Writing Progress: Week Ending February 11, 2012
Well, that went better than last week.
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 1,111 words
Grand Total: 1,111 words
Frankly, my writing week went a lot better, in some ways, than I had anticipated: I was expecting this week past to go pretty much like the week before. Instead, I actually put up more than a thousand words on my outline.
It was another busy week on the house project front, and I expect things will remain busy that way for the next several weeks. Plus, there’s out-of-town family coming to visit this upcoming week, so that’ll slow my progress as well.
As for the 1,111 words of this past week: more of it was spent on scenes occurring earlier in the narrative than the last scene I’d outlined two weeks ago. When I’d left off my outline before the week of nothing, I was nearing the epic climax, but uncertain how to proceed. Then, I got a thought about how to resolve the problem – and it involved first finding a resolution to the character arc of a prominent second-tier character (whom I call the story’s “anti-hero”). I still think the idea’s a good one: but it’s just the first phase of an idea. I needed to go back and add scenes or notes that built up to this penultimate climactic moment.
At the end of the day, though, I was still stuck. Adding in this scene to wrap up the anti-hero’s arc, I think, is the right thing to do for this story. The problem is: I haven’t given this character sufficient thought, yet. I don’t know him very well. So I don’t really know what his arc should be. My gut is telling me that, as an anti-hero, his arc should be tragic. I’m still working up the courage to do that. Not just because I’m afraid of killing him or maiming him horribly: but because I’m sort of afraid of what this tragic ending says politically. I’m trying to be careful how I approach politics and ideas and things that could be real-world reflections in this story. I’m afraid, however, that this character’s arc is inherently politically charged – and the ending of his arc can be taken as a political statement in one way or another no matter how I do it. Whatever, I have to do what’s right for the story, of course. But I’m still trying to feel out just what that looks like. Which brings me back to his character: what’s right for the story will have to flow from his character. Which I still don’t know well enough.
So: what I’ve got to do is I’ve got to write more about his character – another character profile – to get to know him better. And then I’ve got to do one of my little internal dialog question-and-answer sessions to feel out where I want this to go. No doubt, between the two, I’ll end up spilling a lot of words.
And that’s where things stand. His is the last major character that I think needs a full character profile for this story to work. I had thought I could put it off for a little while since the character isn’t introduced until approximately the one-third mark. But I realize now that was naive. He’s pretty integral to the plot, and to the ending. And so, I need to know him better.
That was my week in writing. How was yours?