Friday, August 1, 2014
July was a pretty good month.
I completed 30k of a fantasy novel, which included The Dreaded Prologue™, but in this case the prologue totally made sense because the book is about two characters who are 1. in the prologue and 2. directly affected by the...inciting event? that happened there. Inciting event is probably the wrong term, because it's supposed to be the kick in the ass your main character gets, and while what happens certainly was a kick in the ass, it wasn't the kind everybody's talking about.
The writing workshop went well. Not everybody was finding the time to write at home, and/or were having troubles, so for most of the month we did writing prompts, talked about Important Writing Things™, etc. In the last two sessions, though, we brought work from home, read it out lout, and mini-crititqued it. Answered the "would you keep reading?" question. That kind of thing. I'm going to run another workshop in November, for real National Novel Writing Month, with an eye towards people starting a longer work and adding to it throughout the month. Kind of what Camp was, but not really.
So what now?
Obviously my fantasy novel isn't done. Not at 30k, and not story wise. However, I think I'm going to follow my typicaly MO and "put it to bed" for now. Maybe I'll finish reading and editing and tweaking The Last Song so I can send it to Kelly, or maybe I'll fully finish my April novel, because of course I didn't finish it yet, though it's so very close, and I have to figure out how my Claudio stand in is going to die.
Oh yeah, and at least one of my Twitter buddies has said I should definitely keep going with Klara and the Clockwork Djinn, so I'll work on installment two and post that...eventually. Our goal is to motivate each other, and set a post date. So if I get done early, I guess I'll keep working on the serial installments. Maybe do one a month? That's downright Dickensian! We'll see.