March 1, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
23061 words and 9 chapters completed
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
48365 words and 19 chapters almost completed! Yay I wish I made it to 50K but it’s pretty close!
WIP Issues This Month:
I got to the middle, and in spite of my intensive four-act structure outlining for this second draft, it felt flat to me. So I’ve been stuck in the 40-50K mark for about two weeks actually.
Amanda was reading Writing The Breakout Novel workbook (which is only in paperback), but since I didn’t really want to pay so much for the island customs, I decided to buy Writing 21st Century Fiction on my Kindle instead.
And I love it. Actually, it was something I read in it (see my #1 lesson I learned this month) that inspired the muse for the right scene that would serve as the transition I much needed between the second and third parts of my novel. Because of that transition, I also had to write a new first chapter.
Not sure it works yet, as my CPs haven’t read it.
Four things I learned this month in writing:
1. Your MC should have a life before the story begins, and if possible, some problems that would remain even after the main problem driving the plot is solved.
2. When writing settings, try to bring to mind things that are not immediately obvious , and this works better when you see things through the character’s POV. E.g instead of reporting that dark clouds lazed across the sky, add a personal touch to it by seeing the dark clouds through your MC’s eyes. Perhaps the dark clouds reminds her /him of a shape etc. Of course, I don’t know if it is wise to do this all the time. Sometimes, your MC would not be in a mood to take in their settings. So it really depends.
3. (2) can also apply for your characters. Try to bring in characterizations that are not immediately obvious. Veronica Roth wrote a post on that.
4. If you don’t write your novel, bad news is the elves won’t write it for you either.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Mostly studying. Although it was not just that, during the time I was stuck, I didn’t feel like writing and was hoping I’ll get a dream that’ll make it all clear or something. Unfortunately, nothing of that nature happened.
Goal for next month:
I’ll love to finish this WIP this month. Okay, I know I said the same last month. And with the way things are going, it looks like I have about 20 more chapters to write (and a chapter usually takes me two days at least), so this is really not a realistic dream. Still, a girl can dream.
I want to finish the third act of my novel and fix all the broken parts of my first and second acts.
There was some rule in the magic system I had messed up for the benefit of my second act, and I got stuck toward the end of the act when it dawned on me that having that rule messed up means my ending would be a bit illogical. So I have to rewrite every part I used that rule for my benefit…which is A LOT. *tears hair*
Last 200 words:
Then they passed through a longer stretch of darker clouds until there weren’t any Byrusses left. Pladdia felt calm seeping into her heart. Under the dark and without Byrusses, they were safe. At least for now.
“Why are you helping me, Niteo?” The soft wind carried her voice.
“I thought we had gone through that.”
“But this is craziness, don’t you see? Flying through the Lumen Regnum in the deep of the night at the risk of being caught by knife-wielding wackos. This is not what anyone wants. This is not the kind of adventure anyone signs up for.”
“You do not know anyone then.”
“But don’t you see you could be labeled as an accomplice? And you have no idea what the price would be.”
“I doubt I would be labeled so. I have my privileges.”
“Of course, how could I forget.” A wall-thick bitterness enclosed her chest. It was so hard to breathe for a while.
How did everyone’s month go? Really looking forward to read about all our progresses! ❤