Sunday, June 19, 2011

Breakthroughs! ROW80 Update 6/19

Hey look, I remembered this Sunday!

This week has been important for my book, I've gotten back to reading my how-to writing books that I had stopped reading for awhile and made two major breakthroughs on the plot! Breakthrough #1 has to do with the villain and I'm super excited about it because it gives him much more depth than he had before and because it's just the sort of emotionally confusing should-I-still-hate-him? thing that I love to read! Breakthrough #2 has to do with a part of MC's character arc which I'm so glad that I thought of it! I mean, that element was already in there but before I wasn't really giving it the attention it deserved. Now I know it's one of the huge things that will evolve my MC from who he is to who he will become. Exciting stuff!

At the moment, I'm focusing less on the writing and more on the planning, so I'm not reaching my daily wordcount goal, but I feel that the plotting is more necessary at this point than the writing is. I feel that I just need to work out a few more key things before I can start writing in earnest and actually know the plot lines and how the story will progress, not having to 'pants' a huge chunk of it.

Sometimes I like pantsing, but I've come to find out that when I'm truly serious I like to know where I'm going before I start.

So, all in all I think it's been a good week for me!

Oh. And it seems that the next check in on Wednesday will be the last for round two of A Round of Words in 80 Days. Round three will start on July 4th! That'll be my first real round, seeing as I joined in round two right in the middle of it. :p

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4 comments:

alberta ross said...

Isn't it a great feeling to tease out a character like that and make him a bigger/better being - well done.

I'm a plotter - in my head before the story begins - then i'm a panster in getting ot all done (no edits/correction - then I sit and rewrite the rubbish - hey whatever works I say!!!!!!

good luck

lauralynnelliott said...

Congrats on your breakthroughs! It really feels good when that happens, doesn't it?

It sounds like you're doing great! This round of ROW80 is almost over, and I'm looking forward to seeing you in Round 3.

mooderino said...

A god outline can be creative and require as much pantsing as the writing process. Worth spending some time on.

mood
Moody Writing
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(just started following you)

TayLyee said...

Alberta, Thank you! Yes it's a wonderful feeling. And that sounds like the strategy I've been taking up until now; hope it works better for you than it did for me!

Lauralynnelliott, Thank you! Yeah, it seems like like all the good stuff is happening right at the end of round 2! I'll be waiting for round 3 :)

Moderino, You are so right, I never used to care about outlines but now. . . yes.

(And thanks for the follow :)