#WIPpet Wednesday – “We were just…!”

I almost decided not to post a WIPpet this week, since I’ve done very little writing, but I changed my mind. I might have got more done if the write-in I showed up to with a couple of writing friends last night had actually turned out to be a write-in, and not just a “let’s moan about how we’ve done no writing and we’re so uninspired” session. I had turned up with some ideas in my head that I wanted to get down on paper, so I was kinda cranky when that didn’t happen. And tonight I’ve had a few other things on my mind, plus a really inconvenient cut on the top of my right index finger which is making both writing and typing painful, so it still hasn’t happened. But I did find a bit that I had written during April that I can share today.

You may remember this scene from a few weeks ago where I started setting up some sexual tension between Grace (then known as Rosa) and Frederick Merrow… at the time, I neglected to mention that Frederick really ought not be doing that because he’s married to another woman. In the original plan, Frederick tried ending the affair and Grace freaked out, causing some magical havoc, but in the new version, it’s the other way around. Anyway, this bit still works either way and will probably stay very similar. Five paragraphs for the fifth month.

“So it’s you, is it?” she hissed. “I knew there was someone.”

“Mrs Merrow, I…”

“Did you think I was blind? That you could sneak around with my husband behind my back and I wouldn’t notice?”

“You don’t understand, we were –”

“Don’t lie to me!” Mrs Merrow shook her. “I saw you just now!”

The fun starts when Grace and Laura Merrow have to work together to stop Frederick from wreaking more havoc than usual. You can probably see why this idea might be met with little enthusiasm from either of them.

I gave myself a week off uni work this past week, but I do now have two weeks in which to research, draft and polish a 3000 word final paper. So some quick goals for the week:

  • Decide on an essay topic
  • Email lecturer with initial choice of essay question and plans of approach
  • Find five books and five journal articles relevant to the topic
  • Write something resembling an essay plan
  • Reach at least 1500 words
  • Read for half an hour a day (on average)
  • Write for half an hour a day (on average)
  • Visit at least 50% of WIPpeteers

Please feel free to join in on WIPpet Wednesday at the linky. All you need to do is post an excerpt from your WIP that somehow relates to the date. I’m going to rush off now because I’m rather sleepy, but I’ll see you all soon!

~ Emily


13 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday – “We were just…!”

  1. shanjeniah says:

    There just isn’t any way for them working together to be less than chaotic and confrontational, I’m guessing. Eager to see where this goes (I intensely dislike confrontation in real life, but adore it in fiction, which, let’s face it, wouldn’t be much without it!).

    May your finger heal quickly – I’ve been there, and it just sucks to have the ideas, but so much pain when trying to get them out where you can see the words that make them…ugh!

    As for the write-in, our local group does 20 minute sprints, followed by 20 minutes of chatter. Sometimes we alter that a bit, but, for the most part, it seems to give us a nice balance of community and accountability…and the quest for having all the set timers go off together! =)

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  2. Eden says:

    Sounds like your write-in group needs to do some BICHOK time even if they have no ideas. (or rather think they don’t). Writing gets writing…

    For your owy- finger, maybe do some voice recognition sstory writing? Just talk into your PC/smartphone (the free Dragon dictation on a phone works pretty good). Maybe it won’t be the best story, but, it’ll be something. I mean, these ladies have some plans to make and execute… you aren’t just going to leave them there, are you?


    • Emily Witt says:

      I definitely agree on the BICHOK (which I just had to google, haha, but will now remember). My group does have the issue of being full of writers who are full of ideas but actually getting an idea completely down on paper from beginning to end is a challenge. They were really surprised to learn that I actually have a completed work that’s currently getting its cover designed.

      The finger is much less tender today, thankfully, and I fully intend to get these ladies reunited today. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to get a bit more anti-social and not feel bad about taking my tea-break somewhere other than the tearoom so there’s no one to distract me.

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  3. Amy says:

    Ha! I love the idea of them having to work together. Sounds like they both know he’s up to no good but aren’t ready to admit they have that in common. I have to say, I think I’d have started out like Laura Merrow as well, but hopefully she’ll soften.


  4. Pax Asteriae says:

    Good luck with your goals, and I hope your finger is feeling better! Cuts on finger-pads are an utter nightmare.

    I love the snippet, it’s so intriguing and the premise itself sounds great too: I absolutely love the idea of them having to work together to deal with him!


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