Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by hirundine, Sep 30, 2018.
After a 2 week break due to burnout I am finally making progress again.
I've now got the 4th story replan up to the point where I realised the original replan had all those really big problems and started over. This now means I've got to the point where I have to plan the remaining four scenes more or less from scratch.
Current status of main protagonist: lying on the forest floor half dead in the pouring rain. The other protagonist isn't much better. Don't worry though, they're about to get rescued.
Current status of story/chapter: almost done planning.
I've just experienced the moment where you finish the plan and you're celebrating and then you realise you still have to actually write the thing. ARGH.
I've finished the fourth one and now need to type it up.
Can not believe it's taken me almost two months to get to this point.
But got to it you have! That's the main thing.
I've had to stop typing up the fourth story because it deals with a main character losing someone he still really cares about and having sadly lost a good friend this week I do not feel up to dealing with similar stuff in my writing just now.
If I feel up to it I will start fixing and working on the next one instead, which still contains some action and relatively mild fairy-related peril, but is a lot less heavy and for once doesn't involve anybody almost dying.
I've just taken a look at the original plans for the fifth story. OH MY WORD there are so many problems with this one. Argh.
I've abandoned the fifth story a few scenes in as I'm no longer convinced it's actually necessary. I have gone back to typing up the fourth. I can always go back and add the fifth one (and the eighth, which I'm not sure about either) if I get to the end and I find that it really does need them.
Although I was rather looking forward to turning Bitey into a dragon for a while. I might have to MAKE another way for that to happen...
I'm up to the bit where Michael wandering through the forest considering the possibility that he might be about to get in a fight with a weaponised corvid.
He doesn't, for the record, but I like the concept of weaponised crows, so I might find a way to work one in later.
I must admit that I find the concept somewhat intriguing also...
I finished the fourth one. Looking at where it ends, the sixth one needs to follow directly after it. So, the boring difficult fifth one that was supposed to be in between needs to go.
Good riddance, I never liked that one anyway.
I think I'm about halfway through the detailed plan of what's ended up becoming the fifth story now.
Don't enquire about the current status of my protagonist, though. You really don't want to know.
See, you saying that makes me definitely want to know.
Felt like I should do something with my WIP yesterday but didn't have much time because of work, so I started getting my sh*t together for part two now that I know which stories are going to be in it. I will finish getting this bit of my sh*t together and then go back to what I was working on before.
Finished the first draft of story/chapter 5 today.
This is one of the make or break chapters for me, one of the really emotional ones that I wasn't sure I could do that could have potentially killed the whole thing, so I'm quite happy with that.
I'm now faced with the tough choice of whether to start working on the next story/chapter, or go back and fix the second one, which has some genuinely serious problems.
I decided to redo the second story/chapter. In case anybody is wondering where I'm up to, TWO of the three main characters are NOT currently made of stone.
And two out of three ain't bad.
I've finished the edit/rewrite of the second chapter.
I'm not happy with this version either. But I was never going to be. It exists to help the readers get to know the characters and setting before the wider plot kicks off. It's the sort story where that is absolutely necessary, but chapters like this bore me. So no matter how good it turns out, I'm still going to hate it.
Blekk. Bring on the evil scarecrow.
So, the story/chapter with the evil scarecrow is turning out to be more of a slog than I was expecting. Mostly due to a ladies hormone imbalance that has been making me miserable and sucking out all my motivation for a sizable chunk of this month. But, I've now got up to the point where my protagonist doesn't get the life sucked out of him by the aforementioned evil scarecrow. Which may sound like I'm giving him a break, but when he finds out why it spat him out like a sour grape, all it does is deepen the existential crisis he's already having. So while he walks away from the incident with only a black eye to show for it, he is most definitely not getting a break.
Don't be one of my protagonists. Even if I like you, it's going to suck.
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