I’m starting to get used to the new townhouse. Most everything is in place now, and more often than not, we’re remembering where we’ve put things. The increased hours for the day job are feeling more doable, too. I’m not as tired in the evenings.
And that’s good news for the writing. I actually sat down most days last week and wrote at least a couple hundred words in each round. At that rate, the new WIP will take some time, but I’m hoping to increase the word count as I get back into the routine.
It’s a bit like starting an exercise routine. At first, we can manage only a few minutes and repetitions. But if we keep at it, we can do more for longer periods of time. And that’s what I’m hoping for with the writing.
And as I continue to write, I’m also sketching out places where the new WIP’s action takes place. You can see one of them here:
The new WIP opens here, where our main character assumes things will be centered. But that will change, of course, because the opening often isn’t where our characters remain. Well, sometimes it is. For those characters, the “journey” may be more metaphysical in nature rather than physical. But for this character, the story will move between physical settings. Good roads and reliable transportation make that easy in today’s world.
Of course, such ease of transportation can lead writers to slip up and introduce impossibilities into their stories. One of the big reasons why I couldn’t get into “24” was the way the writers had Jack Bauer crossing huge chunks of Los Angeles in minutes. I know that’s impossible, and I couldn’t “suspend disbelief” because it happened in nearly every episode.
I try to avoid such glitches in my fiction by using calendars and timelines for each story and researching things like travel times. I want those to be realistic and not pull knowledgeable readers out of the stories.
So if you could look over my shoulder when I’m working on a story, you might see:
If any of you have read Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering, you may notice another tool in the above photo. I want this WIP to have the proper “rising and falling” action that keeps readers turning the pages to see what happens. Brooks refers to them as Plot Points and Pinch Points. If you look again at the photo, you see parts aren’t yet filled in. This really is a Work In Progress, and I haven’t identified all the major action points yet for the story. I hope the main character will soon share them with me now that we’re writing again.
So maybe there’s hope for my writing yet. I’m still busy, and September will be a huge challenge, especially as the middle of the month hits. I guarantee I’ll have to step away from the blogosphere for a while then. But by the end of that month, I hope to be back on a calmer and steadier course. And just maybe I’ll have more progress to report on the newest story.
I hope August is treating you all well!