Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chapter 6: Call to Arms - Status Update 5

So, my back went out two Sundays ago and then I had family in from out of state.  I didn't get any writing while my back was out (hard to write if you have to hold your laptop above you while lying in bed).  I got in some writing time today, so this chapter is progressing again.  I'm past the scenes that were giving me a lot of static and my pace has picked up.  Family is still in town and tomorrow night is our weekly Pathfinder game, so Wednesday will be my next writing night.  Conveniently, this has become my regular writing night, so that will dove-tail nicely.

Current word count: 41,196 words

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chapter 6: Call to Arms - Status Update 4

Last week I was able to get another day of writing in and pushed into a set of scenes that is difficult to write for two reasons: 1) it wasn't part of the original outline so I have a one sentence bullet point to go off of and 2) people are going to die, several of whom happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  That last point is as obstructive (I may have created a new word there) as the first point.  People dying is something that is happening in the story, but it's not what the story is about and I don't really want to go any deeper than I need to, but it needs to happen.  I think I'm going to wimp out and have the thing happen of stage between a shift in perspectives.  I may be just thinking out loud here at the moment.

This week, writing will be thin as my back went out this past Sunday and I've spent most of the week so far on my back.  By the time this posts, I'll be back at work for the first time this week and hope to make it the whole day without needing too much pain medicine.  I do have to drive 45 minutes there and back, so I'm sticking to the over the counter stuff.  It's been doing the job so far - as long as I work within my current health limits.  My mom is flying in next week for Memorial Day weekend and it has been nearly a year since last time I saw her.  I'd like to be as near to healthy then as I can get.

Current word count: 38,757 words

After the current scene, I have the beginnings of revelations on who is behind the uprisings.  Clues are discovered and links are made.  Chapter 7 will be the turning of the tide and things will start happening quick there.

I currently have one scene in my list of "Scenes I Need to Add After the First Draft Is Done".  I have no doubt there will be more, but I'm pushing on to complete the first draft before going back to insert new material.

That's it for now.  Later!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Chapter 6: Call to Arms - Status Update 3

On my lunch time, so I have to be quick.  Most of the way through a long military scene and my writing is picking up some steam.  This weekend is busy with two games and helping a friend pack his deceased mother's belongings.

Word Count: 37,497 words

How much detail should be in a scene where the nominal protagonists have to attack an enemy supply depot?  Should the killing happen off screen, on screen, or both?

I'm currently favoring off screen as the actual killing is not critical to the story itself.  I find using Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising to be a good touchstone for things like this.  What are your thoughts?

Also, Happy Star Wars Day!