August 30, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Our lucky 7th wipmarathon report! Whew! Doesn’t time just fly by?
Can I say this also reminds me that I’ve been working on my novel for at least the past seven months (in reality, it’s getting to two years now) and still not close to finishing. Which is fun.
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
65 680 words and still working on my first chapter.
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
67 102 words and done with my new first chapter. Not much, but I am so glad I am done with that chapter! At least, *coughs* for now.
WIP Issues This Month:
My number one problem this month was figuring out my ending to write my beginning. Not sure it makes sense but I wanted my climax to be something my heroine has to deal with by her own powers, and I had to show those powers from the beginning. I love Cassandra Clare’s books as everyone knows, and I like how most times, her climax has to do with a tiny ignored power of the protagonist. I know this strategy of hers, but it never ceases to surprise me when it happens!
So I was in a stalemate with my WIP for more than two-third of the month, due to lack of ideas of how to deal with said climax. Or lack of trying.
The other issue I had this month was feeling my WIP was derivative and unoriginal…*multiple headdesk*
Four things I learned this month while writing:
- Most WIP problems can be solved by just devoting some time to brain storming. Problem is, are you willing to devote that time?
- About brainstorming, when all has failed, try brainstorming out loud. Thanks, Mandy, for the tip!
- When you lack inspiration, try a trip to Barnes and Noble!
- Almost everything is derivative, I guess, (or maybe I’m just trying to console myself but I read TV tropes sometimes and I go all GAHHH, YOU’RE TELLING ME EVEN THIS IS A TROPE?) so what you have to do is figure out what parts your novel is derivative and try to change them. Your novel might end up being derivative of something else again, but you rinse and repeat until you feel it’s original enough. Or until you read another TV trope or novel that sounds like yours. *headdesk*
- Bonus tip: I knew this already but it bears repeating, no heroes are going to fall out of Marvel Comics to write your WIP for you.
What distracted me this month while writing:
I’ve been settling into Chicago and making new friends and what with all the scary stories I hear about this being the beautiful summer time when all the fun things are happening and how the winter is dreary, there are just so many things to do and see when I’m not studying. For related reasons, I’ve not also been on social media as I wanted too, and I have a lot of blog posts to catch up and read, and even my own blog comments to reply…which is really pathetic. My dear wipmarathon friends, please forgive me for that.
Goal for next month:
I’m preparing for exams…yes, yes, I’ve been saying this for a long time, but this time I will soon set a date, so I will be studying when I’m not doing my rotations which means I’ll keep my goal for next month to 3K. Low, but in my current state of mind, it seems like a mountain to me.
Also, I have a goal to cut down on social engagements next month. Not because I don’t like my new friends (I really do!), but because of said exams. I mean, I’ll still have something social to do once or twice a week (because it’s Chicago and nice friends are nice!), but I’ll try to keep the hours short.
Last 200 words:
It’s spoiler territory, so I don’t know…okay, here are my very last few tens of words from chapter one. Also, I don’t really know if this chapter is working, and if the backstory hinted on is necessary, but I don’t want to bother my CPs until I finish my novel since I change previous scenes a lot as I write.
“I can’t see how he has anything to do with it. Except he destroyed his own people, which he didn’t.” Then she wanted to bite her tongue because she just admitted off-handedly she knew about him, which also meant she just admitted she knew about all the evil he perpetuated before he died.
“He destroyed his own people. But that is a story for another day. But you have to be careful, Pladdia. If you have nothing to do with this disease destroying my people, as I believe you do not, then whoever has something to do with it is very upset with you for healing us, and they will be coming for you.”
Pladdia wanted to wave it off as plain paranoia but somehow, this warning made her very much afraid.
How did everyone did this month? I’ve been catching snippets of amazingness and high word counts on Twitter!
P.S: I wouldn’t mind said amazingness and high word counts transferred to me! 😉