November 29, 2014 by Ifeoma Dennis
Another month bites the dust *sigh*
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
69 277 words with minor edits on my first chapter
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
My word count did the unimaginable! It went down drastically to 45k-ish. I summoned the strength to delete the parts that was just clogging up space that I didn’t need. And I fear I still have to delete more. (Everytime we go one step forward, we take five back, right? I know)
WIP Issues This Month:
Can I write a book as good as Harry Potter? I keep thinking there’s something missing from my plot, but I still can’t put my hands on it. Crossing fingers December would be the month I’ll find out what that is.
Four things I learned this month while writing:
- The best clues are those that are obvious, but the writer fixes a distraction to the reader that our attention is diverted. Case in point, when Voldemort decides to kill Snape to obtain full control over the elder wand, but somehow forgets to finish him off. Harry Potter helps Snape die, making Harry Potter the owner of the elder wand, but this is not obvious to us because we are diverted by Snape’s memories with Lily Potter..
- When I lose inspiration, all it takes to bring it back is a good book or movie! So I should invest in those more, once I have more time on my hands.
- I shouldn’t be obsessed with my word count more than I am with the quality of my story. I’ve been holding on to my WC for so long, just because it gave me a false feeling of security. It’s better to get those extraneous parts out of the way and write a better story.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Adapting (including to the cold!).
Goal for next month:
Fix my plot once and for all, so I can get back to writing. Crossing fingers the muses would be co-operative!
Last 200 words:
Can I take a rain check, please?
How did you conquer November?!