#ROW80 and #WIPpet Wednesday

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It’s nearly half-past nine here and it’s been kind of a long day, so I’ll try to keep this brief. On the writing front, there hasn’t been too much obvious action this past week, but I have been thinking about my WIPs. It occurred to me that since I pulled out of Camp NaNo, I might as well bring my August goals forward, so the other night I started re-reading what I wrote on the AMCF sequel, An Eventual Happily Ever After, during NaNo last November.

Shan mentioned in a comment on my WIPpet post last week a book called Rock Your Plot, which I decided to make the $3 investment in, and it’s given me a fair bit to think about in terms of both my WIPs (AEHEA and Unicorn Love). I think the thing that really stuck out to me is that I need to really up the stakes in the middle third and into the last third of both stories. So that’s what I’m trying to work out with both of them at the moment. I could probably have made more progress with this if I hadn’t been so lazy (and/or distracted by reading) the last couple of days (actually, last night, I was just plain exhausted; I fell asleep at 7:30, and apart from a couple of short periods of wakefulness, pretty much slept through the night).

To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure when I’ll really be able to properly sit down with it again. Choir starts back tomorrow (it’s been a long two months since The Crucible finished; I’m really looking forward to working towards a performance again, even if I don’t have any kind of speaking role in this one) and on Friday I’ll be making my own birthday cake and organising other things for my birthday party, which is on Saturday. Yay birthday! I’ll be celebrating the end of my first quarter of a century. Anyway, so maybe with the new week will come some more steady writing time.
wednesdaybannerAnyways, in the interests of moving this post along, onto WIPpet Wednesday. For those not in the know, WIPpet Wednesday is when a bunch of us share an excerpt from our WIPs that somehow relate to the date and link up here. Our ranks are beginning to swell to the point where I can no longer really get around to everyone and feel a bit bad about it, but I think between us all we manage to give everyone lots of support.

Since I haven’t actually written anything this week, I’msharing 45 words from AEHEA today. My math is 45/2 =… almost 23? Basically I re-read this line the other day and liked it and so I’m sharing it so ner. You may remember a couple of months ago, I posted an excerpt in which Ginny was bemoaning the fact that everyone’s expecting her to get married and that the Royal Family had picked out an ideal guy for her. This it is from the opening scene when she’s whining to Sir Aidan, the Captain of Prince Felipe’s Guard, and also one of her good friends.

Sir Aidan sat down on the bench next to Ginny and gave her shoulder a friendly nudge with his own. “Meet with him tonight. I promise to be here to commiserate in the morning if he turns out to be as awful as you fear.”

And with that, I am off to bed. I’ll try to get around to your posts on the weekend, but as I said, it’s a bit hectic, so we’ll see! Cheers!

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22 thoughts on “#ROW80 and #WIPpet Wednesday

  1. kathils says:

    I’m going to have to read Rock Your Plot. Maybe it will help sort me out.

    I love this little bit because it’s very telling about their relationship. A lot can be shown in a few simple gestures and words.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I think it was worth it even just to get me thinking about parts of my plot and my characters I hadn’t thought of before (I’m mostly a pantser, but at the same time, would like a bit more of a system with regards to character profiles and such).

      Thanks! 🙂 I really enjoy their friendship.

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  2. rosedandrea says:

    Ooh, a birthday! I love birthdays. I hope you have fun. 🙂

    All of us thought givers are in accord. We all love this little snippet and the peek into a good friendship. You’ve got a good thing goin’ here.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks! I’m having a kids party, with hats, whistles, pass-the-parcel and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and all that sort of thing. And ice-cream cake. Om nom nom.

      My favourite thing about Ginny and Sir Aidan is that they just stay friends through the whole thing. He’s kind of her cool older brother/uncle.

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      • rosedandrea says:

        Wow, that sounds awesome. Wish I could come. 🙂

        I really like the idea of friends who just stay friends. Too many times a book or movie will try to spice up the story line by adding in a best friend who’s secretly in love with the main character. A good friend, however, can help your mc figure out problems, or tell them their being overly dramatic and to calm the heck down. lol Way more useful to a writer (I think).

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      • Emily Witt says:

        I hate the best friend secretly in love with the MC plot! It reinforces the idea that two people of the opposite sex can’t be just friends (unless the guy is gay, of course :\). Also since it’s usually a male best friend, the idea that guys are only out for one thing.

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  3. shanjeniah says:

    Happy Birthday, Emily! Mine’s Tuesday. I don’t have parties, but I have tentative plans with Eden, and there may be carrot cake involved. And maybe swimming, too…

    I like Ginny, and this is a sweet bit to read as I’m writing a similar and yet not scene.

    Glad you like the book. I don’t usually recommend specific books, because what works for me may not for others, but the price for this one is so low that it’s not much of a loss, if it’s not for someone. I also bought Rock Your Revsions, and am finding it useful, too.

    May your planning and plotting lead to better stories! =D

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I swing between having parties and not. Last year, it was on a Friday so a group of friends and I all just caught up at the pub that night for some drinks.

      I’m glad Ginny is proving so popular. She’s a fun character to write. 🙂

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      • shanjeniah says:

        I used to enjoy the occasional party – but since 2003, I just -well, can’t. My birthday is on the 29th, and our baby son died on the 25th. It’s just too close to make that shift in four days.

        I’d planned a big day of moving for tomorrow, but the weekend sidelined me with food poisoning, and I’m only now starting to feel able to do anything again. So, I’ll be playing it by ear, I guess.

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  4. stephseclecticinterests says:

    Exhaustion is not fun. It certainly makes it hard to write.
    I didn’t come anywhere near my word count the last time I went to Camp NaNo, but this time I’m actually on track. One of these years I will dive into NaNoWriMo for real. 🙂
    At any rate . . . I like the portion of writing you shared. It says so much about the characters’ relationship even if one hasn’t been following your posts.
    All the best. I hope you enjoy the rest of the week.

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  5. Kristen says:

    Great excerpt! I’m probably just echoing other posters by agreeing that m/f friendships (the real kind, with no strings or secret crushes) in a book are awesome, but it’s true.
    So cool to see what other people are working on!

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  6. ReGi McClain says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

    That certainly is a sweet moment. Is it awful of me to start rooting for the friend to become the beau? Or is the captain of the guard in a fatherly-friend type position?

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    • Emily Witt says:

      When I was first nutting out this story, I did consider going that way, and there are times when it feels like they’re pulling me in that direction, but he is a bit older than her (10 years or so) and ultimately I think it would be a bit weird (says the girl whose boyfriend is 11 years older than her, but I stand by my choice)

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  7. Elizabeth Anne Mitchell says:

    Lovely little glimpse into the friendship, and I like the real (no hidden agenda) friendship. Sometimes my characters argue with me (and make sleeping sheer hell), but sometimes they agree with my vision. 🙂

    And very happy birthday!

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  8. Eden Mabee says:

    A very happy birthday (today in NYS it’s your birthday, but… you’re probably sleeping off the cake and ice cream over on your side of the planet now).

    You’re so right about character friendships. I have a few of those too (albeit one started with a sexual attraction that turned into a deeply platonic love for each other). They really help us develop our characters in rich ways. Looking forward to seeing more of Sir Aiden.

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