Daily Writing Check-in: May 23, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour, 23 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.

I continued reading the first draft, making a few small changes along the way. I’m on page 78 out of 172 of this read-through. After several short days of work, today felt great. I was a little slowed down by having to move scenes around in my draft, to match how I had ordered the scenes in Scrivener. And I actually changed them there a bit too, to structure a few scenes better. I am really enjoying how this is shaping up, even knowing that I’ll have some big decisions ahead of me about which scenes need cut to accommodate the change from a pure romance to something much more than that. But I’m enjoying it for now.

Daily Writing Check-in: May 22, 2019

Words/Time:  15 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.

I continued reading the first draft, making a few small changes along the way. I’m on page 61 out of 172 of this read-through. I cut today even shorter than yesterday. I was gone most of the day today, and I am just completely dead. I probably should have just skipped today, but I’ll be gone a lot of tomorrow too, so skipping a few days in a row when I’ve done so well this month wasn’t preferable.

Daily Writing Check-in: May 21, 2019

Words/Time:  26 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.

I continued reading the first draft, making a few small changes along the way. I’m on page 57 out of 172 of this read-through. I cut today short because I have to get up early tomorrow and am very tired from today too. I’ll be gone all day tomorrow and don’t know for sure what time I’ll get home, but I’m hoping I’ll at least have enough time and energy to do a little work. We’ll see.

Daily Writing Check-in: May 20, 2019

Words/Time:  51 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.

I continued reading the first draft, making a few small changes along the way. I’m on page 50 out of 172 of this read-through. I also spent some time rethinking where some of the locations in the story will actually be in relation to the main country. I like my new plans, but they may yet change again.

Daily Writing Check-in: May 19, 2019

Words/Time:  20 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.

I was gone until midnight yesterday, on a full-day road trip for work. It was my birthday too, but I got to go on this road trip with my sister, niece, and daughter, and it was fun, so all in all, a good day.

I was gone until late tonight too, but made sure to get a little work in before bed. At least all I had to do was keep reading the 1st draft of “Protector.”

Daily Writing Check-in: May 17, 2019

Words/Time:  35 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.

Today was the first time this month that I thought about not doing any work. I have to get up early tomorrow for an all-day road trip for work. But I remembered that all I had to do to get some writing work in was read, and that I might not have time at all to work on it tomorrow, so I went ahead and got my planned daily minimum, plus apparently 5 extra minutes.

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Daily Writing Check-in: May 16, 2019

Words/Time:  25 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.

Compared to how the rest of this month went, today was a very short day. I didn’t get to my writing time until 11 pm, so even though I was enjoying today’s work, it just had to be a short day.

I’m starting this task the same way I did the last 2 on my list of writing goals–reading the first draft so that it’s fresh in my mind. This one is already the freshest, since I wrote it during NaNoWriMo last year. Add to that the fact that I’ve read different parts of it here and there in the time since then, and it’s the freshest in my mind of all of the stories I’ve worked with this year. However, I know there are plenty of scenes that I hadn’t planned in advance that I will need a reminder on, so I might as well read it all the way through.

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.

Daily Writing Check-in: May 14, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour, 5 minutes working on the new outline of “Vin”.

I had already put the broad outline into Scrivener from the first draft, so I’m starting with that. Some of it can definitely be kept (not necessarily the writing, but the plot), and some of it is being moved to the end and marked as “cut.” I want to wait until I have solidified the outline before I delete those.

I’m also adding in the new direction the story takes after the first act, which is where I left off today.

I haven’t completely decided yet if I will completely rewrite this story, or keep and revise the scenes that are being kept and just rewrite all of the new stuff. I’ve always struggled with rewriting, because I’m too inclined to try to write it the same way it had originally been written. But I think it’ll be more complicated to just try to make the scenes that I’m keeping flow into the new stuff. So…decisions.

Daily Writing Check-in: May 13, 2019

Words/Time:  1 hour doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Vin”.

I finished the character interview with Naolin, and let me just say…wow. I can’t say that this, or any other character interview I’ve done, was 100% helpful, or that something that came out during it won’t be changed later. It’s not a perfect method of solidifying plot. But my goodness, did a huge idea come out of these last couple of pages of conversation. At least, it was a huge idea to me. It’s probably one of those things that future readers will just pass right over, but of course they won’t know what the plan was before I changed it to this. Anyway…I’m rambling a bit because I’m pretty excited. Today was a minor “Aha!” moment, but I’ll take it!

I’m ready to get to the actual outlining! Whether or not I’ll need to stop and do more brainstorming or character interviews along the way, I can’t say, but I’m looking forward to starting on the new outline tomorrow.