Daily Writing Check-in: May 15, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour, 13 minutes finishing the new outline of “Vin”.

Now that I have finished the new outline, I have decided that this needs a re-write, rather than revision. It will flow a lot better that way, considering how many new scenes there will be, as well as how many scenes I cut and scenes that would have needed revision…I think in the end, one scene from the original draft would have been left alone completely. And the opening. I still love the opening.

I will probably start with the opening and re-draft from there. And when I get to the other scene that doesn’t need changing, I’ll skip it. It’s fairly set apart from the rest, so it’ll be easy.

There is also a series of letters from the protagonist to the…I guess he’s technically the antagonist, that I don’t necessarily plan to rewrite. We’ll see how I feel as I go though. I do plan to add actual scenes to bolster the letters though.

So that finishes #4 on my list of long-term writing goals. Tomorrow, I will start on the 5th and final goal on this list.

1. Outline “Outcast” – Time spent: 12 days

2. Outline “Unexpectedly” – Time spent: 7 days

3. Re-outline “The Seeger Book” – Time spent: 26 days

4. Re-outline “Vin” – Time spent: 16 days

5. Re-outline “Protector” – I originally anticipated this needing the least amount of work of everything on this list, but after seeing how little time I spent on 1 & 2, that may not be the case. Plus, I’m a little concerned about how difficult it’s going to be to make the decisions about what can stay and what needs to go. I wrote this for last year’s NaNoWriMo, and it started out as a pure romance, just something fluffy to get me back into writing, since I’d been absent from it (minus NaNoWriMo months) for a few years. But by the end, it had turned into something much more important. However, for it to take its place amongst the other Pithea books, it needs a focus change, because the first half is not driving it toward the 2nd half well enough. So I will re-outline the entire thing with this new plan in mind.

I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I started this list of goals. I really love what this story turned into. I just don’t know how I’m going to separate the original vision of the book from the true vision.

Writing Wednesday: Prompt

WW Prompt

I’ll try to be brief in my explanation, but I’m pretty terrible at brief (today’s prompt is near the bottom if “brief” is just too long). In the past, I have really enjoyed the times that I am able to do more than just post my daily writing check-ins. With 15 years of writing experience, I’m no professional, but I know I have advice to offer. I do have some new ideas for a couple of posts in my old “Write Every Day” series of posts, but I’d like to do something regular, and those posts have never really been regular (plus it’s been almost 4 years since I last posted one).

I’m starting this series of posts on Wednesdays that I will call “Writing Wednesday.” I will post something that might help others in their pursuit of writing. Now and then, this will be a post with some sort of thoughts or advice about writing. Most often, the post will simply be some kind of prompt.

Recently I have remembered how fun and helpful it can be to do some writing practice on a semi-regular basis, no matter what stage of working on a book/story/whatever I might be on. Writing practice for me usually entails starting with some kind of prompt and writing anywhere from 50 to 500 words (or more if I’m really into it) based on it. Whether the writing is directly related to the prompt, or just inspired by it, the trick is just to see what comes out.

I really enjoy doing this as often as I can, especially when I’m waist-deep in revision, but it’s really helpful any time I’m not actively writing, and instead am working on another stage of writing. Thus, I want to share prompts that have inspired me, or some of my own.

These might be single-word prompts, phrases, sentences, questions, word lists, or even visual prompts (or whatever else I may come up with). You can write from your own perspective, from the perspective of a character in a story of yours, or make up something completely unrelated to anything you’ve created. There may be specific directions that go with the prompt, to draw out the ideas, but you can always dismiss those and just go with whatever the prompt inspires. There are no rules in writing practice.

I’ll start with a prompt that has become a classic to me, one that inspired a scene I loved. Here’s the first Writing Wednesday Prompt:

You encounter an omnipotent being who says they will answer any one question.

If you write something from this prompt that you want to share, by all means let me know! And if you have any favorite prompts (or prompt collections) of your own, feel free to share!