total words to date: 93,486
chapters revised: 26/27 (draft 5)
word count: 1471
Last month's goals:
- finish five antagonist chapters for EotF - 4/5 done
- finish EotF draft 5
submit at least one batch of poetry submit Blazing Princess work on Trinity Coven
Last week's goals:
250 secondary character submission
- finish EotF draft 5
This week's goals:
- sit butt in chair and write the dastardly chapter that's giving me trouble....
- read through new chapters before handing entire manuscript over to hubby for second reading
- work on EotF query letter
- write at least one new scene for TC
The final chapter/scenes I'm adding are an extension of the final battle in EotF. You see, currently it is rather anti-climatic. The POV character it is shown through avoids most of the fighting (my technique to avoid writing about it). Action, particularly battle, scenes are not a strong point for me. Quite the contrary. I am at a loss how to describe the battle and infuse that sense of danger and action. I have some minor skirmishes earlier in the book, some written better than others, but still obviously not my forte. Must be a disappointment to my hubby, who loves action and adventure. Heh. Anyway, yesterday I spent most of my time procrastinating writing the scene. I even skipped it and finished revising the last couple chapters. But now it is the only thing left. A hole in the book. Anyone have advice for writing battle scenes? Particularly ones with magic?
Fantasy book of the week: I recently finished "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. This one was a risk for me to pick up, at over 700 pages for a debut author. It came highly recommended though, and won the Quill Award. I usually don't take stock in the author blurbs on the back cover, but this one also had multiple pages of praise in the front, from so many varied and recognizable sources, that it was hard to ignore. I highly enjoyed this book. Rothfuss is an amazing storyteller. The voice is one I'd read/listen to at any time. Not only is the writing beautiful, but the story is strong. I was immersed in the depths of the world, and honestly care about the main character. I can't wait for the next two books of the trilogy to come out. Maybe someday my writing will be as powerful.
Good deed of the week: While walking home from an emergency 7-Eleven visit, a man came up to me and asked for help. He said he was from out of state, his dayplanner had been stolen, and he was out of gas. No one would take his out-of-state checks, and he'd been trying to get someone to help him all morning. His proposal: he would write a $20 check in exchange for $6 in cash for gas. All I had left on me at this time was a twenty dollar bill, so I simply gave him that without wanting anything in return. He was very surprised, and didn't want to take that much, but I insisted. He needed it more than me. It felt good to make his day a little better. :-)