Day 4: Who Knew That 15 Minutes a Day Could Be so Much Fun?

Old-Fashioned Typewriter, Purely Decorative
It Doesn’t Quite Work This Way for Me, At Least Not yet. I Can Keep Hope Think, Can’t I?

After doing some running around and accomplishing very little, I got to work here. Started to “get to know my protagonist” as more than a cardboard cutout. 15 minutes ended very quickly, but I had another pile to tackle.

I certainly sound different than I did yesterday.

Day 2: I Am Almost Overwhelmed with What I Need to Do estimate

I didn’t post anything here yesterday. I hate to in it, but I dropped the ball. It was day one (again) of the “30 Day, 15 Minutes a Day” writing challenge.

My only justification is that I could tell that it wasn’t working, but it took me a while to figure out WHY. It simply wasn’t a story. It was a series of loosely-connected events without a focus.

Things that seemed to help me figure what needed to happen included:

  • Moving from Microsoft Word to plain text, and finally moving each individual paragraph into Scrivener so I could move things around more easily. (I think this forced me to rethink the function of each paragraph…)
  • Yesterday I did more detailed character work. (When I reread it today, I realized that neither my protagonist nor my antagonist had any goals. Today, I am so overwhelmed. I really need to go back to the beginning.)
  • I need to add in sensory details.
  • And… I know this is sort of backward, rethink the outline.

These are not exactly steps. I tend to do all of these at the same time, thoroughly confusing myself in the meantime.

On the other hand, I did turn in the book review for my church’s newsletter.