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#FirstDraft120: Only Nine Days Left! | #amwriting

Sunday, January 22, 2017

fd120-time-to-writeI’ve gotten in a bad habit of not posting here regularly, and that’s on my list of goals I need to revisit and do better with in 2017. Just like doing something writing related for an hour each day. I’ve done okay with that revised FD120 goal—I’ve spent a lot of time revisiting and revising/updating my OneNote Notebooks, working on character development for some characters I’ve had ideas for, and so on.

Tonight, as I’m sitting here watching the second episode of Victoria on PBS, it reminded me of one of the old ideas that I hadn’t yet revisited—and one that I really think I need to spend some time with this week: The Pembroke Legacy, a sequel series to The Ransome Trilogy.

I wrote the proposal for this series back in 2010, when I was finishing up the manuscript for Ransome’s Quest. When my publisher passed on it—not wanting to publish another continuing-story series, I regrouped and came up with the ideas for what would become Follow the Heart and An Honest Heart. All I ever did with the idea for this sequel to Ransome was to write the epilogue that appears at the end of Ransome’s Quest and touches upon a few of the ideas I developed in the proposal.

So, now almost seven years later, as I watch Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell waltzing on my screen, I’ve dug down into the (electronic) archives and dusted off the proposal and other files I’d created (character lists/castings) and have created a OneNote notebook for it which I am in the process of transcribing everything into.

As we enter the last nine days of the FirstDraft120 challenge, I’m going to see where diving into this proposal will take me.

How is your writing going? What are you working on? What can you do for the remainder of the month to build momentum that will keep you motivated to write for the rest of 2017?

  1. Sarah Madelin permalink
    Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:45 pm

    I always get excited to see a post from you! Glad you’re feeling inspired. I can see how Rufus Sewell would spark some creative ideas!

    My 2017 has started off a little slower than I’d hoped, but I have made good progress on one project that I haven’t really talked about on here. I’ve been close to finishing the first draft of my second novel for the last couple of months. I kept getting sidetracked, but something clicked just before Christmas and I’ve been pushing through the final scenes ever since. I’m two chapters from wrapping it up! So while my goals for the 120 days shifted quite a bit, I am going to come away from this experience with a completed work, and I owe quite a bit to the encouragement of being part of this group effort here on your blog. Thank you for hosting it and for posting such honest and inspiring content. I’m thankful I’ve been able to join in!

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  2. Lori permalink
    Monday, January 23, 2017 10:20 am

    I always enjoy reading your posts. I may not always respond, but I read them.



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