So you know that moment where you realise your side characters and their subplot are far more interesting than your main characters and decide to write about them instead? Yeah, that happened to me on Monday night. I had a very unsuccessful writing session on my lunchbreak and decided I needed to take a break from Lotte and Henri… so I thought I would consider Jameson and Mireille and their backstory for a while… I was going to do it in the form of a short story, but then I wrote 1607 words in the space of an hour and a half, and that was only an opening scene in which they meet! They’re on opposite sides of a war at the moment, so there needs to be learning to trust one another, and bonding and betrayal of country and then betrayal of each other and all that good stuff.
So, yes, guess what my WIP is now? It feels good, though, having a solid idea to work with, and knowing that I’m getting somewhere. I’m vaguely worried that I’m going to be plagued with gender stereotypes, but I’m trying to ignore that fact at the moment.
Anyway, other things I have learned this week: yWriter is great for planning, but I think I need to write my actual WIPs just in one big Word document, and leave gaps with big red letters saying “I HAVE LEFT A SECTION HERE AND NEED TO COME BACK TO IT” when I get stuck. I think that is where I got stuck with Lotte and Henri’s story, I had a great plan, and lots of character bios and stuff, but trying to divide the story up into chapters and scenes as I went along interuppted my flow. I’m actually going to print out all the plans and notes and stuff and keep aside for later, since I’m going to be working on the other story for now, and yWriter does create a lot of folders to store everything, and they’re all over my “Stories” folder and kind of annoying. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my My Documents folder.
I’ve been trying to get a bit done on Mondule 2 of Andrew Jobling’s One Word at a Time course, which I mentioned a few posts ago that I had signed up for. I’m… not that enthusiastic about it, to be honest. I figured out tonight that I think that’s because he’s a motivational speaker first and foremost and writes like one. The course is about getting you in the right mindset to write a novel, which is somewhere I already am. I’ve got one manuscript at the editing stage, and another story ready to go. I know I can do it. I find the ROW80 community a lot more helpful when it comes to needing the encouragement to keep going, I guess because we all have a common goal, it’s not a generic module that’s sent to everyone in exchange for a fee. I’ll see the thing through, of course, but I’m glad I got such a good deal on it (I only paid 20% of the usual fee).
On that note, I feel a bit bad as I don’t think I commented on a single ROW80 check-in from last Sunday. I have this thing about not commenting unless I actually have something useful to say, and this week, I just didn’t feel like I could contribute much at all. I don’t know why. 😦 Will definitely try to make this up in the second half of the week.
Anyways, I guess that is all I have for this week. Catch you all again on Sunday. 🙂