May 31, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Whew! We’re almost halfway through the year. And my novel is yet to be finished. *sigh*
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
48 128 words and almost done with the 19th chapter.
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
58 088 words and 22 chapters completed. Also done with my second act! Just two more to go now
WIP Issues This Month:
A few days back, I did find out the motivation of my main supporting character was not very convincing, and decided to change it. But this means quite a couple of the major conversations in the second act need to be rewritten. Ugh.
Four things I learned this month while writing:
I really didn’t browse through writing blogs this month, but here are a few things I learned from writing my few thousand words this month.
1. There are so many rules of writing and check lists for good fiction out there. Don’t work yourself up over following everything in detail that you lose your freedom to create. Funny thing is once you start writing, the pieces would fall in place, and you’ll end up not breaking those rules.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask yourself questions you think a reader won’t ask. I kept trying to convince myself my supporting character’s motives were good enough, but when I gave ear to the pressing voice within, I admitted it wasn’t. So now, I’m back to re-plotting some of his scenes.
3. Sometimes, a movie helps with recharging writerly fuels. I watched some episodes of Once Upon A Time one of the days I wrote 5k in a day. I was so pumped up!
4. Time is on our side. One day, the things we started would be completed, and in good time.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Books and life issues. I had some anxiety problems as well too, which made me binge out on Netflix to feel good, instead of writing.
Goal for next month:
I achieved my 5K-10k goal last month. It’s my goal for June too! I’ll be traveling and wouldn’t have much a time to pull this off but I’ll try to sneak in writing when I could.
Last 200 words:
So many spoilers abound, so taking an otherwise-ordinary excerpt from the earliest chapter I wrote this month. It’s very out of context and still hasn’t been edited!
Pladdia blew out air into the night. “I’ve told you. I have no idea.” Her energy was past arguing or providing answers.
“Fine. I would be going home,” said Niteo, and Pladdia raised her head to catch his face.
“I will be going home,” he repeated.
“You will be safe here, and you can borrow a flare from them. Or you can take mine. I need to attend to my body anyway.”
“Fine.” Her heart was too numb to think, to be…broken.
How did everyone else’s month go? Can’t wait to be inspired by all your stories!