Original fiction project – week of 1/11/2009

I will call this week’s writing effort more or less successful. I set a goal for TD that I didn’t quite finish, but, considering my mom had hip surgery this week and I had daughterly duties to attend to, this is not a sign the goal I originally set was too ambitious for a week.

My goal for the original fic project was to write at least 700 words of fictional prose in 7 installments of 100 words each, and I ended up writing 744 words in 4 installments of 137, 176, 138, and 293 words each (yes the last one was me scrabbling to get past 700 today).

One thing I had to do to accomplish what I did this week was whittle down my list of “outline notes”. My new plan was to write fictional prose blurbs choosing a single one-line scene idea (outline note) from a list and a single one-word prompt from a different list. I had about 206 outline-note sentences. But my new plan wasn’t working well because there were a lot of scenes “I just wasn’t ready to write yet.” It felt all over again like I was having writer’s block or just wasn’t interested enough to write the story.

Then I realized that the scenes I was having trouble writing were scenes I imagined coming much later in the story. Which means, yeah, I already have a vague plot for this story in my head, and I can’t write certain scenes until other ones are written first, ’cause they depend on the earlier stuff for essential details. So I cut down my working list of outline notes to just a subset I imagine will take place near the beginning of the story.

Once I had the list of earlier scene ideas to choose from, the writing was much easier, and I think my policy of “it’s all experimental, none of this will end up in the story if I don’t want it to” is working for me as well, for the time being.

I will work from the same goals this coming week.

15 thoughts on “Original fiction project – week of 1/11/2009

  1. It gets me writing, because I know all I have to do is meet that goal, and I can stop and do something else if I want. Usually I end up doing more.

  2. that’s the way Nano works for me there’s a site doing other prompt/goal things.
    too bad ficfrenzy seems to have fallen off to the wayside. it was something that let us write like mad for a month with no goals but the ones we set ourselves

  3. This is why I have a writing coach. Just to have someone to answer to so I’ll write already and not make excuses.

  4. I suppose that would be a good use for , encouraging each other’s goals. My difficulty using that comm is the requirement you post fic, which I’m not ready to do.

  5. That still requires “checking in” with a fiction blurb, right? I’m strictly in no-feedback mode right now. But a place where we could “whinge” about writing without posting fic and having to comment on other’s fic would be useful. It’s what I’m using these weekly check-ins in my own LJ for.

  6. i was going to post about it in my lj even before we got into this convo. We’ll see what kind of response I get. I’d be open to people rotating the prompts, in other words you offer up one from your books (or a picture etc) and next time someone else does

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