat now though.

Summer -- Yeah, Tony revealed himself to me and I just knew I had to write it down if not for any reason other than it's where the actual story begins.

Terry -- Sorry about that man. I should have realized.

Sarah Jayne -- I just tried to imagine the most coveted thing about a 16 yr. old boy.

Crimey said...

When I started reading this, I thought Tony was older like mid-30s older. He seems mature for his age. Love the "cut off your balls" line.

Piedmont Writer said...

Crimey -- He's only 16 in this scene but he's already seen a lot in his life.

notesfromnadir said...

Hope it's real sunny & you get lots of writing done!

I thought Tony was a lot older, too. He's an interesting character, a dangerous bad boy type which does well w/ readers!

The Words Crafter said...

Hmmm, makes me wonder what kind of life he's had so far, and've made him deeper and more complex...I'm liking him; he's garnered my sympathies.

VR Barkowski said...

Great scene, Anne. I had the sense Tony was older too. It was only when Robby said Genna was fourteen that I realized Tony had to be in his teens. I think maybe it's where he thinks about being a bad boy. Do boys really think of themselves as boys? Maybe some slang appropriate to the period. What was the going jargon? Was it still dude? And I agree with Sarahjayne, the testicles line was terrific.

I don't think weather affects my writing, but I'm from California and until I moved to Georgia six months ago, I never had weather.

Bossy Betty said...

I think you demonstrate Tony's personality beautifully here, especially through his language.

WritingNut said...

Great scene! I love these exercises.

The weather plays a determining factor for me too, only I tend to like the rainy days ;)

Susan Fields said...

Great stuff! I really enjoyed this. "The urge to get her alone far outweighed his need for testicles" is my favorite line. :) You've given us a really good feel for both their characters in this scene.

Piedmont Writer said...

Lisa -- I don't know if readers will like him when he gets older. He's still a bad boy.

Becky -- Complex. Yeah, that's Tony. Nothing's cut and dried for him.

VR -- The only word I could come up with was 'dude' and I already used that further down. I can't really remember what it was like to be 16, and a boy, so ....

Betty -- Thanks for the lovely words. It means a lot.

Writing Nut -- We only had 2 days of rain. I wish it would be cloudy at least.

Patti said...

The urge to get her alone, even for five minutes, far outweighed his need for testicles.

Loved that line. Great character study. That's a great idea to do that even if you don't have it in the book.

Shelley Sly said...

I really like this look into their past! So cute that Tony liked her from the start. I think it's an awesome idea to write like this as an exercise, to understand our characters better. I like it, as always!

DL Hammons said...

Thats a wonderful scene! Too bad its just a character study piece.

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Piedmont Writer said...

Susan -- Thanks. I love that line too. It's just so meaty.

Patti -- It's the first one I ever did so I don't know if it's good or not. I just write what I think is best.

Shelley -- Well, I had to give Tony some redemptive qualities don't you think. I need to make him less an ass.

DL -- I have actually been toying around with sticking it in, maybe as a prologue. But I'm still on the fence.

Lola Sharp said...

Oh man...I'm too late! Sorry. I've been SO busy. I was still thinking you put these up on Thursdays an that I was safe to get it today. I forgot that you switched to Wednesdays. Duh. *head slap*

I am glad to hear that you found a way to write again. Sad to hear you are weather dependent! ;) Fall can't come soon enough for you, I bet.