TOTAL WORDS: 35,319
REASON FOR STOPPING: Beat weekly word count, but chapter not quite done
WORDS FOR THE WEEK: 3387
I began this week with the chapter planned in my mind and a notation of “the meeting,” to remind me of what the chapter is going to consist of. But when I sat down to start it, I realized I needed to explain how the people involved in this meeting got to be there, which required another what I thought to be short chapter. This “short” chapter has now passed three thousand words, and while there isn’t too much left to say in it, it’s not done yet. Once this chapter’s done, it’ll finally be on to that meeting.
Funny how a story will do that to you: when the characters cry out and say “how did we get here? Please tell us.”
Also, 70% of the way there!
Now for some words in progress . . .
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Meaning a team is only as strong as its weakest person. No matter how many ideal candidates you have, that one who fails in some way will be our undoing. It is with my complete support that I present to you nine members of the governing board that I believe are essential to our survival.”
Today was a pretty successful day for getting words on the page and a decent amount of writing done. As I mentioned in the previous Wyrd update, it’s been a while since I was working on a novel-length project, and I’d forgotten about the drawing, pulling, gravitational feeling it has over me. When I’m not working on it, writing it, I have this feeling in me that I should be, as my characters impatiently wait on the page for their next moves and actions.
Ended up completing all of Chapter One today, which is an excellent goal achieved, with 15 pages done and 3,324 words written. I really like how the chapter turned out also. After meeting with my writing group and discussing the original manuscript and what I hoped to accomplish in the new draft, it seems to be falling into place. I was somewhat worried I’d just regurgitate the same original draft, but no, this is quite different, with new and interesting character elements that just revealed themselves without my incessant prompting. That tells me my characters are alive and well! Now I know how Dr. Frankenstein felt, hehe.
I look forward to moving onto the next chapter tomorrow. And now for a little of this work in progress:
Artorus smiled, always delighted at the way Yric took to learning, enveloping himself in it, using the new and strange words, and asking questions when he didn’t know something. He reminded Artorus a lot of himself during his classes back in Byzantium.