1. Andy_Megumi

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    Meg's 2020 Writing Journal

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by Andy_Megumi, Dec 6, 2019.

    I know is still 2019, but with 2020 so close, I didn't see a point in making a 2019 journal for only three or four weeks.

    My last writing journal was from 2018, I think.

    I decided to start a new journal because I'll be working on a diferent project.

    I'm currently taking a one-year-long novel writing course, which is different from the ones I've taken before. In this course I have access to all the material from the very start, and I have a year to talk with my tutor and ask her for guidance and feedback while I work on my current project. My tutor won't read any part of my novel during this year, because I'll be working on a first draft, and they are usually not the best material to show to alpha or beta readers until they are complete and revised at least once by the author; but I'll be showing her my planning documents and making some brainstorming sessions with her. And I'll also be asking her questions about theory and practice, and also whenever a hit a roadblock.

    I'm now one month into the course and I've gone through all the material once. I've also told my tutor about the plot of my story, the characters, and the major roablocks I've faced so far while trying to write and complete novels. She has given me feedback on it, asked more questions (some of which I've already answered), and suggested some ideas to think about.

    I've also started to fill some of the worksheets that come with the course material.

    My next task from the tutor, besides pondering on some suggestions she made plus some ideas, is to write a brief summary of each part of the novel: The Beginning, The Middle, and The End.

    The main tools I'm using so far are Scrivener, AeonTimeline, yWriter (both the PC and the Android versions), printed worksheets I'm filling by hand, and the resources at the One Stop For Writers website.

    Besides my main project for the Novel Writing Course, I'll be working from time to time on some side projects.
     
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    While trying to work on the plot summary divided in The Beginning, The Middle, and The End I got confused with some things about theory, so I asked my tutor about it. My tutor's anwers helped me a lot and gave me the clarity I needed.

    As the novel I'm currently working on is part of a series, I was unsure about how much of the series info I should know for writing this particular novel. The conversation with my tutor helped me to detect some key points I should know beforehand, but also made me realize that it's OK to not know the actual ending of the series yet (I was stressing too much over not knowing the ending yet and it was affecting my work for the current novel). I do know the ending of the current novel, though; and I also have a general idea of the macro-story that will be at play throughout the series.
     
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    Christmas season took a toll on my writing progress.

    On December last year I sent my tutor the plot summary divided in The Beginning, The Middle, and The End. She gave me very useful feedback and a new task. My current task from the tutor is to write two chapter-by-chapter summaries.

    The first chapter-by-chapter summary follows this format:

    Chapter #
    Summary
    Main Scenes
    Characters
    Setting(s)

    The second chapter-by-chapter summary follows this format:

    Chapter #
    Beginning
    Middle
    End
    Objectve
    Conflict

    This is my second time doing a chapter-by-chaper sumary of a story. The first one I made was for the first book of a fantasy trilogy/saga and it took me almost two months to complete. That summary wasn't divided in sections like the summary formats above. It was just a brief plot (and subplots) summary of each chapter. It was 11 pages long and included summaries of 51 chapters plus a prologue.

    Fun fact: the prologue's summary for that story was just two lines long; but the actual first draft of it was about 11k words long. That made me get scared about how long the whole book would be and about how long it would take to write. And it is one of the reasons why I decided to try to write a less complex story first.

    As the current task with my WIP seems overwhelming, I decided to add another simpler format as a basis for working on the other two. This simpler format is just a handwritten summary of each chapter and it can't exceed a six-lines limit per chapter. So far, with a total of 5 chapter summaries, I've completed The Beginning part. This was the last writing related thing I did last year. And now, after an almost 3-weeks-long pause, I'm trying to get back into the groove. Wish me luck!
     
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    January seems to be kind of a slow month for me. I'm progressing in my writing but at a snail pace. Maybe it is the post-holidays effect.

    While trying to continue writing the chapter-by-chapter summary, I've realized how much of the story I don't know yet. My tutor seems to think that I know more about the story, the characters and the world than what I really do.

    I do know the general plot for the series and for this book, and I also know some info about my characters and the world; but when I'm confronted with the detail of a chapter-by-chapter summary, I just don't have enough information at hand. I experienced the same void of information when I was writing the chapter-by-chaper summary of my other story/project. For that project I was able to plough through and end up with a finished summary after two months. But then, when I started writing the actual story, the same void of information came back at me, but ten times scarier and bigger.

    I don't want the same to happen with my current WIP, so I think the best plan of action is to start filling those voids ASAP. For this, I've started to create a timeline using AeonTimeline (I love this sofware!).

    I think one of the reasons why I get so confused is because in this story there's a different intelligent species that separated from humans about 13000 years ago, and the history of both humans and this new species is interrelated, but I haven't grasped all the implications of it yet.

    For now I've made a rough timeline with the main events/eras/stages since the new species came to be. It has given me some perspective. With this as a foundation, it's time to zoom in and start working on the part of the timeline that pertains to book 1.
     
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    I use yWriter! Do you still use it and find it easy to work with?
     
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    Yes. I still use it. Although as, lately, I've been working mainly with the handwritten worksheets and AeonTimeline I'm not using it that much for the time being.

    I wish there was a Scrivener version for Android, but yWriter is a good replacement so far. It lets me keep things organized, available and updated in both my Android devices and my PC. And I also love the text-to-voice reading feature in the PC version.
     
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