With the Home Project Phase I finally and fully in the rear-view mirror, it was a good week for writing:
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 1,743 words
- First Draft Wordcount: 622 words
Grand Total: 2,365 words
As I posted last week, I finally finished the outline of my work-in-progress novel “Book of M”, and in the latter half of last week I began the process of actually writing the book. It took me a while to find my footing. While I had an outline to work from, the opening scene itself wasn’t clearly delineated. For a moment I almost thought I should write a detailed outline of the opening scene to help me get the story started but I quickly abandoned that idea. I decided, instead, that the only choice was to jump in. Consequently, whereas I knew generally what was supposed to happen, it took me a while to find my authorial voice again. It’s been a while since I’ve written the first draft of anything. (The last first draft I wrote was for “Story of G“, which was started over a year ago.)
But toward the end of the week I started to find my footing, and I’m feeling more comfortable with the voice already. But man… I’ve got a long way to go. (Take a look-see over at that progress bar on the right. That sliver of red is oh so very small.)
As for the finished outline: you can see that I put in a fair amount of wordcount on that. Funny, though, because I was on the climactic scene of the story. Interestingly enough, I found as I approached the end of the outline that my notes increased in detail as I worked to ensure that I had all the motivations of the different characters figured out.
For the most part, I’m satisfied with the direction I’ve chosen for this story. It’s not as brilliant as I’d hoped it would be. But I think I’ve got a solid footing for an entertaining, satisfying finale. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. I’ve finished writing up the recipe for this particular batch of pudding. Now to cook up the real thing!
[ETA] All of this happy news notwithstanding, now Home Project Phase II looms near to view. I expect that Dear Wife and I will be consumed by work related to Phase II sooner rather than later. But, as Dear Wife has said, better that we get the work done now, and get it over with, than that we do it much later.
So, how was your week?