WIP – Part Three: Scene One Drafted

Standard

How Does Your WIP Grow?

Part Three:  Scene One Drafted

Read about Part 2, Scenes 23 and 24.

01 consideringIt’s day twenty-nine.  I took several days off to do life things, and to decide what to do with some issues in the story.  I eventually decided to reorganize Part Three.  I needed to prepare the way, 22 scenes from now, for Deheya to assume leadership of the Loyalists.  I also needed to find a way for Deheya and Christor to interact before the showdown in Part Four.  You can read about that, here.

I still have to pinch myself to make this all seem real.  A month ago, this was only a vague dream.  Now, tonight, I have 39 scenes in the book, with 37 to go.  And I’ve written 60,599 words.  That is some 7,000 words more than my first novel.  And I’m just past the mid-point.  Can all this really be true?

***

I picked the story back up, with Part Three, Scene One.  As a reminder, we ended Part Two with two things we didn’t know before.  First, Deheya found out her Father was still alive.  And, second, River Bridge was in the hands of the Loyalists.  All she need do was cross the Great River and join them.

What a difference that was.  For days, Kuha Kaun’s Black Mountain parties hunted her in the forest.  In one mishap after another, she watched the brave men of her escort, both Jaeni and Ston, die or sustain wounds.  Because of their dire circumstances, those too badly wounded to move, had to be left.

Continue reading

My WIP Is Broken – Fixing Part Three

Standard

My WIP Is Broken

Fixing Part Three

confused 2I set out to write Scepter’s Sacrifice, composing the first two scenes on June 30, 2014.  Before that, I developed the story line over a several month period, building it up from a short story to, what I hope, is a 90,000 word novel.

I developed an extensive outline, but had little success in attracting critiques of it, on Scribophile.  Scribophile escapes the WordPress trap of post-post-post without anyone ever reading or commenting on what we write.  Scrib requires writers to write x number of words of critique about another person’s work before they can post their own stuff.  So, it guarantees comments.  It doesn’t guarantee timely comments.

Continue reading

WIP – Part Two: Scenes Twenty-Three and Twenty-Four Drafted

Standard

How Does Your WIP Grow?

Part Two:  Scenes Twenty-Three and Twenty-Four Drafted

Read about Part 2, Scenes 21 and 22.

confession aIt’s day twenty-four.  I finished Part 2, completing scenes 23 and 24.  I reached 57,845 words today.  My target is 90,000 words, and I should have no trouble meeting it.  I have 38 scenes done, with 36 to go.

I started the day thinking I had only one scene left, Scene 23.  I had decided that Deheya would enter River Bridge at the start of Part Three, so that eliminated Scene 24.  With that in mind, I began writing the scene.  By the time I finished, I had churned out about 3,500 words.  This would have made it the largest scene in the story.  After some reflection, I broke it in two pieces.  Actually, I could have broken it into three scenes, but decided not to do that.

***

I wrote Scene 23 intending that Deheya would get on the ferry to River Bridge at the end of the scene.  I ended it sooner.

Continue reading

WIP – Part Two: Scenes Twenty-One and Twenty-Two Drafted

Standard

How Does Your WIP Grow?

Part Two:  Scenes Twenty-One and Twenty-Two Drafted

Read about Part 2, Scenes 19 and 20.

confession aIt’s day twenty-four.  I continued with Part 2, finishing scenes twenty-one and twenty-two down.  I reached 54,262 words today.  My target is 90,000 words, and I should have no trouble meeting it.  I have 36 scenes done, with 38 to go.

Writing the scenes was, emotionally, very draining.  Somehow, as part of the process of writing a scene, I begin to identify with the character.  And I’ve really begun to do that with my main character, Deheya.  In the last part of Part Two, she has gone through some terrible shocks, and her life is a mess.  I actually cried as I finished scene 21.  Writing scene 22 drained me.

I continued to fine-tune the outline, changing the focus of scenes 21 and 22.  In addition, I have decided to end Part Two with scene 23, rather than scene 24.

Continue reading

WIP – Part Two: Scenes Nineteen and Twenty Drafted

Standard

How Does Your WIP Grow?

Part Two:  Scenes Nineteen and Twenty Drafted

Read about Part 2, Scenes 17 and 18.

confession aIt’s day twenty-two.  I continued with Part 2, getting scenes nineteen and twenty down.  I reached 50,729 words today.  My target is 90,000 words, and I should have no trouble meeting it.  I have 34 scenes done, with 40 to go.S

With the last six scenes in Part Two all focusing on Deheya, looked at the scene order, and made a tweak.  Scene 19 should have been where a Black Mountain band attacked Deheya’s entourage.  Scene 20 was to have been a falling out by the survivors.  I reread scene eleven, where she learns, falsely, that her Father is dead.  I closed the scene out with that message.   After some reflection, I decided to switch the order of nineteen and twenty, and let the falling out occur first, followed by the ambush.

Continue reading

WIP – Part Two: Scenes Seventeen and Eighteen Drafted

Standard

How Does Your WIP Grow?

Part Two:  Scenes Seventeen and Eighteen Drafted

Read about Part 2, Scenes 15 and 16.

confession aIt’s day twenty-one.  I continued with Part 2, getting scenes seventeen and eighteen out.  I reached 47,217 words today.  My target is 90,000 words, and I think I will have little trouble hitting it.  With scene thirteen and fourteen, I have 32 scenes done, with 44 to go.

After looking at my outline, and thinking more about scene fifteen, I decided I had scene eighteen in the wrong place.  So I moved it.

***

 I wrote scene seventeen last night, but did not count the tally until this morning.  I redesigned this scene.  Originally, I had Pia Isa stand there as Kuha Kaun led the Black Mountain Clan out of the Summer Camp.  But, I had new ideas, which I thought better served adding tension to the story.  If you recall, in scene seven, when Kuha Kaun and Pia Isa fought, Kuha Kaun and Pia Isa wounded each other, but we did not know how seriously.

Continue reading

WIP – Part Two: Scenes Fifteen and Sixteen Drafted

Standard

How Does Your WIP Grow?

Part Two:  Scenes Fifteen and Sixteen Drafted

Read about Part 2, Scenes 13 and 14.

confession aIt’s day twenty.  I continued with Part 2, getting scenes fifteen and sixteen out.  I reached 44,268 words today.  My target is 90,000 words, and I think I will have little trouble hitting it.  With scene thirteen and fourteen, I have 28 scenes done, with 46 to go.

When I completed Part One, I left it with fourteen scenes and 16,903 words.  Part Two reached sixteen scenes, and  29,387 words.  That brings me to a total of 44,268 words.  I’m at the halfway point in my word count, and I still have a third of the scenes in Part Two to go, eight of them.  At this rate, I think I will be at 53,000 words by the time I finish Part Two, which is 8,000 words higher than I planned.

Continue reading