Words/Time: 2121 words, most of which was revising “Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 57th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through 5 pages of double-spaced text. There was less off-topic discussion tonight than we’ve had for a while now. But we came across more areas than usual that hung us up because we couldn’t come to agreements on how to fix them. More than one of them ended in the, “I’m the author so I’m just going to pull rank,” line. I don’t like doing that, because I’m sure it makes them feel like I’m dismissing their concerns. But when the concern isn’t a mistake but more of a difference of opinion, sometimes “pulling rank” is the only way to move on.
The rest of the words were from some writing practice I did. I’ve been trying to do a prompt every few days, partly because I’m still generating ideas to fill out the plot for my NaNoNovel, and partly to be in the groove of actual writing (instead of revising) before November comes. The prompt I pulled wasn’t one that I connected with, but I refused to let myself pass on it. I’ve been trying to stretch topics and themes that I can or will write about, so I’ve done some writing practice that was awkward or fell flat lately. This one, though, turned out rather interesting to me. So I’m going to do something I rarely do, and share what I wrote.
Keep in mind that this is raw (unedited) and I wrote it quickly without any forethought or pausing to think through where I wanted to go. The prompt came from 1000 Awesome Writing Prompts.
Prompt: Staging a fake kidnapping to get money out of your rich parents
Words/Time: 155 words and 30 minutes, the latter of which was spent adding revisions for “Pithea” that were made on paper into the computer.
The words were a short introduction I wrote for the main character of my NaNoNovel. Just a few minutes ago, when I went to put my novel into the newly relaunched NaNo site, I decided to title it “Too Many Irons in the Fire.” I’m not sure I’ll keep it, because it’s a little long, but for now, I like it. Maybe just “Too Many Irons” would be better? It implies the same expression but is more succinct. Any thoughts?
Words/Time: 2770 words revising “Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 56th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through just over 9 pages of double-spaced text. There was a lot of off-topic discussion tonight, probably about an hour and a half. There is often at least some off-topic discussion during our meetings, and I don’t normally quantify it, but it was a lot tonight, and not all at the beginning like usually when it’s a lot. There were also some characterization issues, and some problems with logistics related to relative location of characters during a long walk. They’re mostly sorted.
Words/Time: 1747 words, most of which was revising “Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 56th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through 5 pages of double-spaced text. We had to move the meeting to a different day this week, and thus had to also cut it short. We spent the first hour discussing ideas I’ve had over the last week in regards to a big change for the world in which the book is set before moving on to normal revision.
About 500 words were writing practice I did early this morning (like, before I went to sleep early). I used some writing prompts from a book in a continuing pursuit to drum up a new idea for NaNoWriMo this year.
Words/Time: 30 minutes, adding revisions for “Pithea” that were made on paper into the computer. I really wanted to do more today, and maybe I still will before I go to bed. Unfortunately, it was like slogging through a lake just to get to my writing time today. And then, because of the rough, “feeling like a terrible mom because I can’t control my 5-year-old” evening, it was just as difficult trying to focus my brain on actual writing work. So since this week’s TCSTB meeting was moved to tomorrow night (it’s usually on Tues nights) and I had more revisions I hadn’t put online yet, I decided it was a good night for a more mindless task.
Words/Time: 2134 words revising “Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 55th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through just over 7 pages of double-spaced text. We had to stop about an hour early tonight, so a shorter amount was expected. We took some time discussing how to come up with terminology for this fictional world. I’ve been trying for a few years now to find a replacement for words like “spell” and “cast” in regards to the Power, which is a magic-like element, but I don’t want to simply use magic-related words. So we do have a few ideas, but the final decision has been put off so we could move on to more revision.
Words/Time: 2825 words revising “Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 54th meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through 7 1/2 pages of double-spaced text. We started almost an hour late again, but at least we managed to get a higher amount done this week. And now I have to come up with a description for a fictional animal that Missy has encountered. I dislike that part of writing speculative fiction.
Words/Time: 1621 words revising “Pithea” with two of my sisters over Skype. Also known as the 53rd meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through 5 1/2 pages of double-spaced text. We started almost an hour late again, and this was the first time in a while we’ve done this little. There’s a lot going on in the lives of the people in the group, though, and sometimes it comes to the surface before we can get going.
Words/Time: 40 minutes, revising “Pithea.” I’ve been comparing a scene from this book with one in “Pursuit of Power,” in which the two storylines converge for a little bit. I wrote the scene two different ways, from sort of two different perspectives, and I’ve been going through them both to pick the best parts and make one single scene from that. I am almost completely done with this task, after which I’ll finally be going back to normal revising.
Words/Time: 25 minutes, revising “Pithea.” I rewrote the couple of paragraphs that I mentioned in the last TCSTB post, condensing the info, and hopefully making it clearer to the reader. I’ll know for sure at the next meeting.