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Writing Progress: Week Ending December 3, 2011

December 4, 2011

It’s been a while since I broke 2,000 words in a week, but I finally did it again this week:

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 2,692 words

Grand Total: 2,692 words

I crossed an important milestone this week, one that I’d been anticipating for a long while: I finished the long historical document that I’d been working on.  I now know most of the key historical events covering the last 1,800 years of history for the world of the “Book of M”.  And let me tell you: things got interesting.  There’s a good mix of cultures and worldviews, and a lot of potential story seeds.  There are enough hooks in the history to provide something, I think, for a stand-alone sequel to Book of M.

The culminating and crowning achievement of the history document was two sections, one on the history of the protagonist’s home-town and one slightly longer one on the history of the great city where the main body of the story takes place – each history document taking those locations from the events of the disastrous, apocalypse-triggering war that I’ve talked about in previous writing progress posts.  Inasmuch as setting is another character in the story, these give me some character to work with for these two important setting locations.  One interesting aspect of this was incorporating into the history document some details and information I’d already written about the protagonist’s village in my main entry on her – there’s some vital near-history covering the past couple years in that document as they relate to the protagonist, and some of the specifics I’d forgotten since I first wrote that document, so the refresher was great.

Along with finishing the history, I’ve finally begun a semi-detailed plot outline for the book, though I haven’t gotten very far in that yet.  Still, I think I need to take a step back and focus on a very high-level plot outline first, before I dive into the detailed outline.  It’s my way to be rather detailed, but I think having a high-level guide first will be more helpful – and will help me identify all of the key characters who I need to flesh out first, before getting into specifics.

So, all in all, a very good week for me, writing-wise.  I’m excited about this next phase of the writing project.  My goal is to start drafting the book itself in January of 2012, but I’ll need to get the butt-in-chair, hands-on-keyboard something serious to get there.

How was your writing week?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2011 7:37 am

    Sounds like a good week!

    The great thing about writing history is that you will sort of rule out excuses for not writing more in that area. The more you write, the more you find out but the more you will want to know too. 🙂

    Writing week for me…I finished Nano last Monday, so I haven’t written too much since then. I’ve been sitting on my hands a little, enjoying the non-need to write. But, yesterday I started writing about the story of a moon colony, which is a key element to the history of my world I’ve created. So, by writing my history, just like I’ve mentioned before, I’ve created opportunities for myself to keep writing, keep expanding my world. 😉 Good stuff.

    • December 5, 2011 9:35 am

      I’ll agree that for some of us, writing the history of our worlds or characters can be a fascinating and interesting exercise. I don’t think that’s universally true – there are writers who would be bored to tears with the idea of writing what reads like a series of pages from a history textbook in an imaginary world. But for those of us for whom this works – it’s a great and exciting way to discover our world and our characters.

      • December 6, 2011 5:03 am

        And that’s just the thing. It doesn’t have to be pages out of a history book. It can be short stories, poems, and songs from the past eras, or sketches of costume and fortresses. There’s so much that can be done that people probably don’t even think about.

      • December 6, 2011 9:14 am

        That’s a very good point, really – and it gets to what I’ve said before about Mythopoeia. And if that’s your thing – if you embrace the idea of Mythopoeia – there’s a lot you can do with these sorts of ideas. In writing “Book of M” it isn’t my goal to delve that deeply into the possibilities of Mythopoeia – I want first to demonstrate that I can write a single novel to completion – but even then I can’t escape the lure of a fully-realized and fleshed out world.

  2. December 5, 2011 12:15 pm

    Sounds like a great week. Apparently your brain was churning away even during the weeks when you had less time to actually write.

    Count me in the group that would be bored to tears, BTW, but everybody’s got their own methods.

    My week was interesting, as I talked about on my blog. Still working on the mystery story book, but I’m increasingly being drawn in other directions, so I think that means it’s getting to be time for some beta readers and feedback and so on, while I work on something else. Now, if I could just figure out which oher project should get my attention…

    • December 5, 2011 12:18 pm

      I saw your post about that… I think the space and time away are healthy – both for the writer and for the story. And yeah… my brain’s been a-churning. 🙂

      • December 5, 2011 12:58 pm

        And you know, a little while back you did volunteer to beta read… 🙂

        (It sounds like I’m just going to miss my opportunity to enlist Theresa, though. 😦 )

      • December 5, 2011 12:58 pm

        Yes, indeed I did. 🙂 Send something along when you’re ready, and I’ll take my best crack at it.

      • December 5, 2011 4:26 pm

        I definitely will. I’m thinking sometime around New Year’s Eve.

  3. December 5, 2011 12:31 pm

    Whoo hoo! Congrats on finishing up your history. I admire your dedication to getting to know your world that in depth.

    I haven’t been doing any writing, but beta reading endlessly. I have one last novel to get to, and hopefully I can finish up Dec with some short stories, get to the half-finished novel in Jan 😉

    • December 5, 2011 12:37 pm

      Thanks. It feels good to be done and moving on to the next step! Sounds like you’ll be doing a lot of reading for the foreseeable future. Stilll, it should be a good learning experience!

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