The Excel tells me I’ve had a fairly productive week. I wrote five of the past seven days, which is pretty good for me and my goal each week. I spent just 3.5 hours writing and got 4442 words out of those hours, which is a higher than usual ratio (should I nerd it out? Figure the ratio? Do the math? OK, 21.2 words per minute. Woo!) I’ve no idea what that means, but it seems like a positive development, so I’m congratulation myself.
In story terms, I started off in chapter three with Hannah. Honestly, I could have spent all week with Hannah. She seems to have more going on in act I than Pol (my male protagonist) does. I’d anticipated alternating chapters between the two protagonists, but now that I’m writing I don’t seem to naturally know where these chapter breaks are. Not a big issue really, as I can just write each character as long as I like then go back in afterwards and fit scene and chapter breaks where the story needs them.
It’s nice being back with Pol, as I was for the second half of the week. I tweeted Friday that having two main characters this time is nice, because it does feel really fresh when you switch from one to the other. It’s almost a built in writer’s block buster; and integral creativity enhancer. Then again, it’s also a bit disorienting after spending a week or two in one character’s head to try and find your way back into the other’s. I started Pol’s chapter thinking, “wait, who are you?”
This week’s forecast for writing looks pretty good. I should be able to get good words in Monday through Thursday, volunteering for the PNWA Friday, and this weekend is actually the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s annual conference, which I signed up for long ago and nearly forgot. I can’t get to Sunday’s sessions, but I’ll probably check it out Friday evening and Saturday.
Have a great and creative week!