Hoping to skip any steps back… I finally had an epiphany yesterday that had me moving scenes around and adding new ones that made sense after the shuffle, and now there are fewer holes in my plot. I still have a gap that I am working to fill in, but it’s much smaller, and it’s just the one instead of three spots that really weren’t working. Definite progress!
I credit this jump forward to being able to see all of my scenes laid out in Storyline Creator (I’m really loving this tool!) and to this blog post from K. M. Weiland. I spent days reading over my scene descriptions and reading various articles and sections of writing books, and then the sun broke through the clouds and I could see my way. Hooray!
Wishing everyone a great writing week and breakthroughs where you need them!
The break went really fast! The new round of ROW80 started Monday, but I haven’t even put up my goals yet. So here they are.
I realized last round that there was a lot missing from my story. I’ve spent time finding where the holes are (my midpoint is nonexistant!). This round my goal is to complete a Snowflake Method outline for the story. I’m going to be using some tips and tricks from Holly Lisle, too, so I can get it worked out and ready for a rewrite that will, hopefully, actually work.
I’m also participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, and I set myself a goal of 20,000 words. I’m barely started on that, but as I get to the longer sections of the snowflake I think I’ll probably get to that. We’ll see. Mostly I’m participating because I like having a goal to aim for and someplace to share word counts.
So that’s it. Goals, ready and waiting for me to get them done. See you Sunday for an update. writ
I’m still working through the Holly Lisle character book/class. I’ve started reading the plotting class, too. I am really liking the new ideas that are springing up!
I am having to remind myself that slow is fine and I don’t need to know all the changes and additions I need for my revisions right now. And I don’t have to do it all this week. My impatience is trying to make me feel like I’m not doing enough, but I am.
I’m getting a better feel for my characters and my story world. I’m getting interested in it again. And I’m right on schedule to start the actual revisions the weekend of the 20th. It’s a little sooner than the six weeks I’ve seen recommended, but I’ve also seen just one month recommended, and this will be just over a month. I feel like I’ll have enough distance from the story at that point.
We’re back to writing at ROW80. Right now, I’m not actually writing a lot, at least not story writing. I’m doing character building work right now, mostly from Holly Lisle’s character clinic, but also from a few other sources I’ve gathered over my years of obessively collecting articles and books on writing.
I’m about a third of the way through the book/class, and I’m really liking the work I’ve been doing. I like the questions she uses and the methods, but the best part has been that as I’m reading it’s been sparking ideas for my characters. I realized my characters are younger than I thought, and I know what’s important to them and why, and I know enough about their personalities to know where they’ll clash. And all of this has sparked ideas for additions and changes I want to make when I dive into my rewrites.
I’ve decided that I’m going to at least read Holly Lisle’s plot clinic before I start those rewrites. I’m getting so much out of the character work that I feel like the plot information might spark even more good ideas for the story.
I was kind of worried in December that my story was too shallow and really didn’t have anything to grab hold of and work with, but that’s starting to change. Looking forward to more ideas that will help me shape it into something readable.
I really intended to write a few posts during NaNo, but somehow it didn’t happen. So here’s a wrap-up instead.
I got my win last night, and it feels weird. This year, I have been using Habitica to get tasks done (you should check it out–it’s so fun and useful, too!). So, I joined a writing guild that had a NaNo challenge going. Because of this, I actually wrote every single day. I did have two days (the day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving itself) that I didn’t hit the daily goal, but I wrote. Then I caught up over the weekend, so I didn’t have to do any crazy, 10K days, or even 5K days to catch up. This is the first time I wrote every single day of NaNo (yes, I’m writing a bit on my story today so I can really say that).
I learned something this NaNo. I am not an every day writer, at least not a comfortable every day writer. My best writing schedule for stories is to write three or four days a week. Maybe some writing practice on the other days. Trying to work on my story every single day left me feeling oddly rushed and pressured even though I wasn’t behind on my word count, and I’m pretty sure the days I struggled the most (and wrote the worst drivel) happened because I needed a break from the story. This is good. Knowing my best rhythm is important, so I’m glad I did this experiment.
Now comes the fun part of trying to grab hold of this story and bring it together and finish it. I ended up re-plotting it two different times during November. I think the new direction I found myself going in over the past three days is actually the right way to go, so now I need to figure out what parts of what I’ve written work with this and what needs to change and what needs to be added. For today, though, I’m mostly going to celebrate.