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#FirstDraft60 Day 34 — Sunday Story Reflections

Sunday, October 4, 2015

#FirstDraft60 | KayeDacus.comOn Sundays, we take a moment to step back and think about our writing from a wider view. In order to do that, I’ll post some guided questions—feel free to answer them here with as much or little detail as you’d like; or answer them on your own blog or on Facebook. Or just write the answers down in a private journal or notebook. The important thing is to actually think through and write down your answers.

Because we’re now in the writing portion of the challenge, there will be a much narrower focus to the question(s) posed—and we’re going to turn that focus onto the story itself.

Reflections for Day 34

  • What have you learned about your main characters so far?
  • Are your characters staying on track, or have you already had to make revision notes in your Story Bible for things that will need to change in the revision process for the second draft?
  • Do you still look forward to spending time with your characters every day?

I look forward to seeing your answers and will be posting mine soon. And don’t forget to check in with your word-count progress!

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  1. Sunday, October 4, 2015 8:49 pm

    To hit my goal of 75,000 words by October 30, I need to have written at least 10,000 words by the end of the day today. With the already existing words written before I started this, which I’ve now gone through, taken notes from, and made some revisions to (and made more notes of things to change in the second-draft stage), I’m currently sitting at 9,906 words. And that doesn’t include what I wrote longhand today, so I might actually be a little over that 10,000-word mark by the end of the day, once I get that all typed in here in a minute.

    What I’ve learned about my characters in the past few days of reading/revising the existing chapters is that I’d originally planned for my heroine to have had an accident in which she sustained a brain injury that affected the language center of her brain—based on an article about neurolinguistics in which they’ve discovered that the part of the brain that recognizes language for reading/writing is not necessarily the same part that recognizes/formulates language for speech. So I was going to have this be an issue for my heroine and since the hero’s a linguist . . . But now that just seems overly complicated, so I’ve made notes in the revisions section of my Story Bible to take that part out. I’ve also made notes on everything I’ll need to change in the second-draft stage in her reactions to meeting the hero for the first time, based on the new backstory information I learned about her after having written those scenes several months ago.

    And yes, I’m still at the point at which I look forward to working with my characters daily.

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  2. Monday, October 5, 2015 9:32 am

    I’ve written nearly 2,000 words so far. I wish I could’ve gotten more done, but considering I work 60 hours a week (2 jobs) and Sunday is my only real long day to write, it just didn’t happen because of other things that really needed my attention. But, while writing on Friday night, I discovered that my heroine, Kate is a very curious gal. She won’t take no for an answer. She’s a cross between a Lost Soul and being a Spunky Kid.

    On Sunday night, I did work on my Storyboard and while researching my setting, I discovered some things that will work for some plot twists. I was happy with that discovery! And my antagonist isn’t as evil as I first intended. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

    I’m behind by 2,000 words if I stick to the 1k1h. Of course, if I can write more than that, I’ll be happy. I don’t usually write long-hand (used to, not now), so perhaps while taking a break tonight at work, I’ll grab my notebook and start scribbling. Who knows, I might get caught up!

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