Update, no not much progress…
Work/family has required more of my time and energy this week, so the writing is slow at the moment. However, I did have a brainstorm on how to edit chapter two. I need to add the full argument, but I need a scene before that, showing how compassionate Korin can be, to round him out a bit. Without knowing that, his anger is going to get on anyone’s nerves, mine included.
Forgotten Star: made some decisions about Korin and his role, and will be making some subtle changes. (However I really need to get working on chapter 2 already.)
Winter Warrior: worldbuilding went really well. The extensive mapping has led me to nation relations issues (yay conflict) as well as some history. I’ve planned the species that habitat each nation with the intent of not filling the world up with humans who rule over everyone else, and I think I’ve done it. Now, for the nitty gritty of each nation and their people who have to appear in this novel.
I also wrote the first line for WW, giving my MC a voice, but strangely it was in the first person. I don’t know if I really want to write an entire novel in first person. So, that’s something else I have to decide in the next few weeks. The line:
No matter what the healers claim, some wounds do not fade with time–they fester. Yet despite knowing this, I step once more into the arena, very much like the one that destroyed my life.
Forgotten Star: realized chapter 2 was off, because I started it at the end of an argument between Korin and his father. I’m going to add the argument, I think that’ll show their issues better than Korin’s running off and sulking (even though he’s right).
MS Word: still stinky. Managed to convert the unstable document to a .txt, and then break it up into three .doc files. Now I’ve got to reformat 560 pages of text, including line breaks and indentations that were lost in the original document. At least the haunted page breaks disappeared.
Whispers (the collaboration/for fun project): added to a scene my partner wrote. Wanted to work on the next scene, but I had to resolve the Word issues.
Worked on the web page a bit, getting closer to my desired content.
Analyzing Chapter 2 of FS, something is missing, but I don’t yet know what. I’m introducing Korin and his story question, but it doesn’t feel like a complete scene. I need something more compelling? We’ll see. I’ll reread it one more time tonight and see what hits me.
Whispers (fun project, not on goals list): opening written, shared with partner.
Forgotten Star: (1) Chapter 1 Scene 2 edited at 888 words. (2) Revamped chapter organization; scene 3 has been moved to the start of chapter 3, therefore (3) Chapter 1 edit is complete (and posted to SG for crit).
Forgotten Star — Chapter 1, Scene 1: 1213 words edited (7 pages). Scene complete. Venian is more frightening now. [1/3 scenes]
I worked on Dragon’s Bard over lunch (which really should be “Dragons’ Bard’ now), and worked out what needs to change in the edit.
This evening I added 2,067 words to Forgotten Star and completed chapter D. I’m ready to edit!