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?