Previous Posts: Welcome to the Fold: September 2014

Welcome to the Fold: Wear Your Heart On Your Page Dept.

Why a compassionate writer is a better writer. (A somewhat roundabout discussion.)


In between working on Welcome to the Fold I've been gathering notes for the projects to come after it, many of which are not set in the here-and-now, but rather in some analogue of the past. I keep thinking of all the pitfalls involved in telling any story out of your time and place, it's the tone of the story that's one of the most underappreciated.

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Tags: psychology storytelling writing


Welcome to the Fold: Second Round Draft Choice Dept.

2nd draft of "Welcome to the Fold" under way for real now, with a few bumps in the road.


I'm most of the way through mapping out the second draft of Welcome to the Fold, and I'm starting to feel like the guys who have been given the thankless task of tearing down the Javits Center and building something better in its place. The hard part is not getting rid of the old, although that's bad enough; it's bringing in the new without recapitulating the sins of the old.

This is not a long book, but it's a complex one, with a great many individual little details that have to function correctly for the whole thing to work. In some cases, I had the right idea for how something was meant to work, but the wrong embodiment of that idea; in other cases, I had the wrong idea entirely, but the embodiment would be worthy of re-use. Sometimes a bad idea would have a great expression, or the other way 'round. And so on.

What was heartening, though, was seeing the core ideas I'd meant to do justice to rearing their heads again and again throughout that first draft. Rough and problematic as it was, the whole reason I'd written the book in the first place was there — visible to my eyes, at least. The trick now is to make sure everyone else who's not me also sees it.

Less urgent but still fun is the compilation of a playlist to go with the book. As with previous books, I did compile a playlist of material that did seem thematically related, but it's difficult for me to actually listen to that music while writing, as it becomes deeply distracting. Instead, I find myself listening to it at other times, and accruing ideas for the book during that away time. But a scene-by-scene playlist for Fold, one along the lines of the playlist I created for Flight of the Vajrais in order at some point.

Among the artists included — I don't think I'm spoiling anything by revealing this:

  • Richard & Linda Thompson
  • Talk Talk
  • Lennie Tristano
  • Dead Can Dance
  • David Bowie
  • The Prodigy
  • Scorn
  • Moby
  • Albert Ayler
  • Merzbow
  • Melvins
  • Don Cherry
  • Ministry
  • Coil
  • Primal Scream
  • Paul Haslinger
  • Nina Simone
  • Skinny Puppy
  • and Filter (duh)

Tags: Welcome to the Fold writing


Welcome to the Fold: Tell It Again Sam Dept.

How I write, and how I rewrite.


Work on the 2nd draft of Welcome to the Fold started in earnest this weekend, and to mark the occasion I have some more notes about the whole rewrite process. (Tr.: SKIP THIS POST IF YOU HATE WRITERLY MINUTIAE.)

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Tags: editing Fyodor Dostoevsky rewriting Welcome to the Fold writing


Welcome to the Fold: Smoothly Tooled, Roughly Drafted Dept.

On finishing a first draft, and my tools of the trade.


I spent most of yesterday without Internet access — I'm reminded once again why a reliance on network-based Web apps is such an awful idea; why make the network your single point of failure when we can't even reliably guarantee how fast it runs, let alone whether or not it runs at all? — so I had time to muse over a few things about my writing workflow. Skip this post if you find writerly minutiae numbing.

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Tags: Welcome to the Fold writing


Welcome to the Fold: Next To Last Stop Dept.

On being almost, almost, almost done with this book, and how I got here over the past year.


There's a good chance that by the time this post goes live, the first draft of Welcome to the Fold will be complete — about six months behind schedule. But then again my self-imposed schedules have always been somewhat unrealistic.

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Tags: Genji Press Welcome to the Fold writing



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