Friday, July 09, 2010

Progress Friday

Hello people! It's Friday and it's sooo close to the weekend! Okay, hang me over coz my boys will be home tomorrow, but the good thing is, they're not going on winter break this Friday but the next (thank you, I'll deal with the possible mental breakdown then, okay?)

I've managed my personal goal of blogging every single day this week! Not exactly easy to handle, but definitely doable, and I suppose it gets easier with time. So I think this format is gonna be rolling over for the weeks to come!
That aside, I haven't gotten much writing done in the past 10 days. I was in negotiations with my university over whether or not to continue with them next year, given that it would be a shame to stop studying when I am so close to finishing my degree (3 modules left on a total of 30). So I'm glad to say that I am going ahead with it. Hopefully in 2012 I will be a uni graduate. That is, if the end of the world (2012, anyone?) hasn't happened yet! :)

Writing-wise, I've just found out (further confirmation actually) than I am a plotter. No other way about it - I simply cannot write by the seat of my pants. I need to know where I'm going and how I'm gonna get there. Thus, I found myself without any direction on the current WIP. Chapter 1 was down on softcopy, Chapter 2 was in my head but not getting anywhere because I needed to know how 2 played onto 3, and 3 onto 4, etc. Confusing, I know. Hence why I sat down yesterday and wrote the outline. Start to finish. I'm pretty sure the ending's gonna change, but at least now I know how to get there. Gotta admit it's made me feel lighter, like a weight is off my shoulders or something.

All things considered, this single-title ms should finish in and around 90K. I'm trying to find one of those wip-countdown/progress bars from Blogger and still looking right now. Hopefully I'll find it and have it up so I can clock in my progress.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! To all the lucky peeps in the Northern Hemisphere, enjoy your warm summer. Here, we're close to freezing!

From Mauritius with love,



Chicki Brown said...

Welcome to Plotterville! Those of us who live here find life much easier with general directions -- kind of like a GPS system. Contrary to what the pantsers say, giving yourself a roadmap doesn't take away from the spontaniety of the story and eliminates the need for extensive rewrites.

Stay warm, girl! It's sweltering here ...

Chicki Brown said...

BTW, I'll be posting my crit of your Ch. 1 on the group in a few minutes.

Zee Monodee said...

A GPS system!! That's exactly it!

Yups, it doesn't take away from the spontaneity. It's like an outline tells you what happens but not how. The how takes place when you're actually writing, and that can prove to hold so many surprises.

Plotterville - lol, I'm here to stay. I wish it were sweltering here. Had some sun earlier, thought it'd last, but it's chilly, windy and raining again now. Sigh.