Writing Progress: Week Ending January 28, 2012

Another highly productive week of writing is behind me.

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 3,241 words

Grand Total: 3,241 words

Once again, my progress for the week was well-distributed across multiple writing days, demonstrating the fact that if I have the time to write, I can, in fact, write.  And these last two weeks I’ve been able to smuggle a lot of time across the border, so to speak, and I’ve been really productive.  The reverse will sometimes be true, I expect, in the coming few weeks  – because Dear Wife and I will need to focus a lot of our limited time-resources on planned House Projects, the current phase of which we want to finish roughly by the midpoint of February.  Pursuit of these joint-2012 goals – which are otherwise irrelevant to this blog – rank higher in importance, and I’m excited for this work to get done.  But nevermind that.  What about the writing, you ask?

Well, as I reported last week, I missed my self-imposed deadline for completing my prep-work for “Book of M” again.  I still haven’t finished the outline (at least… not as of the end of last week).  But I’m really quite close – in the last 10% of the book close, or so I think.  When last I visited with my characters, I was pondering the plot problems presented when one airship is reportedly significantly faster than another – and yet to have the final climactic moment happen at the prescribed time and place, I needed said second, faster airship to catch up with the first much more slowly than it’s speed would indicate.  In other words, the first, slower airship needed a bigger head start.  I’ve thought about it since then, and come to what is probably the answer as I realized that I still had one major plot thread that wouldn’t be adequately resolved in the final climax – I needed to resolve it first, and doing so would probably resolve that relative airship speed dilemma.

Anyway, that’s a bit specific with regards to the plot.  But you get the idea.  I’m right on the cusp of outlining out what happens in the climax.  And the great part: I have some idea exactly what that climax is.  When I started this outline, I really wasn’t sure where I was going to end up.  I had a few inklings, but no firm idea.  Now… I’m pretty sure I do know.  So that’s some big progress.  And while I’m truly excited to start the next phase, I do have that nagging voice in the back of my head that’s telling me: this is really good, but it’s not great.  You’ll have your work cut out for you in revisions, that’s for sure.  First I still have quite a bit to do, though, if I want to finish this by month’s end, and finally, finally start writing that first draft…

That was my week in writing.  How was yours?