Further Plotting & Beginning on the New Stories

It’s Saturday morning and I am sitting here in the sunlight with my cats, my comfy clothes and my hot, yummy coffee. ¬†FINALLY! ¬†I got my Folger’s¬†Black Silk back and I could not feel more at peace – their Columbian brew was just nasty to me.

I am trying to plan out my work for today.  I have to create art for the Secret Project work (not writing, but related) as well as work on my stories and create a baseline in a program to them share with my project partner.

I also have to do a HUGE amount of pages of art for the Sketchbook Summer challenge (finish 220 pages of a roughly 8×10 sketchbook in July) and I am waiting on pins and needles to hear back from my first beta reader. ¬†I have to have time to finish fixing anything from her notes before sending the book off to my bug hunters. ¬†And that could take an hour or a day or three days. ¬†Ugh!

So I’ll be doing my Lesson 3 today (from the How to Write Short Stories¬†course that I am working my way through) and figuring out how to handle the bits and pieces that I’ve done so far. ¬†It looks like there is a significant amount of writing on today’s agenda. ¬†I might be stuck on lesson 3 for a couple of days. ¬† Sunday, I doubt I will get any writing done at all as I have the time with my mom (we Zoom every Sunday), secret project work all day except for the few hours I have to spend with my husband. ¬†And whatever time I can spend trying to catch up on the Summer Sketchbook project.

Being stuck on lesson 3 for a few days is perfectly fine. ¬†It looks like I am also focusing on the themes when it comes to these short stories. ¬†That’s wonderful because, after writing¬†Leaving Wandalucia, I am eager to return to meaningful stories! ¬†The themes in that novel meant a lot to me.

Considering the fact that¬†How to Write Short Stories¬†is supposed to be an eight-week course and I’ve done two lessons in two days, I’m moving at a fine pace, even if I get stuck for a couple days. ¬†And I don’t want to rush these stories.

Oh, shit! ¬†I forgot to mention lesson 2! ¬†It was fun but also hard, because it was taking me through different thoughts on how these stories could come about as well as different methods. ¬†I kept returning to my lists that I made in lesson one to find a way to use those lists in these short stories and it worked in AMAZING ways. ¬†I’m so pleased with how these ideas have been generated. ¬†I’d get stuck wondering what new thing I could pull from Wandalucia to add something neat to this story and I’d look to my list. ¬†I came up with some super cool stuff!

And I loved The 6 Cookies approach.  I usually use a scene by scene, character-based approach to getting the scenes and plotting done, but this was cool!

So I got all three stories done (as far as the lesson went) for the basic plotting. ¬†I’ve gotten two fleshed out and the third just put together with the 6 Cookie method before calling it a day and spending time with the old man.

Also, I spent the first probably 45 minute of my “Focus Room” time (Skype’s chat feature where my mother and I work off of tens with each other, keeping, duh,¬†focused) finishing up different things related to the Secret Project. ¬†My mother and I both had a productive day!

So now I am off to work.  Happy Caterday to you all!

 

* Holly’s links are affiliate links and will never charge you extra because of this. However you can easily Google Holly’s Writing Classes to find all of her courses.  The link to the Sketchbook Summer page is NOT an affiliate link.  You can also find them on Instagram and Facebook.

Advertisements
Further Plotting & Beginning on the New Stories

Not Quite a Fail

This morning I was dragging! ¬†I used to have to get up at 4:30 to 5am to complete a very lengthy process to get to work by 8am. ¬†Our car had been totaled, we had no money for another one, so I was walking (eventually I rode a bike once we had a little $ to buy one) to catch a bus to get to the Tri-Rail (when we lived in South Florida) and then from there I would walk or ride my bike, unless a friend of mine picked me up. ¬†I’d leave work around 6 to 7 to get home around 9pm and crash around 10 to start the whole thing over.

All this and yet I feel as though 7:30am comes so fast! ¬†Still, I’m grateful I am no longer where I was.

Today I sat down to my computer, found out my mom had been in there already for a half hour.  She did GREAT today!  I, on the other hand, struggled.

I got some great notes on how to start integrating one character’s past through just actions and little hints. ¬†That was the first ten minutes, but then I was done with that.

The next task was to find the detailed motivation for this antagonist to kill his victim. ¬†Of course, this should have been covered pre-book writing, but I had been so excited by my concepts that I rushed ahead. ¬†Now I’m carving out and slim-grinding these bits and pieces to fit the puzzle I have created. ¬†Not for the faint of heart.

What’s worse is that, while bits and pieces of his motivation ARE in HIS backstory, I needed his victim’s backstory. ¬†And to create that I needed MORE backstory and 3 bios along with a clearer definition of three now-dead characters’ past powers, updated to fit the newly created magical system.

So before I can create the motivation for a single character, I need all of this. ¬†It’s actually a good thing to have figured all of this out and now I have a clear direction. ¬†Hence the “not quite a fail” title. ¬†It’s still difficult, but I have a solid path in front of me.

Off to work!

Not Quite a Fail

Another Amazing Morning in The Focus Room

My mother and I did our focus room again, this time extending it to roughly two hours with one ten minute break in there.  So the total approximate time was 130 minutes.  I lost out on about 15 to 20 minutes of writing time with various issues, but for the most part got in a good amount of time!

I got a total of 2194 words.  Not bad for the time involved and, again, this was creating a magic system for witches and, once that was finished, creating the backstory of how two characters met РI had to read some of the previous backstory written for one of the characters as well.

A neat thing that came from this work was the creation of another character that I really, really like right now and that will surely die in some horrible fashion somewhere in this 7 book series.  So sad!

What’s also neat is how writing all of these things I need to know to have a solid series (and of course, first book) opens up more and more and ties everything in together in awesome and unpredictable ways.

So I’m giving some huge shout outs to having a writing buddy and a Focus Room!

Another Amazing Morning in The Focus Room