Writing Progress: Week Ending December 10, 2011
This week was not as productive as I would’ve liked, but it wasn’t so bad:
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 1,571 words
Grand Total: 1,571 words
Last week I finally put the long and ancient history of the world of the Book of M to bed – and this week I started an exciting new phase of the book development: the novel outline. The fifteen hundred words I put down this week got me right up until the beginning of what I expect will be the tenth chapter (though that could change when I start the actual writing), and the introduction of the primary villain of the book. At last, the villain has a name.
The work this week has been really fun. I’ve had a rough idea of what the first seven chapters would contain for a while, so putting this down on paper was fairly straight forward. But then I had to start getting creative – where would things go and what would happen after that? So I started thinking about what could make the situation worse for the characters, and some interesting things started happening as a result. I’m really looking forward to turning this into actual prose.
I expect the book to be somewhere between 30 and 45 chapters long, so at this rate I’m between a third and a quarter done with the outline. This week, I’ll need to step away from the outline just a little to focus on the characters introduced in this part of the book, and flesh them out a little more – particularly the villain. Up until now, I haven’t really had a clear idea of who the villain really was, just an idea of what his title and role were. But I feel that I need to know him better, as a character – what are his goals, his fears, and how he thinks – before I can really wrap my arms around the plot of the book, because what he does and how the protagonist reacts to it is what’s going to really drive the plot.
So that’s how my writing week went. How was yours?