WiP Wednesday 4/20/14 to 4/26/14 — April 30, 2014

WiP Wednesday 4/20/14 to 4/26/14

Crazy busy week last week, but I did manage to get a little bit of work in.

I wrote and revised and rewrote my query for Woven several times in the last week. (I even got a critique on it by an awesomely nice real-live agent.) That’ll get revised a couple more times in May before I start querying Woven in June.

Character sheets for the superhero short story I’m working on were created this last week. Those are mostly done. I’ll still continue to tweak them and expand them as the days go by. However, I have also started writing the short story. I think you’re going to like these characters, friends. Keep your fingers crossed it gets accepted for the anthology I’m submitting it to.

The short story stands just shy of 850 words right now. The first draft is due at the end of the week. (Deadline I set for myself.) I should make it there piece of cake.

First round of revisions are nearly done on the first superhero novella (hereon referred to as RotWR). I’m rewriting the ending so it’s more action-packed and stuff which is why it’s going a bit slower than it should.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday First In September — September 18, 2013

WiP Wednesday First In September

Yeesh. Sorry for the lack of updates on the rewrite. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

A crazy couple of weeks with zero writing progress. As of this writing (which I’m writing this most recent Sunday), I haven’t written since Labor Day.

On Labor Day, I finished up the first draft of a short story I want to sub, but I’m not sure the sub call is still open. I have to check on that (as of writing this post, not it’s posting, I haven’t). It’s about 5500 words that I still have to revise and title. It’s set 180 or so years before Heirs of the Seven Realms begins and is the story of how the first fairy’s parents met.

I am buckling down this week on the Woven rewrite since I’ll be starting a new job soon and won’t get much writing done during the crazy transition period. New schedules will take some getting used to but I’ll get there and back in the swing of things with writing.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 8/26/13-9/1/13 — September 4, 2013

WiP Wednesday 8/26/13-9/1/13

Oh, progress, you elusive beast.

Admittedly, I could and should have done better this week at writing. I forgot to keep track of my progress in word count and only accounted for one day of my writing. That one day I wrote a mere 536 words. I have no recollection of writing any other day of the week but last Monday. At least not on my rewrite of Woven.

I’m working on a short story and hoping to sub it to an anthology. While I traditionally avoid writing on Sundays, this short story smacked me over the head with a plot and it had to be written down before I lost it entirely. The story’s not finished but it should be finished this week. Then it’s on to revisions.

The story is set in the same world as Woven but it takes place roughly 180 years in the past from the start of Woven. Events that are referenced and have direct consequence on the events of Heirs of the Seven Realms are explored a tiny bit in this short story.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday: 8/12/13-8/19/13 — August 21, 2013

WiP Wednesday: 8/12/13-8/19/13

Wow, what a week it was in the world of my writing. I have really striven with this rewrite to be sure I write as much anew as possible, rather than copying and pasting from the old drafts. That said, this week I reached a point in the story where some important reveals had to happen and I needed the details perfect. Which means I had a couple of large portions to copy-paste from the old manuscriipt.

All this led to a whopping week’s word count of 16,915 words.

It surprised me when I tallied that up.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 8/4/13-8/11/13 — August 14, 2013

WiP Wednesday 8/4/13-8/11/13

As is often the case, the best-laid plans often go awry. My goal this week was to get back on track to my 1K a day goal. And I did.

Until I didn’t.

As of 11 or so Saturday morning, I was fully on track. I had written just over 7200 words. About half an hour later, I’d deleted about 3K of those words.

The story had gone far astray and needed a course correction. Of course I had a plan (as my mom asked me when I told her this). It just went awry.

I’d been trying to play up an element of tension between two characters that ran pretty subtly through the original few drafts. I’m now working to make it more subtle and yet more present now. And that required a wholesale deletion of almost two days’ worth of work.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 7/28/13-8/3/13 — August 7, 2013

WiP Wednesday 7/28/13-8/3/13

Well, this rewrite is coming along swimmingly, much to my surprise.  I’m revamping some aspects of character and one little “surprise you can do this too” element that risked turning my MC into a Mary Sue.

I’ve changed the dynamic of a character interaction/relationship. It’s a lot more adversarial now and I think I like it a bit more.

The flow of reveals, of how and what and when my MC learns some things about her heritage is changing, too. And I think it’s more sensical now than before.

All in all, last week I added 7072 words to the manuscript (after some cuts/reworkings of a previous scene or two.)

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 7/22/13-7/28/13 — July 31, 2013

WiP Wednesday 7/22/13-7/28/13

Well, this rewrite is going swimmingly. Slowly, but swimmingly. Last week, despite houseguest for an extended weekend, I managed to add just over 5500 words to the rewrite.

I’ve changed up an initial relationship a bit. It’s a little more adversarial and I think makes it a little more lively. It also (I hope) helps add to the tension and mystery surrounding this character. (Things which will be revealed over the course of the trilogy.)

I do think this draft is a lot smoother than the previous versions. I’ve moved things around, changed the order of reveals, and just generally improved the pacing of the world-building in this book. Mostly it’s in regards to the fae and their mythology.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 7/14/13-7/20/13 — July 24, 2013

WiP Wednesday 7/14/13-7/20/13

Another work week gone by. And this one was way more productive than the last couple had been.

I’m writing most of the words anew for this version of the book. But I’m finding that where I had a particular description of a setting or person, I can copy-paste it and change anything necessary to making the POV switch. With that added bonus, I added about 5500 words to the manuscript this last week. Maybe half of that was copy-pasted and the rest new. I’m really not certain on the ratio there.

I really do think this version is a lot smoother than the last. There are changes to the pacing of my MC’s gleaning of knowledge that I think make more sense than in the last versions of the book.

Overall, I’m glad I made the choice to rewrite the book, even if it does kill me that I made it so late in the process.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 7/1/13-7/7/13 — July 10, 2013

WiP Wednesday 7/1/13-7/7/13

Time for me to face the music. I only wrote about 1400 words total last week. I have this bad habit of escaping into video games when reality starts to weigh on me too heavily. There’s some stuff in my reality that’s thrown me into a funky head space when it comes to writing. I get these depressive moods when I look at my reality and when they get really bad, I just have to go let time erase itself while I stare at a screen.

It’s probably not healthy, I know. But it’s how I cope/deal with things. No, it’s nothing serious or life threatening. Just stuff I can’t really talk about online. It’s got me really not in a good head space for writing which is why last week’s progress was so pathetic.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 6/24/13-6/30/13 — July 3, 2013

WiP Wednesday 6/24/13-6/30/13

I started the rewrite of Woven last week. And it’s going amazingly well. I think the manuscript is already a lot smoother and stronger than before.

Which makes me just kick myself over and over. Oh well.

I got about 5K in last week which doesn’t seem like much but it felt like it took no time at all to get that far. This week should be awesome for word count, assuming the rewrite continues to go smoothly.

How are your WiPs going?