Writing Progress: Week Ending June 9, 2012

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 writerI 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