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Continuing Growth: November 11, 2015

Do you like to play with numbers? While I’m more comfortable by far playing with words, my Accomplice enjoys number patterns, and he’s got me interested and noticing certain patterns, as well.

It’s interesting, for example, that, due to my experimentation in plotting with The Snowflake Method, I didn’t begin my July CampNaNoWriMo novel, Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn Weft Series #2) until July 11.

A few months, and a return to plotting with the more familiar to me Rock Your Plot system, have made a huge difference. On November 11, I’m poised at the brink of Act Three – and it’s possible that I may complete my NaNoWriMo goal today.

I’m not saying I’m willing to abandon Snowflaking – I’m more likely to combine elements of both methods, and continue learning other techniques, and tailor my approach to each individual project.

I’m reminded of NCIS: New Orleans’ Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula, who was also once a beagle-loving starship captain). His recurring directive to his team is a good one, largely because it’s so simple:

“Learn things.”

What have you learned this round?  If you NaNo, do you plot? Pants? Both?

Color-coding key:

  • Goal attained = blue with overstrike.

  • Goal in progress = green.

  • Goal-in-waiting = red.

  • Writing:

  • NaNoWriMo: Complete draft of Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3). . This near-future fantasy will be about 60,000 words, total. I’m officially at 43,446/50,000; a little above NaNo par for 11/26. 16/24 scenes completed; ready to dive into Act Three, with the characters continuing to surprise me, and one huge, series-impacting revelation.

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Finish freewritings,  and choose one for each letter to develop into an A-Z post; make episode list for rewatching, and take notes as needed. Hey, #itswritingresearch! 1/31 stories chosen. 21/26 letters completed; 1 /2 V completed. I’ll take this on once Sea Changes is complete; as a palate cleanser before delving back into FDWR.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Publish all regular features posts; scheduling ahead where possible. Still not managing all my posts, but hoping to change that through the remainder of the week.

  • Catch up all blog comments and visits. I’ve made progress here. I’ve still got a backlog, but I intend to stay current, and get to older comments in spare moments.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current. I’m keeping up. =)

  • Maintain email inbox below 333 messages. New phone/Kindle tandem system is working beautifully. I’m well beneath my cap, at 94 messages.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue. Collecting screenshots from The Boyo’s various online projects, in preparation for wrapping up the Peer Review issue.
  • Get computer repaired!
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. Focus on maintenance and implementing ideas from 5,000 Words Per Hour.  3/5 hometending. Lise’s room; family room; living room; study. Clearing the decks in preparation for using the book ongoing and progressing.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings and events as desired. Intention for future travel; ideas in play, but nothing concrete at this point.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook and Twitter groups as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto. Doing a bit better overall; hoping to get to one of these critiques in the next couple of weeks.
  • Complete the two beta reads I’ve had waaay too long. Beta #2 complete through Chapter Four (p15/121).

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week. Oh, yes! Lots of connection, conversation. Walks and outside play. Reading bedtime stories. Couples’ time. Shared videos and meals.
  • Complete 7 pending book reviews.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance,Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. 3/7 for journaling and meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: at home three times; class once or twice a week. Continue reading The Tai Chi Directory.

  • Make time for physical activity five days a week; use phone app to track three time a week. 3/5; 1/3 with phone.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Poetry Chapbooks:I did some very basic research on what chapbooks are; letting the concept simmer for a bit. A bit of discussion with another writer.

  • Website/Business blog: Informal brainstorming with my Accomplice.

  • Fantasy convention: As it turns out, it would have better to check this out prior to the weekend it’s being held. They’ve met their attendance cap, and prices are far too high for this to be a possibility for me this year.

  • Fan fiction stuff

  • Self-publishing

These goals are a part of Kait Nolan’s  ROW80 Writing Challenge .

It’s also a blog hop –

Find more ROWers right here!

Author:

I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

4 thoughts on “Continuing Growth: November 11, 2015

    1. Hooray for 40K! I’m over 45 now, and getting some hometending done so that I can dive into the last 3,500 words or so I need to win NaNo. That’s still about 10K our from the end of the novel, but since I’m now into Act Three, I expect the momentum to pick up until the end, and so I should be finished drafting by the end of the weekend, or maybe a bit sooner than that, depending on some Saturday plans that are still undecided.

      And I love love love this story. It’s complicated and emotional, and, like many of my favorite stories, the ending will be unavoidably bittersweet.

      May you enjoy your writing, and the rest of the week. =)

  1. I am most definitely a pantser, but I try to put together a loose outline to guide me. I have used The Snowflake Method before, and it has worked well. Sometimes while creating a loose outline I’ll use the “three disasters + an ending” approach from the Snowflake Method.

    Nice work! Bet you hit 50k this week.

    1. I was a pantser for a lot of years – but once I tried open-ended plotting, I found that I actually got more creative, and my stories better – and I can do the plotting and planning combined in about a quarter of the time the writing took before.

      I like the “three disasters and an ending” of the Snowflake, and they help me clarify things, but I found it a bit abstract and unspecific. I prefer the plot and pinch points, inciting incidents, and resolutions of Rock Your Plot, which gives me a more complete structure to play with. I’m going to toy with elements from both of these, and others, going forward. I’ll keep what really works for me, and let the rest be in reserve, if I see potential there, or let it go if I don’t.

      Eventually, maybe the plotting will be as natural as the writing….

      As for my 50K, I think I’ll be there in another two to three hours of drafting – but, first, a shower. =D

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