quote:Welcome to this week's Novel Support Group. Anyone can join. If you're new, tell us a bit about who you are and what project you are working on. Feel free to update the NSG Work in Progress thread with your current projects. Although we can report on any number of things, here is a list of suggestions (suggestions welcomed).
What were your goals last week and did you accomplish them? Describe what you worked on. Set goals for next week. Did you learn something during this week?
Here is a list of things that you can do each week as we work on our novels (suggestions welcomed).
Writing on a novel Characterization World Building Relevant research
As for me:
Last Week's Goals:
MAGE STORM: Think about what else I could do with this story. Still thinking.
THE SHAMAN'S CURSE/THE VOICE OF PROPHECY: Nothing for this week. Easy one.
BEYOND THE PROPHECY: Finish the final revisions. Begin formatting for pre-order. Final revisions finished. Formatting in hand. Starting polishing edit.
MAGIC'S WARRIOR (temporary working title of DUAL MAGICS Book 4): On hold for the revisions to BEYOND THE PROPHECY. Another easy one.
Really spend some quiet time developing the plot of Bartholomew Prinn.
Oh boy, did Fred and I do some work! Over the last week I’ve probably scribbled less than 100 words down on my scratch pad; but I’ve almost got a whole story sitting inside my head. My biggest problem last time was trying to make a story about someone with a phobia a little more ‘heavy-weight’ and shape it to explore a part of the human condition. After spending days letting random thoughts about character, plot, and premise collide and bump off each other in my head, suddenly, there was stillness in the “Ah-ha!” moment of my thoughts. Premise:Cowards die a thousand deaths.
The actual quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is: Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.
The point is that I have a premise shaped by plot and character; I now have to let that premise hone and polish plot and character to create a unified whole. I can now actually ‘see’ every major component of the story, plot, and nearly every moment of every scene as if I was watching a movie. I also have layers of depth and two recurring motifs that speak to the story’s premise. All in all, a good weeks work.
Last week I also started writing my first essay for Battle School—Why have a war at all? I thought I would start by defining what war is; inadvertently I opened up a Pandora’s box full of worms. This led me into a study of the philosophical ideas surrounding and concerning the nature of war and why we do it. And that isn’t anywhere I wanted to go. So, I’ll cherry-pick what I need and post a link to the article that got me all hot and bothered.
Goals for this week:
It’s time to fully develop Bartholomew Prinn’s character. I'm actually looking for that elusive catalyst which will turn coward into hero on a dime--and still make inevitable sense.
Block out my essay on Why have a war at all? and work on its implications in storytelling.
[ August 08, 2015, 06:39 AM: Message edited by: Grumpy old guy ]
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