April 26, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Whew! April’s almost gone, can you believe that? Spoiler for my writing this month: started really promising and ended on a where-can-I-find-the-time sad face. 😦
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
19 036 words and 8 chapters in
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
48 128 words and almost done with the 19th chapter.
I was aiming to be done with the second act and even go midway with the third act, but as of tonight, I still have two-three chapters to go before I get to the end of the second act.
WIP Issues This Month:
Never thought I’d say it but this rewrite has been going well. The only issue I had was time…or the lack of it to write!
Four things I learned this month while writing:
I started watching Scandal on Netflix. Well, I’ve only managed two and a half episodes so far (because time!) but one thing I learned from the first episode was how Olivia Pope’s job/company was described. For a newbie like me, it was easy to grasp. And made me think about how writing a fantasy world was like that. You have to have a good set-up, introduce the characters and the world in a way that a reader would understand.
2. Sometimes, it takes a lot of rewrites on not just your draft but your outline before you finally get a story you want to work with.
3. And in spite of working on your outline over and over, sometimes, when you write, your characters would still surprise you. Some scenes won’t make it in, and new, unexpected ones would.
4. It’s okay if you don’t meet your self-imposed deadline. It’s okay if life/school gets in the way. One day, you’ll finish your work. You’ll get to the end of what you’ve started.
What distracted me this month while writing:
School and books were the major distractions. My timetable got moved up and I realized how much time I didn’t have, so. 😦
Goal for next month:
This is really a low goal, (considering I was hoping to get this WIP finished in May) but I would be happy to write between 5-10K next month. I’m aiming for two days I can take a breather and do a #10Kin2days marathon. If I achieve more than this, I would really be happy!
Last 200 words:
So this is really out-of-context and isn’t yet edited, so…
“Your mother’s ready?”
“And Niteo?” Numen, why was she even asking about him?
She got up now, and Albina led the way out of the room and down the same passage they’d taken last night.
“He refused to tell me what was wrong, but I peeped into his washroom. Seems like he vomited.”
“Yes, he’s sick. It’s good that he goes home.” The last thing he needed was to be sick and accused of murder. All for her sake. No, it wasn’t fair. She only needed to not be selfish, to see it from his own point of view. Not that she could see it, but thinking it could make it happen.
“But that’s not why he’s angry though, right?” Albina asked. They’d turned into a narrower and darker passage now, as a fleeting zephyr of the morning cold passed over them. The passage opened into a wooden flight of stairs.
“No. It isn’t.” But she couldn’t bring herself to say what she had done. How could one say such a thing?
“There’s something you’re not telling me, Pladdia. You both had a fall-out over what?”
“It doesn’t matter. It’s past. And he’s going home.”
No, it didn’t matter. Albina—everyone—would find out when they came for her, as they would, anyway.
How did April go for everyone? Who achieved their goals? I can’t wait to read what we were all up to! ❤