Snowy midweek #ROW80 check-in

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Well, the weather outside is frightful, but I have tea, a pile of blankets, and a fluffy white cat, so I’m snuggled up indoors and busily writing.

Some days the magic in a manuscript just works, and I’ve been fortunate to have a couple days like that so far this week. Words were flying from my fingertips Monday and Tuesday, so I’m just a few words short of my word-count goal for the entire week—and that’s only from two days worth of writing. I’m at that point in the story where the action is building, so maybe I’m just excited to reach the climax of the story. Who knows. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.

Last week I blogged about getting to know your villain. Something has happened in this WIP that’s never happened before. I have two villains, and I actually like one of them. He’s got the strongest voice of any of the characters—snappy and wry and quick with the comebacks. His motivations, his desires, his thinking processes are clearer to me than any of the other characters, and his back story is pretty fascinating. He’s rather unpredictable, but that’s part of the fun. But what do you do when you have a cheeky villain who always steals the spotlight?

Meanwhile, I’m still trying to get to know my hero and heroine. I feel like I don’t know as much about their normal, everyday lives—before goblins and warlock curses turned their world upside-down—as I should at this point. On the one hand, I don’t want to halt the progress I’m making with the story, and as the characters get deeper into the action, they’re revealing themselves to me. I see it this way: Much of what I’m learning as I write this first draft will influence how I revise the story. So I’ll just keep plugging away. In any case, I have a feeling that I’ll be doing lots of character exercises in the coming months to really make this story sing.

On a very snowy day in Virginia, here’s my midweek #ROW80 check-in. Stay warm and safe out there, everyone!

ROW80Logocopy1.) Finish a draft of “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic”: 2,700 to 3,000 words per week. Wrote 2,683 words Monday and Tuesday, so I’m on for this week. With some luck and elbow grease, I’ll have a finished draft of my first paranormal romance novella within a few weeks!

2.) Read to hone my craft. Reading chapter 7 in Julia Cameron’s “Walking in this World.” It’s all about flow and discovering a sense of momentum, so I’m trying to soak up as much of her wisdom as possible.

3.) Blog at least two times a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. On target so far.

4.) Check in on Twitter daily and on WANA Tribe at least once/week. Yes on Twitter. Not yet on WANA Tribe.

5.) Comment on 5-6 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. On track so far.

6.) Super-secret project: Write two articles/posts each week for that project. Nothing yet, since I’ve been caught up in WIP.

A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80), founded by author Kait Nolan, is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to cheer on fellow participants, or check out the #ROW80 hashtag on Twitter.

What about you? Is the weather frightful where you live? How are your writing goals coming along this month? And do you ever find yourself still getting acquainted with your characters well into the first draft?

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15 thoughts on “Snowy midweek #ROW80 check-in

  1. you are right up there doing well with your goals – we are drowning over here in UK and the wind is howling outside:( but like you, warm, cat and a cuppa – all the best:)

    1. I saw pictures. I hope everyone is safe! We’re being pummeled by snow and ice in the states (thankfully, just the snow in my region). Thankfully, I work from home so I didn’t have to worry about driving, and hubby was able to take the bus home without any major problems, just some time delays.

      Take care, Alberta! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. It’s chilly here in Texas. I’ve been wearing a scarf, beret, & fingerless gloves to type!

    How great that you have a likable villain! I think that’s a good thing. I recently saw the 2nd Thor movie and afterwards realized that I rather like the villainous Loki despite all his flaws.

    I’m curious about this Julia Cameron book that you mention. I’ve not read it, but I like her.

    1. I haven’t seen the second Thor movie yet, but I can see how Loki could be a likeable character. Villains who aren’t merely “evil” but rather misguided can sometimes be redeemed–and I think the potential of redemption can be a powerful force in a story.

      “Walking in this World” is basically a follow-up to her book “The Artist’s Way.” I think that one is more well known. I can’t say that I’m getting as much out of this one, but it’s still been beneficial. If you ever read it, I’d be curious to hear what you think of it.

  3. Winter has yet to arrive here in Germany this year — so weird!

    Congrats on your word counts! I’m not operating that way at the moment, since I have so many projects going at once, and the main thing is to finish them, But I always loved the sense of accomplishment word count goals give you. 🙂

    1. This is our first “real” snow this winter. We’ve had a couple inches here and there, but nothing like this one. Areas further north of us have been getting pounded by snow all winter, though, so I bet they’re ready for a break!

      Thanks, Ruth. Once I get to the revising stage, word counts won’t really be useful to me, but they help me keep my momentum when I’m working on a first draft. 🙂

  4. It’s not snowy here, but the weather is awful. Very windy, cold and wet. One of my sister’s neighbours got knocked down by a falling wheelie bin and hit his head on a car – it’s been that windy! Poor guy.

    It certainly sounds like a super productive week for you and I definitely agree with the continuing to write and just see where things go. It seems the story is just taking care of itself 😀

    1. Whoa. I hope he was okay. The town where I live now is so windy that sometimes you literally can’t walk into the wind. It will blow so hard you just can’t push through it anymore. Fortunately, no wind today, just lots of snow. And we’ve been spared the ice so far, thankfully.

      Yes, let’s hope it continues this smoothly. 🙂

      1. My nephew kept saying “there was blood on his head!” but he seemed OK, apparently. His wife told him off for going outside and she took over from there. Doesn’t sound fun if you can’t walk in it at all though! How on earth do you get anywhere?

      2. Glad he was okay.

        Fortunately, it’s not always that windy, but it can be. Sometimes you just stop for a breath and try to push through. We seem to have certain spots in town that are wind vortexes. 🙂

  5. I think great villains do steal the show. Loki, Ursula, Doofenshmirtz, and many more do. I think that just means you made a great, top of the line, villain. 🙂

    Your fifth goal makes my eyes bug out. I can barely keep up with my subscribed blog reading, let alone find time to comment on 5-6 of them. I tend to over think and delete and rewrite comments… Sometimes I go to comment and end up not (after deleting 3 possible ones).

    Keep up the good work. 🙂

    1. Yeah, this guy just has that something special as a villain, I suppose.

      It is taking longer than I thought, but I really want to get out there and provide support for other writers on their blogs. I remember when I first started out blogging, I would worry if no one commented on a post I wrote, so I’d like others to feel encouraged. Like you, I put lots of thought into the comments I write. The worst is writing a comment and clicking submit, only to have it sucked into a cyber-vortex, never to return.

      Thanks, Gloria!

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