Last week was without question a very fine week indeed:
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
- First Draft Wordcount: 3,416 words
Grand Total: 3,416 words
A wordcount like that makes me a very happy writer. I suppose that wouldn’t work for a lot of other writers, but it’s more than 150% of my regular weekly writing goal. I really have to give a lot of credit to Dear Wife for that, who was nothing but supportive and encouraging this week, cheerleading me on and trying to help me get to a 4,000-word week. I fell short at the end – the source of some mixed feelings about my progress this week – but still had an amazing week. That got me through Chapter 4 and starting into Chapter 5. And it was a very exciting bit of writing to be doing. There’s a lot going on in Chapter 4. I got to really dig into some of the conflict that faces my protagonist and some of her emotions and feelings. And I got to really dig into the backstory.
And, I’ve discovered that my protagonist is a serial eavesdropper. In part, that’s a literary technique, I guess, and probably not a well-used one in my case. How else do I get around my main character knowing (and therefore my readers knowing) certain things about other characters without those other characters knowing the main character knows? You know? So maybe it’s a bit trite. I don’t know. But she eavesdrops. A lot. And, well. If that is to be a part of her character, I suppose I shall have to incorporate it going forward, and to have this be a part of her toolkit on how she overcomes conflict. In a way, I think it makes sense. So hopefully it’s not just a poorly-used literary technique, but an illumination of character. Continue reading