It’s so nice to be able to check in and say that I’ve actually made some progress! I’ve gotten about three pages of one-paragraph scene summaries. I’ve also made some appropriate changes to my opening scene and switched around some POVs. I’ve fixed some of the areas in which Oz was being too closed off, which makes me happy. I’ve been meeting regularly with girls from my critique group to get writing done and it’s yielded many a productive conversation working through different problems I was having with the story. I’m just really pleased because I’m start to feel more like I’m working toward the end product than just doggy-paddling through the shallow end.
My biggest challenge right now is translating my scenes into chapters. I wrote about 1000 words yesterday (huzzah!) but I felt like they had NaNo syndrome where I was just busting out the word count without having any real purpose behind the words. So, the scene I worked on yesterday fell flat, to me. That’s definitely what I want to work on going forward is adding more dimension to my scenes. I also want to add more dialogue instead of relying so heavily on narrative. Oz is a bit more difficult in that respect because he’s so withdrawn but Annie has no excuses. C’mon, Annie. Work with me.
That’s really all I have for this check-in! I’ve been much more on track recently and I feel like the past month or so has been full of small victories even if more challenges continue to present themselves. Basically, I’m pretty proud of myself for what I have accomplished. I actually didn’t dread having to check-in this month. 😉
In other news, we have a winner of the giveaway I posted last week! Alyssa Hollingsworth won the autographed copy of A.B. Harms’ Bewildered and a synopsis critique! Congratulations!
Until next time,