Silent’s January Jumble
What I Did In 2014.
What I Plan To Do In 2015.
Christmas and Family were my focuses. I wrote when I could. I finally read my hibernating WIP.
I opened December thinking I would write Christmas stories. I opened with Always Winter, Never Christmas, using Rochelle’s photo prompt in Friday Fictioneers. My story just popped out of nowhere. I imagined I would fill my blog with more Christmas stories. Somehow, I didn’t. Looking back, I feel sad.
I continued my study of scene craft. I finished Scofield’s Chapters Three, Three Revisited, Four, and Five. I gained insight I did not have before. I understand tension and release at some level. I’ve changed my approach to writing scenes. Before, I started with dialog. I produced talking heads. Now, I start with physical beats and grounding, instead of jumping straight to dialog. I tested my understanding, taking my WIP’s Scene 317. Then I revised it. I’m happy and relieved at my progress.
But, I was restless. I wanted to write. So , I turned to my Strong Words series. My favorite in that trio of characters, Tammy, was up. I put her into Icy Streets and Treacherous Footing. I’m toying with giving her more attention, independent of Strong Words.
When I set out with Strong Words, I wanted to reduce my reliance on adverbs. I’m conscious of them, now, can almost write without them, unless I want them. Still, some slip through. Now, when I write, it’s puzzle solving, using my ten random verbs to tell my tale. It’s fun.
Since September, an elephant sat in my writing room. I finished my WIP and promised myself I would wait to read it. I spent my time learning about scene writing, knowing I had to improve. After Christmas, I went back to my WIP it’s First Reading. My story worked, almost. Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t ready for anything, yet. But, I think it is better than many things I see on WattPad or Amazon.
I’m still digesting my First Reading notes. I cannot escape cutting my story down. No publishing house will ever sign a newbie author to a 163,000 first novel. I need to come down to 110,000 words. I can see many structure changes I want to make. I want to reduce my POVs from seven to four.
So, I will figure that out.