June 28, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Major spoiler ahead: this was my worst month writing wise. The very worst!
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
58 088 words and 22 chapters completed
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
64 576 words and still working on my 24th chapter. So that’s roughly 6500 words written this month.
WIP Issues This Month:
I had to redefine my supporting character’s motives and kind of turned him from the bad boy he was meant to be, to someone with better intentions.
This meant I had to rewrite some scenes, and create better foreshadowing.
Secondly, I realized I had to rewrite my first chapter for the zillionth time, so I could further simplify my plot, or more specifically, my main character’s gifts.
Four things I learned this month while writing:
1. I read City of Ashes, the third book in the Mortal Instruments and although it isn’t the end of the series, it is the conclusion to one villain, at least. And one thing was clear when I was reading it, Cassandra Clare follows this rule to the hilt (she did the same for her Infernal Devices). I should too, because it makes the climax a lot more fulfilling when done well.
2. A good book inspires you to write. I should make more time in my life for good books.Traveling also inspires you to write. But then, it also gets you exhausted.
3. Your characters’ motivations might change. It is possible. A villain might be better playing hero, and vice versa. You just have to do what suits your story best.
4. You learn while writing. No amount of outlining would make your story perfect when you get down to it. I have a massive outline and yet I’m still rewriting. I used to think something was wrong with me, but then I read this Rae Carson tweet and knew that I wasn’t alone.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Vacation, vacation, vacation! I went to London, and saw some beautiful places,including Wimbledon and Windsor Castle! I also went to Nigeria to see my family, so it was a whirlwind of a month but one that was all-round fulfilling. Only thing is I’m still have post-vacation blues two days into coming back, and it’s really difficult getting back into the rhythm I need for this island.
Goal for next month:
Another 5k-10k. I figure if I keep up with this pace, I might be finished with this WIP by the end of the year.
Last 200 words:
Pladdia had lunch with Niteo, who had bags under his eyes as if he hadn’t slept for a long while, and Kyara, who looked flawlessly beautiful in spite of her disheveled hair. They both sat across the glassy table from her, picking at their food as if they were only eating because they had to eat. That was the way she felt, at least.
She admired their self-control though, not bothering her with questions.
“Mind if I open the windows?” Niteo asked them both, although he didn’t wait for an answer before striding over to the cloud-dusted twin windows. “Looks all dreary in here.”
The dining room did indeed look dreary, and the deep-blue, frost-free glass that carved the twenty-four dining chairs didn’t help matters. A sole light floated in circles above them, but its blue light was dim, just like Pladdia’s mood.
“What happened to you? Where did you go to?” Kyara asked at last. “We thought you went back to Albina’s House, but we couldn’t find you anywhere.”
“Lost my way,” Pladdia said. Telling the same lie the second time came more easily. “Tripped on the moonlight tracks and they swallowed me into tumbling darkness. Ended up here. Not that I was conscious of anything in there.” So please, don’t ask me any more questions.
I know some of us made major progress and I can’t wait to be inspired by everyone!