Writing Progress: Week Ending June 18, 2011
Another week of writing come and gone. Here’s how it went down…
Story of G:
- New Draft Wordcount: 0
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 1,485 words
Grand Total: 1,485 words
Whoa. Compared to the revised total from last week of 3,242 words, this is way off my game (though, to be fair, well in-line with the week prior to that). What happened?
Well, I’ve learned over the past few weeks of trying to be consistent about writing that I have a few genuinely productive days each week. Weekends are pretty much a goner: that’s family time during the day and one-on-one time with Dear Wife in the evenings, and Sunday, in particular, is the traditional day-of-going-to-church, so it’s hard to get much writing done those days. And, well, the weekend begins on Friday evening, so we’re back to family time and Dear Wife time on many Fridays. That leaves Monday through Thursday as writing days.
This week, however, one whole writing day was consumed by my feverish rush to finish reading The Towers of Midnight. Another whole writing day was consumed by a sick little B.T. who had contracted one of several various “Daycare Diseases” (and subsequently passed said disease on to Dear Old Dad… in time for Father’s Day, no less). Another day was lost to sheer exhaustion – that’s something that just happens, sometimes, when you’ve got a toddler. So… all in all… I’m pretty proud of the amount of productivity I wrangled out of those various challenges.
But what’s particularly satisfying is this little nugget: although my quantity was thin, my quality was great. Which is to say, I made a major plot break-though on some of my background planning on “Book of M”.
You see, what got me excited about the “Book of M” project, in the first place, was that I’d come up with a great set-up for the story. The initial premise was, to my mind, exciting and intriguing. The first third of the as-yet hypothetical book was solid, in my mind, and should pull the reader through. The latter half, however, just seemed to lack something. I couldn’t say what it was, but it left something to be desired. After the initial set-up of the first third, I could easily just follow that premise to its natural conclusion… but I feared the initial excitement would just give way to the drudgery of inevitability.
What I came up with last week was a bit of backstory that’s buried way in the past. But it’s a bit of backstory that is, by it’s nature, woven deeply into the fabric of the narrative present. Plus, it’s a great twist on my initial narrative premise. When I pull it out at the midway point, it should be like WHAMO! if I play my cards right. What’s more, it delightfully explains a lot about why the world is the way I’d be making it out to be. Or at least, I think it does all those things. The idea isn’t fully fleshed out yet – I’ve some more thinking to do on it – but I’ve written up a basic framework for it. Regardless, I’m excited by this new development, and I look forward to writing more this week.
As noted in the afore-linked post, I’ll be taking a short hiatus from starting reading any new books until I catch my real groove with writing again. This week, I intend to get back to working on the first draft of “Story of G” as well as continuing on the vein I tapped last week in background development on “Book of M”. It should be an interesting week…
So, how was your writing week?