I've been thinking about trust some, lately. Mostly in the context of, you know how when you start reading something, and immediately something about it turns you off? Then it seems like from that point on, you have two options: either you stop reading it right away and never think on it again, or you continue reading, but now with an excessively critical eye, to the point that it becomes much, much harder for the work to win you back.
It's one of those things that makes writing beginning pages to a work really difficult. Everybody always talks about the hook, but the more I think on it, the more I realize that it's less the hook that's important to me, and more the earning of trust (though maybe the two go hand in hand, to a certain extent). If I feel confident that the writer knows what he or she is doing right from the get-go, and that they aren't taking any shortcuts and are going to surprise me with something cool and unique, I will be very much more likely to end up enjoying the story. But of course, writing a hook sounds really easy compared to that.
Anyway, no updates for a while, I know. I've gotten myself stuck a couple of times, and that slowed my progress. I've been finding these passages in the original draft where the protagonist is just making his way through a place, and they drag on when reading them, and they REALLY drag on when writing them, so I've spent some time trying to think of ways to scrap all that and replace it with something more important to the plot than just "Character gets from point A to point B". This has involved some pretty major shifting around and re-writing, but I've gotten past most of that now. Finally breached the big old 1-0-0 today (that's 32000 words, according to OpenOffice). That's roughly 1/3 of the whole work, though I've managed to cut out 20 pages from the previous draft so far in editing, so it will probably end up quite a bit shorter by the end.
Just to put it out there, who else (who happens to be reading these blogs) is doing a major project right now?