Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday Tally, MMO dream, and Writing meme

Status of my novel

total words to date: 60,544
pages: 262
completed chapters: 11

Last week's goals:
  • keep working on 100 day challenge - did good
  • be ready for WW meeting - couldn't find usb cord for printer, but Liz came to the rescue and printed pages for me.
  • put excerpt on website - it's up! read it here
  • two new scenes for WIP - wrote two and a half

Goals for this week:

  • keep working on 100 day challenge
  • finish chapter 12
  • finish storyboarding ch. 13
  • make a plotboard for Mirror so I can see better where it's unbalanced and how to fix it
I had an odd dream last night. A couple was late to their own wedding because they were busy playing an MMO. Once they showed up, they rushed through everything because they were merely AFK and wanted to get back to the game. I hope no one out there is that addicted to a video game! Hopefully the couple's commitment to each other rivals their commitment to the game.

The Wilcox Writers meeting went great. Five of us were able to make it. We went to Golden Corral, where we took our time eating while we talked and read each others writing. I brought the first three pages of Mirror, and everyone thought it was a good start to the story.

I'll end this post with a Writing Meme - started by Kelly McCullough over at Wyrdsmiths.

What do you find ______ about writing?

Hardest? Showing the passage of time. Big weakness I struggle through. This is the main reason I have to rework the last part of Mirror.
Easiest? Coming up with new story ideas.
Most fun? Writing the scenes I've pictured so many times in my head.
Most tedious? Completely rewriting those scenes that I botched so badly the first time.
Coolest? Worldbuilding. It is so cool to create a land and magic and creatures and see them come to life through my writing.
Least cool? Having to stop a great writing flow mid-scene and do research - how long would it take to get from A to B; is there an herbalistic treatment to hypothermia; and other plot related issues that I can't just note and say look this up later.
Best? Having my readers (few that they are) say they connect with my characters and are emotionally moved when they read my story.
Worst? Writers block - wanting to write, but the brain is blank, the words just won't come. I can't call that the hardest, 'cause staring at a blank screen or unmoving cursor isn't hard, it's just awful.


  1. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for stopping by Wyrdsmiths, and I totally agree on the passage of time, it can be really miserable to deal with.

  2. Glad I found this blog today. Enjoyed the read. Keep on writing!

    Here comes an invitation to visit my blog--this week if possible--as my "Spotlight the Youth" contest ends Friday, and lots of votes are needed to make it work. So please spread the word.

    Thanks so much

  3. interesting dream...the video game addictions are a real concern! Let's all try to balance reality (and the truly important stuff)with our fun and games.

  4. Kelly: Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear someone can relate to the time trouble.

    Anne: Glad you found me. You're welcome back anytime. I'll definitely spread the word on voting come Friday.

    jvjw/Mom: I completely agree. Games are fun, but like all things should be done in moderation.