I only got in another hundred words today on the Arthur story.
I hit a snag after that. I’m rather out of outline. Long term, I have some great ideas about where the story is going to go. But I was having a terrible time working out where I wanted it to get in the short term – like this one next episode, and the one after. So I decided to take a couple of days off, and work on something different.
I stalked through old projects, and came across one which I liked. It’s about a character named Raven (no last name yet) who lives in the same universe as Ryan Blackwell (from the Blackwell Magic series – By Darkness Revealed and Ashes Ascendant). The world is one where magic exists, and nasty creatures of magic exist, but they stick to the shadows – and most people don’t know about them. Ryan has magic of his own, and uses it to defend himself and others.
Raven doesn’t have any magic. She’s a doctor. She’s pretty much a normal person, who is smacked in the face with the reality of the world through an accident of fate. The rest of the story is about what she does after she learns that everything she thought she knew about magic and monsters was wrong.
It’s a cool storyline, and I had plans for a big serial. I never got far, and reading the manuscript over today, I saw why. It was written in third person, but that’s too distant for this sort of story. I want to be in the character’s head. After reading it, I could see how the distance was hurting the story. Intuitively, I stepped away after writing the first couple thousand words – I knew something was wrong, back then, but didn’t know what.
So today, I took the story and started working on it again. Actually, I *redrafted* it, from start to finish, a total rewrite in first person. Now the reader sits squarely inside Raven’s head while she tells her story. I like the new version much more.
Between the reading, and the analyzing, I ate up a good chunk of my day. After that was done I got into the rewrite. Got about 2000 words in before calling it quits for the day.
Fiction words for the day: 2100 Fiction words for November: 32,000 (200 words into 5th Arthur, 2000 words done on Raven)
Blog Words today: 407 Blog Words for November: 9409
Had an awesome writing day today. Finished episode four, and got cranking on the 5th. The morning and afternoon were periods of work broken up by periods of play. I got up – lazy morning, after a long work night. Checked email and played around on the internet for a little while. Then I got into some word count, got about a thousand words done before lunch. Had a nice meal. Went on to do more words. Took a break after another thousand to read for a bit. Then another 1500 or so words. Around 6pm I went out with SO, and headed downtown to watch Mockingjay.
Which was REALLY nicely done. I can think of a few spots which seemed a little rough. But overall, the movie captured the book quite well. Incidentally, the music is stunning, and as soon as it’s available (can buy it overseas already, but not here? argh!) I’ll be snagging a copy. “The Hanging Tree” is particularly haunting, and Jennifer Lawrence has a great voice.
Happy with those days when I get above 3k words done. Hopefully I will have more of them than not, soon!
Fiction words for the day: 3600 Fiction words for November: 29,900 (15100 into the 4th episode, done, 100 words into 5th)
Blog Words today::214 Blog Words for November: 9002
Today was a little hectic. Got some writing done in the morning. Then some needed housework. Then off to work early, because the facility is changing uniforms for nurses, and I needed to check in and get sized for things. Then a work shift, home, and bed.
A thousand words done in the morning, though, so I am still getting some work in there.
Dean Wesley Smith has been talking lately on his blog about “pulp speed” in writing. Using the Star Trek “warp speed” as a corollary. It’s fun, and funny. He’s been saying that at “only” 80k words a month he’s been plinking along at “sub pulp” speeds. And he’s working his way toward “pulp factor one”, with the idea of seeing how fast he can go in the months ahead.
As usual, what an awesome challenge.
Writing speed has EVERYTHING to do with the hours you spend at the keyboard. Which is just disciplining your mind. Most writers think that the more you write, the worse your writing will get. Why is that, I wonder? I mean, do we assume that someone who practices piano for ten hours a day, five days a week, is going to be a piano hack, and never excel? Or do we assume that person is probably going to get good a lot faster than someone who is playing a couple of hours a week in his spare time?
Of course the pianist with more practice time is going to improve faster. We all know that.
Then why do we equate writing more with writing badly? What a silly mindset.
I look forward to seeing how fast – and good – I can get, too.
Fiction words for the day: 1000 Fiction words for November: 26,300 (11600 into the 4th episode)
Blog Words today::298 Blog Words for November: 8788
LOONG work day today. Very tired. In work from 7am till 11:30pm, and then home. Very, very tired. No writing done, but then that was more or less expected. 😉 Off to sleep now!
Fiction words for the day: 0 Fiction words for November: 25,300 (10600 into the 4th episode)
Blog Words today:: 33 Blog Words for November: 8490
Today was a decent writing day. Up and moving by around 9am, and after some light breakfast and coffee, checked emails, and generally relaxed for a while. Ate lunch, and then put in about 1000 words. So not the most productive morning, but the afternoon started off well.
Had an appointment in the afternoon, and then got into some sorting and packing work. Which was good, and productive. Took a couple of hours. Then dinner, which was delicious chicken sausage stir-fried with egg noodles, brussel sprouts, green beans, and spices. And some more writing – another thousand words in.
Going to be a challenge to get caught up, at this point. With work days coming, it’ll be Saturday and Sunday.
Fiction words for the day: 2000 Fiction words for November: 25,300 (10600 into the 4th episode)
Blog Words today:: 138 Blog Words for November: 8457