September 27, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Seriously guys, our wipmarathon reports is about the only thing keeping me writing at this tumultuous(?) period of my life. So thanks everyone for being there! ❤
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
67 102 words and done with my first chapter (or so I thought).
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
69 068 words and done with my new first chapter. (sorry, I know you’re sick of hearing this). Okay, my wordcount would be a couple thousands lower once I move all the previous versions of my chapter one I have, but for this report, I’m keeping it because it makes me feel a tad accomplished inside.
WIP Issues This Month:
Same issue with last month, which was reinforced after I saw Guardians of the Galaxy. Will explain below.
Four things I learned this month while writing:
Thanks to all the knowledge I’ve gained so far from reading so many blogs, I watch movies with a discerning eye these days. So when I was watching Guardians of the Galaxy and it starts off with the main guy dancing to 80s music on his player on a strange planet, I kept wondering how that would factor in at the end. I knew it would, because good movies/books always end where they started, so I kept watching to see how. And when I did see how, it was so well-done!
It taught me that it didn’t have to be some extraordinary power/gift of the protagonist that could be used at the end, but something else. It could be a possession, their history, anything basically that they could use to their advantage to defeat the villain. I don’t know why it never occurred to me, but this knowledge gave me a whole lot of flexibility with planning my ending, which I must add, I might not even get to write this year. But I like to plan ahead, and it gives me confidence when writing other scenes.
That, to be honest, was the only writing lesson I learned this month. It seemed like a lot though, because it opened this great window into the brain-room of my writing.
What distracted me this month while writing:
I would really love to think of a lot of excuses, but I just didn’t have the inspiration to. First of all, this month started off a bit rough, then it went on to being good, then it went back to being stressful again. I’ll be traveling to Atlanta soon for some rotations, and have I mentioned how I hate apartment hunting? Especially when you’re on a budget like me, and still picky…and student housing available to American students are not available to you because you’re a visiting, international student.
A non-writing lesson I learned this month: I would love to be very rich. But so does everyone, I guess.
Goal for next month:
If all goes well, I’ll be in Atlanta by next month’s wipmarathon, and I really don’t know how much writing I can get done what with moving again and settling into a new place, but I would take it chapter-wise now. So my little goal is to write and finish chapter two next month.
Last 200 words:
It’s the last 200 words, just before the last sentence. I just wrote it tonight, so I didn’t proof-read it or anything.
“And who would the Conservators blame for the stupidity of our people?” Pladdia’s step-father made a tsk-tsk sound. “The one who controls their blood.”
Her mother shook her head. “No, they would blame the one whose breath keeps the city pulsing. Stupid breath, stupid city.”
He smiled, and Pladdia couldn’t help copying him too. It was always that way with her mother and stepfather. They loved each other, but none of them was ready to admit that one was more important to the city than the other. Or that they were important in equal proportions.
“I see no correlation between my breath and the— ”
“Okay, okay,” Pladdia cut in now. “Let me find out what’s wrong with our neighbors.” Cold had returned, and her body was in its natural habitat again. Her Sphere would work now.
She lifted her head, and summoned for her Sphere with her mind. It took a while before she lowered it down. When she spoke, her voice was grave.
How did your month in writing go? Looking forward to catching up with all of us! ❤