Writing Progress: Week Ending July 30, 2011

A very decent week of writing; I definitely can’t complain about these stats:

Story of G:

  • New Draft Wordcount: 0 words  (First draft was finished last week!)
  • Background Notes Wordcount: 0

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 4,382 words

Grand Total: 4,382 words

The story this week was all “Book of M”.  And not a bad week.  I’m still in the background notes phase of the project.  As I’ve described before, this step, for me, is a pretty lengthy stage of the process, and there’s a lot that goes into it.  The vast majority of what I wrote makes up part of a narrative history of the world this story takes place in – all the wars and Empire and Kingdoms and great deeds and so on that make up everything that comes before.  You know, the part that makes it “epic”. 

What’s great is that the work I’ve done this week has really amped up the enthusiasm quotient a couple notches.  Not that I wasn’t enthusiastic about this story before.  But mostly, until now, I’ve had a basic framework of the plot in my head, and a handful of major characters with whom I was vaguely familiar.  But now, as I fill out its history, the world is coming alive for me.  It makes me excited to get through the history so I can start in on the story proper.

Of course, there are a couple other things I’ll need to do after finishing that history before starting the main part of the story – including finishing the character bios for all the major characters as well as setting down my outline for the book.  But working on the history gives me a feeling of momentum.  And that’s a good feeling.

Combine that with a much better-than-average week, wordcount-wise, and I’m feeling pretty good about this week past – and I’m looking forward to the week ahead.

So, how was your writing week?