Ready. Set. Write Update 28/7

It’s Monday again, and like the exact opposite of Garfield, I love Mondays, yay! It’s Ready. Set. Write! update day, and I’ve made quite some good progress this week, I believe, including a lot towards my total summer goal of ‘having a social life’, ie. going out and doing things, as opposed to sitting in front of my laptop every day.

Ready. Set. WRITE! is a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning, drafting, revising, or polishing. This year, your RSW hosts are Alison MillerJaime MorrowErin Funk, and Katy Upperman.


How I did on last week’s goals:

1. Reach at least the 50K mark for CampNaNoWriMo. Reached 56K so have officially managed to write over 50K in a month! The story is far from over, though. I have yet to write the main fight scene and a miniature one that occurs shortly after the extract.

2. More July WTCB work. A little bit. I’ve done more research, and have a list, but I need to wait. I know ‘H’ is taking priority at the moment, especially since I still do CampWriMo for the last days.

My goals for this week:

1. I’d like to write another 10K for ‘H’, even though CampWriMo finishes this week.

2. Dubai holiday, so no other goal for the time-being. I guess get my head back together would be one.

I went on a boat-trip today, and so snapped this map-table since it reminds me of Amelia's cartography table on the aerostat Cloud-Chaser.
I went on a boat-trip today, and so snapped this map-table since it reminds me of Amelia’s cartography table on the aerostat Cloud-Chaser.

A favourite recent paragraph from my project:

An extract from chapter 24, as Cathy and Jonathon prepare to rescue Alexander, despite the disagreement of Charles:

The parallel street stank of body fluids, but Cathy gathered her sleeve to her nose and paced onwards. She emerged and caught the edge of the factory wall, and, as expected, the mouth of a pipe extended.

She’d not expected the guard.

Cathy turned faint. The man, stripped into dark battle wear, but matched into the factory background, was slashing shapes through the air with his squat machete. In some moment of merciful bliss, this left no space on his rope-sling belt for another weapon…but the machete would carve Cathy’s belly open in one precise slash.

The biggest challenge I faced this week:

The most recent chapters are pretty static. I wouldn’t personally call them info-dump via dialogue, since the MC has to interact with a couple of people who take her change of manners two opposing ways. Yet, I’m having trouble with the action around the dialogue. Who’s showing apprehension, who’s being bolshie and whatnot.

Something I love about my WIP:

I’ve started daydreaming about my characters, which, whilst predictable in certain mood, is always a good sign. It’s always the Steampunky ones I daydream about, too. #unconscioustrends

Next week, I’ll be in Dubai and so no update then, but I hope to continue after that. I also hope to get some progress in my reading goals this coming week.

Ropes from the Lady Florence--I mean, The Cloud-Chaser. Sure. ;)
Ropes from the Lady Florence–I mean, The Cloud-Chaser. Sure. 😉


2 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write Update 28/7

  1. WOW! 56K in a month? I am in AWE! Go you! Also, I spent a lot of time this past week on a scene that involved a lot of reveals and info via dialogue. And I probably spent TOO much time on it because I didn’t need to get it just right right now. But I did. Silly inner editor. 🙂 Have fun in Dubai! And have a great week!

    1. *melodramatic bow* Hehe, thank you, but I happen to know a lot of writers who can writer double that in a month, so I’m just trying to catch up with these people. And my own mind 😛 Besides, I don’t have to go back to uni ’til September, so I have the time to scribble for NaNo!
      Dialogue (for me) is the easiest thing to write, and my mind says it should be the vessel of info 😛 I think I sometimes don’t spend enough time on scenes. My inner editor likes to glance over things, but it doesn’t concentrate on the words I fail to remember. I guess that’s good, but it’s definitely changed from how I used to write.
      You too! Thanks for popping by, too!

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