March 29, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
48 365 words and 19 chapters almost completed!
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
*sigh* 19 036 words and 8 chapters in. *runs inside closet*
WIP Issues This Month:
It’s… complicated. But I hope what I’m about to say would make some sense.
So…finished my second act, and was about to plunge into my third when I had this nasty feeling that won’t go away.
I know that probably every plot has been written before, but my muse kept telling me, “your story’s turning slowly into a softer Hunger Games. I know it makes the stakes clearer but see, this wasn’t our plan. This wasn’t what you outlined the very first time you started writing this novel. I…” it threw its hands up in the air, “don’t know what to make of this anymore.”
So I thought about it for a day and then, when I decided, I tweeted this:
Except I thought the rewrites wouldn’t take that long. It wasn’t that I was scraping everything, except I ended up scraping almost everything.
So right now, I’m nearing the end of my first act. Two more scenes to goooo! 🙂
Four things I learned this month while writing:
1. Writing is a labor of love.
2. If you rewrite the story you thought would be The Next Big Thing often enough, your faith in yourself and it might start declining.
3. When your faith starts declining, if you’re lucky, there’d come a plot twist that’d make you fall in love with your story again. Like tonight:
4. You know you love your WIP when you lose count of the draft you’re writing. And there’s a thin line between being in love and being foolish, so keeping fingers crossed I haven’t stepped over to that dark side (okay, not sure if this is a lesson).
What distracted me this month while writing:
Trying to find inspiration. Fighting the sinking feeling that my WIP sucks. Brainstorming how my new plot would tie in to the theme (which is something that’s not changed). But you wouldn’t call that distraction, per se.
Goal for next month:
Finish this WIP. I’ve outlined everything, so what’s stopping me? Right? 😀
Write my second AND third acts. Okay, half of my third act.
Last 200 words:
Not up to 200 words but it’s the new first paragraph of my WIP. I don’t think I’ve ever shared any firsts before, so here’s a first. 😀
Pladdia threw her ring into the Smaller River of Healing. It rode on the waves for a while, before the river gobbled it up. She nodded, satisfied. Magic had kept the river flowing even when the rest of the city was all frozen up. An ancient, unstable magic.
She turned to give the Sunnian suffering from the strange disease the go-ahead to follow her, only to see him shivering. Poor guy was probably daunted by the fact that they were smack-dab in the city center.
“Don’t worry, they’re too in their heads to be watching.”
How did everyone do this month? *BETTER THAN I DID, I HOPE*