By one measure, it wasn’t a particularly good week, but by another it was actually pretty decent:
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 917 words
Grand Total: 917 words
Compared to two weeks of writing time over the holidays yielding only a little more than 500 words, this is fabulous progress, more than double the rate of the previous two weeks. Still, under ordinary circumstances I would consider anything less than 1,000 words in a week to be disappointing. But since this was the first week back from the holidays, I’m actually pretty satisfied with this progress.
Most of that wordcount was a continuation of writing character profiles – specifically finishing up the background of the secondary protagonist. His profile is a good example of why I find having the whole history of the world written prior to the start of the main body of the work to be important. In his case, events that occurred more than 250 years earlier are directly relevant to his character and who is he. Why and how could that be? Well… you’ll just have to wait to find out. 😉
I’ve mostly finished the main profiles I feel I need to write before I can work on the novel. Just one or two more. Plus, I want to do a first person version of the backgrounds for both of the main protagonists, to help me find their voice. Over the course of writing the book, I’ll write a handful of others, but most of them shouldn’t need to be nearly as detailed as the profiles for the main protagonists and villain characters.
Besides the character profiles, I also spent some time re-reading and fixing some things in my world-history document. (Recall where I indicated this history was directly relevant to a particular character?) As I reread some things, I discovered a some errors. For instance, I discovered that one major city I had earlier indicated was located on the mainland, but later said it was on an island. The latter mistake was driven by an erroneous memory of where I had scribbled a small dot on the hand-drawn map I created. This is what I get for not consulting the map before writing about a location. So I rewrote the latter bit of history and relocated the city to the mainland, where both my map and the earlier history entry had placed it. Relocating the city to the mainland required a bit of rethinking of how the city was impacted by the Great War.
Anyway, there wasn’t a lot of new wordcount generated by the read-through and edit, so that impacted my productivity for the week.
But with most of the character profiles nearly done, the last big thing I need to finish to get this novel jump-started is the outline. That outline is still stalled out at what I expect is the end of “Chapter 10” or thereabouts – about a quarter to a third of the way through the book. I stopped working on the outline, temporarily, because I thought it was important to dig into my characters and figure them out – the story wasn’t going to go anywhere without the characters leading it there. But I left the outline off with an unresolved worldbuilding question.
The answer to that question is important. The answer will probably impact the direction of the plot. But I haven’t nailed down that answer, yet. I’ve thought about the question at least little almost every day since I switched gears to work on characters. But I’ve only come up with a partial resolution. Anyway, I wrote about the dilemma facing me with this question before, on a previous writing update. So yeah, it’s been the better part of a month, and I still haven’t figured out the full answer to this plot question. It eludes me, and that frustrates me.
I shall have to figure it out quickly, now. I’ll be pushing myself back to outlining very soon.
How was your writing week?