Writing Progress: Week Ending December 3, 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I crossed an important milestone this week, one that I’d been anticipating for a long while: I finished the long historical document that I’d been working on.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?