February 28, 2015 by Ifeoma Dennis
Apparently, saying a month flew by doesn’t stop the next one from even spinning faster! So here we are and I still can’t tell where February went. o.O
Thankfully, from the look of news on the Twitterverse, I can tell that other wipmarathoners handled February exceptionally well! The trailer for Suzanne’s I Heart Robot was released yesterday! (and it’s awesome!) and Emma’s Adamant is going to be out next month!
Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count:
45 121 words
Current report WC + CC/ SC:
Mainly plotting. Umh…read below for more info on that *insert crooked-mouth smiley*
WIP Issues This Month:
I tried writing three or four times the first week of February when I was in St. Vincent and had some little time on my hands (also, thanks to being inspired by Dark Places). However, each time I tried writing, I felt like I was trying to conceal a problem with gloss instead of breaking it down from the scratch and fixing the root cause. So I sort of knew I would have to rewrite my WIP from the beginning, although it was so hard accepting. But I’ve been through this before, not just with my WIP but with my studies, for example. But the umpteenth time always works. And I have no doubt this will work. I love this story, and I want it to be the best I can give. If something doesn’t feel right, it just doesn’t. So better to fix it than hope to gloss it over.
Of course, right now, I can’t start writing anything because I have exams next month, and probably two more before September, and my brain is sadly not that compartmentalized, so all I’m doing right now is plotting, taking it one scene, one chapter at a time.
Four things I learned this month while writing:
- I’m not sure there can ever be a thing like too much twists. Especially at the climax. Dark Places was really gorgeous. I guessed half of the end at some point into the novel, and then the twist of events made me change my mind, and when I got to the climax, I was mind-blown. I want to write a novel like that. It’s just it takes a lot of thinking. Because you have to stay one step ahead of the reader, and most readers are smart.
- Writing a story with many characters with their different POVs is possible and can be done without confusing the reader. It is something I’m considering in my next re-write. If I should stick with just my protagonist’s POV? Or feature other characters. Right now, I’m just plotting from Pladdia’s POV. I’ll see how it goes. Yes, yes, yes, I really did love Dark Places!
What distracted me this month while writing:
The usual. Studying. My rotations. The internet. Still baffled the photoreceptors in my retina somehow can’t make out the blue and black colors in that dress.
Goal for next month:
Taking my exam next month, so doubt I’ll do a lot of writing, except for the last week but yes, I would love to complete the first and second parts of my modified plot.
How did everyone do in February?!