Writing Progress: Week Ending October 8, 2011
This week, I finally got back in the novel-writing saddle, albeit my progress was a little soft:
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 1,541 words
Grand Total: 1,541 words
I submitted “Story of G” last week, of course. I’m still so nervous. There’s no question, to me, that “Story of G” is my best work yet. Even so… I’m having these nightmares that it’s really not that good at all. Or that I really needed another round-or-two of edits, because maybe the main character is too weak or the plot to byzantine, or whatever. I don’t know. Time will tell.
Having done that, I finally got back to working on the novel, “Book of M”. I’m not impressed with my progress. About a-month-or-more ago Dear Wife issued a challenge to me: finish my background notes and assorted whatever and be ready to start on “Book of M” proper – to actually start writing the story, and not just the backstory – by the end of the Columbus Day holiday. That’s… tomorrow.
And… well… I didn’t write a word of anything related to “Book of M” for the past three weeks. My attention was focused exclusively on “Story of G” and getting it out on time. The novel-related deadlines were all artificial, self-imposed, and anyways they were a long way off. “Story of G” was much more immediate.
The result, however, is that I’d forgotten some of the details related to the world of “Book of M”. I spent one evening this week, for instance, rereading and reviewing notes I’d made in my writing journal about thoughts and ideas for the history and backstory of the world, and for magic system, and so on. It was a lot to review – but I’d reached a point in the work I was doing for my “Project Bible” for “Book of M” that I needed those thoughts fresh in my head. Another evening I allowed myself to be too distracted. The result this week is that it has been a slow ramp-up in wordcount and work completed. The majority of the wordcount for this week was achieved yesterday.
I still have today, of course, to really ramp things up. I’m hoping for a really high-volume day today. But no matter how I slice it, I’m not going to be able to get the work done that I need in order to be ready to start writing the actual novel this week. Heck… I haven’t even figured out the ending of “Book of M” yet – I’ve been hoping it would come to me as I work on the background material. I need some kind of ending to work toward before I can really start writing (it’s just how I roll).
But Dear Wife and I had a conversation this week, in which she encouraged me, and made it clear that her deadline was only meant to inspire me, because she knows I’m excited for this book. “But,” she said, “If this is your process, you’ve got to respect your process.”
Still… I’m aiming to wrap up this background notes and research and whatnot stage as quickly as possible. Maybe not by tomorrow. But soon.
Well, that’s me. How was your writing week?