Writing Progress: Week Ending June 25, 2011
I had a fine week of writing last week. Here are the details:
Story of G:
- New Draft Wordcount: 1,944
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 4,499 words
Grand Total: 6,443 words
Awesome! My best writing week yet, since I’ve been tracking these things. “Story of G” is now well past what I expect to be the halfway point. I’ve introduced all the characters, and the central conflict is chugging along. What remains to be resolved: the story is supposed to culminate in a “big reveal”: sort of a twist-ending, I guess. I’m not sure yet, how to build from here to the big reveal.
“Book of M”, meanwhile, is slowly, slowly, slowly starting to take shape. I came to the realization that my timeline for completing a first draft on “Book of M” was too aggressive (and alternately, my timeline for completing a first draft of “Story of G” was too lenient). So, I reset my “Book of M” deadline from April of 2012 to July of 2012. We’ll see if the extra three months is sufficient. And I pushed up “Story of G” from October 2011 to August of 2011. I think I’ll still beat it. One or two more writing weeks like this one and it’ll be done.
I think I solved a thorny back-story problem on Book of M. It involved working out some of the details of the magic system. And then, in a moment of what I hope was serendipity, I stumbled on a way of tying in this ancient-history backstory with one of the supporting cast characters and the immediate inciting incident that kicks this story off. Basically, everything in this story happens because of my main character’s reaction to a specific incident – an incident in which one of the supporting cast characters was the main instigator. If the connection between this supporting character and the ancient-history backstory works well, then it sets up the story for a major reckoning between the main character and the supporting character later in the book…
Wow… that was all vague and meaningless-sounding, wasn’t it? Should I just use the characters’ names? That might make things clearer.
Anyway, the whole idea ties in the magic system of the world, which is a core element of the plot, and connects it directly to the characters. That means the conflict can flow from the characters, more directly, rather than from author-fiat. That’s a good thing.
I’m still a good distance from ready to start working on a draft of all this. A lot of what I wrote this past week is in my handwritten notebook. I need to transfer it to my electronic notes files, and flesh out the ideas a little more fully. And I definitely want to finish my character write-ups. So far I have one for the main character and most of one for this supporting cast character. But I have a co-protagonist I have yet to write a word about, and an anti-hero/contagonist, as well as the villain, and a few other key supporting cast members that need their day in the sun. So… a lot of work left to do. That, and also at least a rough outline of the plot still to go.
So, how was your writing week?