PLAY 003 | Day 5: A Daunting Task…Done.

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 5:
Saturday February 17, 2018

Section: CC.043
Time Spent Writing: ~1 hour
Number of Words: 939

As James keeps saying, “I could write more—but I don’t need to!” I understand the sentiment. We have both agreed that the speed at which we have barrelled through our remaining sections this week has kept our usual verbosity when writing prose to a minimum. Which has forced us to get to the point. How will that compare to our early sections when it comes time to Edit? We shall see!

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PLAY 003 | Day 4: “Hey Luke… We just climaxed!”

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 4:
Friday February 16, 2018

Section: CC.038, CC.039
Time Spent Writing: ~4 hours
Number of Words: 2,758

…wow. Did that just happen?

James is shaking, he’s so excited. Together, across two different sections… We just finished writing the first draft climax of Charlotte’s Journey.

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PLAY 003 | Day 3: Three… Two.. One… Jump!

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 3:
Thursday February 15, 2018

Section: CC.035 (additions), CC.036
Time Spent Writing: ~3 hours (maybe? I kind of lost track of time…)
Number of Words: 2,769 (nice!)

Writing is weird. Today, I made four people fight. They had no real choice in the matter, they just had to hit, get hit, and do what I said. (Poor Raul! I owe that guy a beer…)

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PLAY 003 | Day 2: One Lost Egg

Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 2:
Wednesday February 14, 2018

Section: CC.028, CC.035 (all new, baby!)
Time Spent Writing: ~3 hours
Number of Words: 2,735

After successfully sleeping in to 11AM, I awoke to an empty house (save for the cat); James was away to work, and I—after a disastrous attempt to make breakfast (R.I.P. egg I dropped)—set out to accomplish my own tasks!

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PLAY 003 | Day 1: Getting Into It

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. Continue reading “PLAY 003 | Day 1: Getting Into It”

The Joy of a Tale is in the Telling Part II: Magic Beans

During the first ever Adventures in Storytelling Suds and Stories (a real life meetup where community members hang out to enjoy company, beverages, and talking about stories), Amanda described Stephen King as ‘supernaturally talented,’ which is both incredibly apt and an incredible pun.  I can’t give you any proof, but I feel that King’s talent flows from an innate understanding of a simple storytelling truth (a truth that he puts on to the lips of Roland in The Dark Tower series): the joy of a tale is in the telling.

As we explored in Part I, a story is a space where the audience and the author meet and together generate meaning. Stories possess a wonderful quirk that complicates this idea, though. Once a story is told, it continues to exist independent of the person who originally did the telling. That might mean it was codified or recorded in some way, or it may just mean that it lives on in the memory of a person who was listening, but a story becomes an entity unto itself. Continue reading “The Joy of a Tale is in the Telling Part II: Magic Beans”

The Yarn: Section 4

The final section! Interestingly, this is the section where I stuck closest to the original outline, and it’s also the section where I came closest to 1500 words (1482, to be exact). I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think the formula works, you’ve just got to be very dedicated to following it. 

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Master Plot 5 – The Fourth 1500 Words

We’re in the home stretch, folks!1 Here’s the plot for the final 1500 words. I found my way back to the original plot somewhere along the line and this is actually pretty accurate to what’s on the page.

You can read the last section of the story here. Stay tuned2 to the central pillar for my final thoughts and a critique from My Greatest Critic.

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  1. I have no idea what this means.

  2. I have only the vaguest idea of what this means.

The Yarn: Section 3

Now for the third 1500 words! I admit, I thought this was finished and that I had just forgotten to post it, but there was a whole chunk missing that just said “tdk figure this out later”. I guess I just forgot to finish it? MY BAD. If you click through to the master plot for this section, you’ll see just how badly I deviated from it.

Regardless, this section is actually only 1300 words long, even with the bit that I figured out today. So far I’m actually on track for Mr. Dent’s suggested word count, even with the too-long first half.
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Adventures in Terminology: Verisimilitude

I’m going to be honest with you. It’s a bit rich of me to be spewing wisdom like “‘show don’t tell’ is reductive and potentially crappy advice” and “ideation is a key to success” because I have absolutely no formal training in writing whatsoever. Everything I know about stories comes from the other side. I have a lot of training in critical thought, and I’d like to think I’m at least adequate at it.

As a result, I’ve made some assumptions about writing in the past. When I make those assumptions, Luke (who does have formal training as a professional writer) usually manages to say something that surprises me. Often it’s insightful wisdom or highly organized, process-based logic, but he did throw me for a loop once. When I went off on a tangent about whether a character would be able to see mountains from where they were standing in a comment on a section of Charlotte’s Journey, I learned that Luke was largely unfamiliar with verisimilitude. Certainly not the concept itself, but the word. I always sorta figured it was writing 101 stuff, but there you have it. Continue reading “Adventures in Terminology: Verisimilitude”