Writing Progress: Week Ending April 28, 2012

Frankly, this was actually unexpected:

Book of M:

  • Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
  • First Draft Wordcount: 1,239 words

Grand Total: 1,239 words

I mean, for a regular week, that’s perhaps not a very exciting number for me to have finished in writing. But for this week past… I’m amazed at myself.

The Home Project Phase II got into full swing this past week, and most evenings were dedicated to getting work done on that.  And it has been exhausting.  There’s still more work to do this week on Phase II.

Despite that, I found time on two separate evenings this past week to focus on writing.  And so now I’m a good distance into the third chapter of the book.  I’m back in the main character’s POV, now, and I’ve hit some pretty emotionally difficult and complex terrain.  I’m basically digging through the main character’s backstory, as it were.  All of this contributes to who she is, why she acts the way she acts.  And it informs the direction of the plot from here.

Unlike the first two chapters, which were both single scenes over 4,000 words in length each, it’s looking like the third chapter is going to be two distinct scenes, or possibly three, of about 1,300 to 1,500 each.  Or at least, thefirst scene of the chapter is likely to be that long, as I’m nearly done with that scene.  It is perhaps still a bit premature to say how long the rest of the scenes in this chapter will go.

Incidentally… as this progresses, I’ll eventually be updating the progress bar out to the right.  I’m updating my progress as I go, of course.  But right now it’s based on my initial goal of 125,000 words.  It’s hard to say exactly how long the finished first draft will actually be.  But I think by the time I’m 5 chapters in, I’ll have a better sense of the length of the story I’m telling, so I’ll be updating it the draft length goal once I’ve put 5 chapters behind me.  I’ll probably update it again when I get to 10 chapters, and then maybe again at 20.  For now, it stays at 125,000.

Well… that was my week.  How was yours?