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.
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.
Continue reading “The Yarn: Section 3”
Here’s the second 1500 words (… 1650. I did my best, I swear!). The first 1500 can be found here, and the outline for this section is here. Careful readers will note that I shifted some things from the end of section 1 to the beginning of section 2. I’m still not convinced that this section works as well as I want it to, but it sure was fun to write.
Here’s the first 1500 words as suggested by Lester Dent. It’s more like 1600 words, but that’s better than draft one’s 3000 words. So where did the last 1000 go? I tried to cut things down word-by-word (superfluous “that”s, “she said”s that were explained by the text), but even I’m not that purple. Continue reading “The Yarn: Section 1”
And here comes two! I didn’t actually write this section in November, but it looks like it was the first I tackled in December (the whole two months kind of flew by in a blur). This is not my first time writing Vilnius, however, it’s my first time getting inside his head. I may have mentioned during that first section (it was while the party raged on) that I was quite proud of my characterization of Vilnius when he tried to convert Charlotte. In this section, I smiled at a handful of Vilnius moments, but as James pointed out (either in a note, or perhaps over Skype) my first go round the bend was best so far. There’s a lot of work to be done still here, but I’m quite okay with it. I feel like, by testing Vilnius’ back and forths, I probably learned more than if I had just “got it”. And the guy managed to surprise me: he’s super clever, but he ain’t no Xanatos. He’s got plans, but he doesn’t see it all coming. What he does know, however, is how to roll with it…
So…it’s been awhile. This section was actually written months ago, but through the end of one Gregorian calendar year into a huge life decision, I’m only getting it up now. I wrote this all during NaNoWriMo, so if you’ve read my reflection article you’ve already heard me talk about my experience during the month, and now here’s a taste of the stuff I created (I have a second section to be posted as well, which will go live in one week). Continue reading “CC.001–3.L.2 | We begin… (feat. a BONUS Experience)”
This was one of the sections I wrote, in its entirety, during my PLAY 002: NaNoWriMo 2016. It came—surprisingly fast. Just flew right out of me. Forcing myself to write 1667 words (minimum) a day definitely helped, but it was interesting to compare my speed at completing sections before, and then during, NaNoWriMo. Continue reading “CC.004–5.L.2 | The Charismatic Augusto—Love Him Before He’s Gone!”
“How does one get onto a boat!?”
“You step onto it.”
“F%^& you, James…”
In this section, I was tasked with getting our heroes into the City, but instead of a secret passage as we originally conceived, we decided getting in by boat was a better idea.
I think, so far, this is my favourite Lucinda memory (the one at the end of this section). Moments like that are why I want to be a writer. Oh, the big set pieces, those are great, action and adventure and what not, but the image in my head of Charlotte sitting on the ground, remembering Lucinda and whispering along to her childhood self—those “small” moments mean so much more to me. Everything else is just context to make those, so it’s really exciting to have one in this section and feel like I pulled it off.
As you’ll see in the notes, we had conversations about the concept of “chaos” as it pertains to what’s going on here. I started writing with one idea in mind, and never felt quite comfortable with it (i.e. I didn’t quite capture what I was going for properly); James, on the other hand, had a different image of chaos entirely. In rewrites we’ll find something in-between, and that’s the place Charlotte will run through in search of a symbol. Continue reading “CC.010–012.L.2 | Chaos at the Summit”
This was my first attempt at writing in Blue’s voice, and if I do say so myself, I think I completely missed the target (so completely I hit the bulls-eye three targets over). It’s also the first time I’ve ever tried to write a character that someone else first established. It was an interesting experience, and one that showed me I need a better process to internalize an external voice. After talking with James about it, I realized I needed to go back through the sections he wrote, paying close attention to Blue’s voice, to learn the nuances of it and how he speaks.
This whole section was intended mostly as a gag, i.e. Blue steals a pie, but as per my style, that wasn’t enough for me. I needed a deeper purpose, so that’s why I found Charlotte dealing with an internal struggle about she and her companions acting like thieves. We’ll see if it remains in the final cut, but it showed me something more about my writing process and need. Continue reading “CC.029.L.2 | Blue Steals A Pie”