Just going to be a quick update as I’ve written 285 words since my last. Not a lot but enough to push me on for this month, in theory.
The last 262 words that I wrote last month were between my FMC and her cat, as the two argued and revealed to one another that they are just as nervous as the other, going to an élite magic school as a dark practitioner and a very catty cat. That spurred me on to realised that the story was finally in a position to move onto the actual main part of the story, the school stuff.
So far this month, I have managed two paragraphs, 136 words. This is mostly down to me being lazy, hence the reblog yesterday. Knowing I am in a position to write the school stuff though feels good as I know I can just sit down and write. For the most part, it writes itself which is very reassuring as I chase my June word target of 5,000 words.
How is everyone else going? I just hope you are having more luck than me.
Word Count: 3,901 words
Could have had a lot more words but life has taken a bit of priority and I have written just 3 words in the last two days. Also, this story seems to have decided it’s needs to go as slow as possible for no clear reason (except perhaps world building).
My FMC hasn’t had the best time of it either. She discovered that the slave girl she had seen very briefly earlier had had the magical part of her soul taken from her. The girl survived, hollow but alive, until my FMC said the word soul to her. The girl then screamed, releasing the rest of the girl’s soul from her body and dying.
A talk between the FMC and her mum made her realise that her non-dad had taken it so he could become more powerful. In fact, this is how the family had remained so powerful and feared for so long and why they had the soul box she had discovered when with her grandparents. The next day, the FMC talked with her older brother who has told her to stay out of his way or he would harm her. The FMC then decided to leave the house to get out of the way and into the fresh air for a bit. She ended up in the library and has discovered a magical library for practitioners like her. She is currently reading there.
As mentioned before, this story seems to be taking its own time and I am not sure how to speed it up without seeming to just skip over large periods of time with just a sentence or two. It just feels disingenuous to the story despite knowing that a lot of stuff will eventually be condensed, combined or even got rid of altogether. If anyone can offer any advice on this, I would genuinely be grateful for it. It’s times like this that my planning/outlining method proves quite flawed.
Aim for this week is to try to kick-start my story again to get on with it and actually get onto the part that’s the basis for this, magic school. I will get there in the end but it’s frustrating to be in a bit of a rut. How are you doing? Got any advice to share about my dilemma or just in general? Don’t be afraid to comment below.
Current word count: 2,489 words
And practically all those words are about familiars because, yes, my FMC got her cat familiar. She has learnt that her oldest brother is all right when the mood takes him and that the crows and ravens she has seen hanging around in the tree in the garden over the years are actually her siblings familiars. She has also been told that dark magical practitioners are not limited to certain familiars.
I think that’s going to play a part in the finale of the story. I’ve had a few more thoughts about the finale and it’s effect on my FMC but I think I need to write and cement those thoughts and ideas before I commit to them. I just don’t want to end up going down the wrong path plus I have some concerns about being too cliché or making her Mary Sue-ish.
I have a 5,000 word target for this month so obviously, I am racing ahead of where I need to be at this point which is good I feel. It leaves me free to get this month’s word count then start building up any buffer I may need for later in the year, because life will impact on writing plus I haven’t finished a 50k November since 2012. I miss that target (and possibly my July Camp 25k target) with no buffer and I can say goodbye to my yearly word target. I am 5.2k words ahead but it never hurts to be ready. If I can write more than my target, I might as well do that and enjoy the feeling of having slack days with little or no consequence.
How’s your writing coming along? Continuing your Camp project, started something new or perhaps gone back to another project? Hope you are having fun whatever you are doing?
Current Word Count: 21,339 words
FMC is still on her shopping trip but that’s because getting her uniform equalled her finding out more about Halowin, how she got in and getting advice about extracurricular activities. Getting her lunch meanwhile has revealed another bad deed her family committed against the family owners of the diner but all of this has actually resulted in Hallie gaining 2 possible friends. Her return to the hotel gets her thinking about relationships between her and others and she concludes that she may find someone in the future who does actually love and care for her. Of course, this means her love interest (who has shown up briefly already) is about to have his full introduction.
It’s all good information but I have already concluded that this is going to be a pain to edit. I mean, I am on 21k words and the real story hasn’t fully started. Of course, that’s a consideration for later. Also, when I was last wrote an update, I said that the story took place in an AU, high fantasy location. Writing a bit more has revealed that no, it is firmly in this world. I am glad I realised this now as it means I can focus on the story again and have fewer concerns about this should I go back to editing this draft.
So whilst not a lot has really happened, information is being gathered and I have no doubt things will work out. How are you feeling in these last few days? Close to target or just writing for the story now? Will you continue with the story or are you putting it aside? Feel free to comment below.
Current Word Count: 14,958 words
That’s including some words I have written today during the WordNerds Write In. This is just a quick update.
Nothing much to report apart from my FMC fighting with her mum about their situation and FMC’s frustration at her, contemplating the school offer and deciding to take it. That is literally all I’ve written but it has pushed me on and it’s nice characterisation.
Here’s hoping I will get much more written. In theory, I am on track for reaching 25,000 words by the end of this month so there’s that.
Current Word Count: 13,000 words
A bit of a jump in word count since my last update and that’s partly because my FMC has discovered she has an ability to reap the souls that have become ghosts and send them on. She has also inadvertently released all the souls in a Pandora’s Box type box that were all trapped there by her non-biological family. It mirrors Cardcaptors/Card Captor Sakura a lot and I suspect that is my subconscious doing the “write what you know” thing.
On top of that, she has received her school place offer but at the same time being told she must return home to her non-biological family. The place offer has fallen by the wayside for now whilst my FMC returns and finds herself at odds with everyone, including her mum. There’s friction there and it’s something I can play with.
Story wise then, it is going okay (mostly!) but writing wise, not so much.
The ability and the releasing of the souls is clichéd I know but I like it. Whether it stays should I actually do another draft after this, I have no idea but for now, it’s staying because it fits. It has the added bonus of giving her an ability that links her to her biological paternal family, who are all involved with the ghost hunting world in some form. I suspect I may use that link at least to give my FMC some comfort.
I do suspect though that I might have started the story a little too early in story time. Talking to a friend earlier today has convinced me that I may have enough story to cover the time but along with the fact that I am at 13,000 and the FMC has not gone to school yet, I think I may struggle a little. Yet again, it is something that I need to address should I redraft this. I’ll get there in the end, I know, but it is still going to bug me a little in the meanwhile.
How are things going for you? Good? Bad? Into the meat of your story or languishing at the start? Don’t be afraid to comment below.
Current Word Count: 6,298 words
If you follow me on Twitter or watch my Twitter feed via this blog, you know I am doing Camp once again. The story I have definitely ended up doing is rewriting my July 2015 story. It’s the one I just seem to know my way on, even if it is throwing up some surprises.
This month did not get off to a smooth start. Day 1 ended up being a bust as I ended up falling asleep before I could get anything written. I knew my story, knew roughly where to start but I was just too tired I think. Day 2, I attended a local write in and that definitely got me going, somewhat in the wrong direction but it got me going at least. It also helped me acquaint myself with my FMC and her family.
It’s been over the last couple of days that I have really got going, somewhat, rediscover some things and realising new ones about characters and events in the story, such as FMC’s mother had an affair with her childhood sweetheart (who is proving The Librarians/Flynn Carsen-like at the moment) and that the FMC and her mother are both possible victims of domestic abuse. There is also a slavery angle that could prove integral. Certainly not completely what I was thinking when I started writing this last year but still, that’s good as it is world building in a way whilst also pushing the story on.
I like it though when those things happen, especially during events like this as it is word count. I am ahead of where I need to be by about 2,000 words but that is partly because one of my friends is very far ahead of me. I know, I am being competitive but that’s the way I am. It also encouraging to get my word count quicker, which I like.
How’s you Camp going? Ahead? Behind? Discovered something new about your story? I hope you are having fun!