A New First Scene

After too much dawdling, I finally began and wrote a new first scene for my main character. It’s the first time I have written something from his new and improved perspective, and I’m quite happy with it. So far, his voice and character are living up to the man I interviewed and always needed for this role.

Also, my Muse, far from being dead, is apparently alive and well, though maybe a bit miffed at how much attention I’ve been giving the Inner Editor lately. She decided to give me an early Christmas present in the form of Joss (a thinly-veiled nod to Joss Whedon of Buffy and Firefly fame? Maybe…), a character I had never even met until I started writing the scene, yet a highly potential comrade for my MC. As sceptical as I am of sidekick characters (Mat Cauthon to Rand al Thor, Robin to Batman, etc. Ok, Sam Gamgee I have a soft spot for, but I digress!) his voice was surprisingly strong, as well, so I can’t wait to see how he develops alongside Brenin, my main protagonist.

The scene came out to just over 1,000 words, bringing my overall wordcount up to about 9,500. It might be a little short, but I can always flesh it out later if need be, and for a rough draft, I’m happy with it.

Off to bed to begin dreaming Liora’s opening scene next. Happy writing!

A Bit of Progress

All right, so I don’t actually have any more words on the draft of SotS, but that’s because I had to get back into the world and look over the mess of files of cryptic notes I’d left myself.

The Kingkiller Chronicle

That’s not all, though! I did not merely while away my days reading notes (though there was a fair bit of procrastination thrown in there for good measure; it just wouldn’t be a writing day without procrastination). I actually wrote quite a bit of backstory in a character interview with my MC as well as a couple more scene cards to get his part of the story going.

I know, I know, I need to stop dithering over details, but I did need something to act as a springboard before I could dive back in. The rain we’ve been getting has put me in a writing mood, though, so maybe if I’m feeling particularly productive in the next five minutes, I’ll get around to writing more draft…

Yeah…

On a side note, I’ve just begun reading Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. It’s a little slow going right now, but I like it a lot. His writing is crisp yet eloquent, and there is just enough cliff-hanger-ness to keep me wanting to read more. If you haven’t heard of him, I recommend checking him out at his website.

Good News

So… it’s been a while.

I can’t believe my last post here was on September 11, and yet, it’s not so incredible, really. Now that I’m back at home for the Christmas break, I have to say I never want another semester like this past one ever again. Graduating in three years rather than four is definitely what is right for me at this point in my life, but unfortunately, such an abbreviated timeframe comes too often at the expense of my writing.

I don’t want to make excuses, since good writers don’t find time to write– they make it. But with 16 credit hours this semester, all of which included writing several essays as well as a mandatory 20 page research paper for my major, I was most definitely writing, just not on Shards of the Storm.

Despite my utter failure to progress with the draft this semester, I did have a couple of very helpful brainstorming sessions with one of my good friends, and I feel like I have a good sense of direction for where it needs to go from here. Additionally, I just received the exciting news that I have been accepted for a very competitive internship in Paris, France next summer; it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and I couldn’t be happier, though I already know that it will pose a big challenge to my writing discipline.

While I am nowhere near finishing the draft of SotS by December 31 as I had planned, I intend to spend much of my vacation catching up and doing what I can to revive my project. Rest assured, dear readers, that it has not been forgotten; my immediate obligations keep getting in the way. However, I’ve written enough here, so it’s back to the book!

What are your projects for this holiday season? Have any New Year’s resolutions already in the works?