Step by Step

After the last few weeks I should know better than to expect miraculous progress in anything.  I do know better, but…  well, I was really hopeful that I could pull off more now that Life had settled to a dull roar.

RSW8I didn’t make the greatest progress on my goals for either  the ROW80  or the Ready. Set. Write! challenges, but I did make progress.  I count this week as a win, as I discovered things about the way I’d approached both challenges that will help me build to a pace that will allow me to get stuff done and holds leeway for the Real World to have its input too.

My first two ROW80 goals, 1) write every day and 2) spend time in my storyworld daily,  fit perfectly with my three RSW goals for this week:

  • fully draft two main transition scenes in Courting the Swan Song
  • do read for consistency in Book 1 and 3 regarding city description and Alanii’s exposure to Wanderer people
  • add to overall world map drawing; begin map of Darshaila

So…  how’d I do on these….  RSW style:

  • How I did on last week’s goal(s)

I spent a lot more time working on the transition scenes than I wanted to, in part because I discovered that two scenes I was trying to connect had accidentally been happening at the same time and one of them needed a rewrite for continuity’s sake.  Hooray for rereading!

I didn’t get much drawing  done.  What I did do was research development of Iron Age  seaports and how streets were (or rather weren’t) often planned around the various trades and needs of the local citizenry as well as visitors.  The city I need to make is going to be larger than I’d planned.  I promise; I will post a picture of it when I’m done.

  • My goal(s) for this week
    • Transition scenes: I didn’t finish either of the two transition scenes, but have both plotted out and some fleshing done.  I also found five more that need to be written (two are very short).  So work on transitions ensues.
    • Rereading for continuity: continuing process!  It’s already helped a bunch
    • Mapmaking: having identified real-world examples, I’m into the actual drawing phase now.  Kind of embarrassed, as my drawing skills have suffered over time.
  • A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised:

The Hastor’s eyes were wide, innocent as a thief’s. “I didn’t say anything.”   A broad grin crossed the man’s face as he dipped his head around enough to look at his sister.

  • The biggest challenge I faced this week

Myself,  be it a desire to flump and just de-stress after the  past couple of weeks or my own inherit lack of organization… I was my own worst enemy.

I was also my own best friend however, because I did keep urging myself back on track.  Slow progress, but real progress.  I’ll take it.  😀

  • Something I love about my WIP

The Swan Song Series allows for several books, each of which deal with a particular event or person in the world’s existence, and the more I explore the lives of my characters, more rich and real the world becomes.  Though I wouldn’t be opposed to selling the series, I’m writing it for me, writing a set of stories I love, and I can sense this in the text, this passion.  I reread sections I wrote months ago and instantly find myself immersed.  It’s a happy feeling.

ROW80LogocopyTo make note of ROW80 goals that weren’t already addressed:

  •  Pushups/general fitness — one karate class, mostly flumpy, no push-ups
  • Camera time daily — missed most days
  • French and German daily 10 minutes — daily lessons/practice
  • MOOCs — none
  • ROW80 Sponsor duties — on track
  • JuNoWriMo hosted scheduled sprints plus an extra three hours of unscheduled hosting

Thanks to everyone who visited last week and welcomed me into the RSW. I’ve had fun visiting your pages, seeing all the projects you’ re doing, and the cool ways you’ve chosen to inspire yourselves. You’ve already taught me a ton about myself and my approach to writing.

For people interested in the RSW: sign up on the linky at one of the host blogs (Alison Miller, KatyUpperman, Jaime Morrow, Elodie Nowodazkij, and Erin L. Funk) each week, and remember to visit other participants’ blogs to cheer them on as well. For more info on RSW and a link to our lovely stash of buttons, click here.

For people interested in the ROW80: check out our main blog at A Round of Words in 80 Days and visit our members via this Monday’s linky here.

28 responses to “Step by Step

  1. I said something similar in my post about writing for me. I think writing is most genuine when you put aside worries about publishing (at least while focusing on writing) and just let the story be the most important thing. Better luck this week on your goals! It sounds like you did a lot of mulling over though, so that’s great!

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    • I just saw and commented on your post, Erin, and loved that you’re writing for yourself as well. It is more honest… I think you’re right. And, really, if you don’t believe in and love the story, why should anyone else want to read it? Have a wonderful week, and thanks!

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  2. Alison Miller

    I love how you were your own best friend through the writing and rereading process this week. And I have always found that rereading what I last wrote before the current writing session really helps to ground me and inspire me. So helpful! Good luck this next week with all the things!

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    • I think it’s part of the Writer’s Blessing (the one that reads “May you live in interesting times”)… I think it goes like “You will forever be your own best friend, and your own worst enemy. At least we’re very good at it. Thanks, Alison. May you also have great luck with all the things.

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  3. Progress is progress. And during and after trying times, sometimes rest and renewal of the soul are in order, and, ultimately, more valuable than forging forward full tilt…but you know me and my ebbs and flows. =)

    I’d love to see the map…and I’m curious as to whether your Hastor here is ‘Listii…

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    • I do know you, and normally I would have happily relaxed a lot more than I did, except, I knew certainly things that just needed to be done that would have made me even more miserable if I didn’t. Mostly I think I was just trying to barrel through and get to the end, because I knew how close it was… and… it’s here! YAY!!!! I’ve already begun to just ooze happy comfort.

      I really need to actually settle down and draw that map. Been avoiding and catching up on stuff the last few days. Not, it was Val, not ‘Listii. Sorry.

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  4. My week was all about transitions too, and it stunk! Hopefully next week will be better for us both!

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    • Transitions mean change… and I don’t know about you, Karyne, but I hate change (though I hate stagnation more). Well, hate is too strong a words. I just don’t deal well with them. So yes! Definitely, a better week to come for us both.

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  5. Slow and steady progress is still progress. Your Iron Age research sounds fascinating, and daunting.

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    • It can be. I’ve always enjoyed thinking about how technologies are discovered (and lost). And by adding simple variables, such as different types of trees–and of course magic–one can completely alter how a civilization develops. Thanks for stopping in, Carrie-Anne.

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  6. Transitions are so hard! I struggle with making them feel natural, anyway. Good luck this week with your goals!

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  7. Progress is progress, whether a little or a lot.
    And, ug, I feel you on the transition scenes. I wish writers had some of the tools filmmakers have: scene wipes, montages, quick voice-over…

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  8. Any progress is good progress, slow or not! Good job this week and good luck in the week to come! 🙂

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  9. Congrats on the progress on you did make, even if it wasn’t as much as you wanted. Those transition scenes can be challenging!! I love the line you shared and especially that phrase “innocent as a thief.” Good luck with this week’s goals!

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  10. It’s so cool that you are making your own maps! Looking forward to seeing the pictures 🙂 Good luck this week!

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    • Thanks, Carrie. Though… those pictures may be longer in coming than promised. This week was more downtime than I’d planned (needed downtime!). The good thing is, I found a lot of the research I’d been looking for!

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  11. I’m so curious now as to what a Hastor is! Intriguing snippet! I hear you on a week not going as planned. Mine is like that this week! Ugh.

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    • Well, while I’m glad I have you curious, Leandra, the answer isn’t all that grand. A Hastor is anyone (in this particular case a man named Valichii) from a particular noble family in my stories. Granted, they are a very interesting and very badly-behaved noble family, but still… nothing too exciting.

      I really hope our weeks settle down soon.

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  12. Discovering process is a necessary step to progress, Eden, and you are right to be proud of that.
    You also did some extra stuff for JuNo, so that should count.

    As for transition scenes, ugh. I’d buy that book, too.

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  13. I love that you are writing book for you and not for the ambiguous “consumer”. Books always turn out so much better that way. Good luck with the transitions and the reading/writing!

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