Tomorrow I’ll put together some Row80 goals, but I figured a state of the writing union was due.
SHADE is finished, though I still want to do some line edits to make sure any changes are error free. I got through the first three chapters earlier last month and then moving and life happened. But now that I’m getting more settled I plan to get on it. Fortunately line edits won’t take more than a few days. I do the whole backward chapter thing, where I start with the last page of the chapter and read aloud to the first. Catches loads of errors.
CLEMMINGS is on standby. I made it up through where I had outlined, but now that NanoWriMo is looming I’m thinking it’ll have to be put on the back burner. I want to write SHADE 2 during November. And speaking of sequels.
SHADE 2 is getting the outline treatment. This is how I roll. I feel like an outline is a first rough draft for me, but without as much effort. I can try out different paths and see where they lead without poring hours of effort into words. I know this bores to death you pantsers out there, but you’ve got to work the way that’s best for you. I guess I see having to start over after where I’ve figured out where the story is going makes me squirm. I’d rather do it in shorthand first. To each their own, right? It’s been tricksy this time around since I had an idea of the story before which has had to change since I made significant changes to SHADE 1. You really get a sense of what traveling back in time could do to really mess up the future. No wonder Doc Brown was so adamant about interfering as little as possible.
SHORT STORIES haven’t gone anywhere. And they may not until after November. Actually that will probably be a wonderful break from NaNoWriMo to let what I’ve written get cold. Cold storage does wonders for catching errors.
What about you? Plans for the upcoming NaNoWriMo? Any new progress on any of your projects? Any fabulous news? Or even any encouraging news? Let us know below.