Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 1:
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Section: CC.017 (again), CC.031 (correction)
Time Spent Writing: 2 hours
Number of Words: 2,118
I arrived in Wiarton around 12:30PM, providing the Secret Geek Signal to gain access to The Cottage (aka James’ home). I was instantly at ease amid the LEGO, lightsabres, and copious books. I offered James a hearty hello, and we sat and chatted, as two old friends do.
Being “Travel, Part 2” day, I knew we wouldn’t be able to accomplish copious amounts; but there would be time to start. And start we did! After warming our insides with tea, James dusted off his writing desk and we got down to business.
I set an alarm for two hours, the minimum I wanted to commit to the day, and set to work. I had already picked out the section I would start with—my attempt at the knitting trees. It’s a short section, been written once before, only two characters, and a very clean focus on what it’s trying to do (I managed to miss an old note to my future/current self, however, so there’s more still to do; but it will waste for the Great Puzzling, when all the pieces are put together).
That took an hour, so afterwards, I tackled “fixing” a previous section I was having trouble with. One does not simply “get onto a boat” and, it turns out, one does not simply walk through a door (albeit even a big giant one). I realized awhile back that there’d be a crowd outside the gates that would provide the necessary cover our heroes needed to sneak onto Vilnius’ retinue, so I removed an erroneous tree and replaced it with city folk (it works much better). Afterwards, two hours were up! (And it was time to grocery shop and make a character sheet for the evening’s Starfinder session.)
Reflecting afterwards, James and I agreed on one very important point: we’re back in it. We’ve been gone from Charlotte’s world for sometime, but with just a couple hours dedicated to the cause, already we both felt back there with her, Raul, and good old Blue. A great place to chase the first draft finish line!
I consider today a success, for:
- Getting back in it;
- Successfully writing a (solid!) chunk from a soft start to the day.
I look forward to what tomorrow shall bring!