fairytalewitch: (Writing)

| 161 Days |

  1. 4,928 words - The Craft of Plot (Coursera)
  2. 1,196 words - The Craft of Plot 
  3. 2,351 words - General writing studies
  4. 3,252 words - Mindmapped Minestrone & Murder; general writing studies
  5. 6,752 words - Worked on the mindmap for M&M
  6. 3,669 words - Worked on the mindmap for M&M
  7. 5,506 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Plot 
  8. 2,557 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Plot 
  9. 1,941 words - The Craft of Plot 
  10. 4,375 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M; The Craft of Character (Coursera)
  11. 890 words - The Craft of Character 
  12. 5,854 words - General writing studies; journal; worked on the mindmap for M&M; The Craft of Character 
  13. 2,751 words - Worked on the mindmap of M&M
  14. 5,859 words - Worked on mirroring the mindmap for M&M onto an app on my tablet so I can work anywhere
  15. 4,151 words - Worked on reviewing The Craft of Plot
  16. 3,600 words - General writing studies
  17. 2,050 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  18. 3,910 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  19. 3,473 words - General writing studies; mindmap for M&M
  20. 3,300 words - General writing studies; plotting for M&M
  21. 3,874 words - The Craft of Character
  22. 5,744 words - The Craft of Character
  23. 1,991 words - The Craft of Character; general writing studies
  24. 3,311 words - Changed my goal for the month from 50,000 words to 100,000 words
  25. 3,002 words - General writing studies; The Craft of Character
  26. 4,911 words - The Craft of Character; general writing studies
  27. 2,008 words - The Craft of Character
  28. 2,970 words - The Craft of Setting & Description (Coursera)
  29. 7,740 words - The Craft of Setting & Description; general writing studies
  30. 601 words - Outline of M&M

Books of April 2017
  1. Magic for Nothing, by Seanan McGuire
  2. Deadbeat, by Jim Butcher
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
Milieu: Blacktree
POV Character: Joseph "Richie" Matthews
Wordcount: 1,618 words

1,618 words. TW: Blood, death. )
fairytalewitch: (Stories)
Milieu: Blacktree
POV Character: Sophrosyne "Sophie" Knight
Wordcount: 3,569 words

Prompt: You've been hexed by a jilted lover. What did they hex you with? )
fairytalewitch: (Writing)
 
 
 

This is my planning process, as it stands right now and exists for this particular story. I’ve switched to using Google Docs so I can work on all the devices that we’ve got or at the library if it comes to that. It’s working pretty well for me.

First I take the rough idea for my story through the 7 Point Story Structure (hereafter referred to as 7PSS). I love the 7PSS. It makes sense to me and it’s the only way I’ve ever been able to successfully rough out a story. What you’re looking at is the “first draft” version. It’s not set in stone. It’ll definitely evolve beyond all recognition before I’m even a quarter of the way into the actual writing process. But it gets me started.

Google Docs has an add-on called, aptly enough, Highlight Tool. To get it click Add-Ons at the top of Google Docs, then Get Add-Ons, then look for Highlight Tool. Unfortunately the Add-Ons are in no particular order and rearrange themselves every time you open them, which drives me absolutely nuts. But Highlight Tool and a couple of similar Add-Ons are there if you don’t mind going digging for them.

That’s Highlight Tool on the right. In order to make my document easier to navigate I’ve created seven different highlighter colors: People, Places, Paranormal, Events, Institutions, Other, and Note to Self. Your highlighters will be different than mine. Once the highlighters were created I went through the document and highlighted the appropriate things.* Now the 7PSS is complete and looks like an Easter parade, and I can see at a glance who is involved, in what way, where, etc. From there I go down to the bottom of Highlighter Tool where it says Export Highlights and click By Color then choose New Document. Highlighter Tool will arrange the 7PSS according to the colors of the highlighters, starting with everything you haven’t highlighted then working down the categories alphabetically while leaving the original document intact.

And there you go. An organized, easy-to-follow outline. 😍

 

 

* This is particularly helpful to me because my eyesight is awful but I can clearly distinguish color. Hence everything of mine is color-coded, arranged by category, and/or alphabetized and I lose my shiznit if it gets changed.

fairytalewitch: (Writing)
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Books & Writing January 2017


Well. My writing year started off with a bang. On average I wrote 1,392 words per day, ending up with 143.85% of my original 30,000-word goal. That's taking into consideration all the days I only did my minimal of 500 words per day.This leads me to believe that for the rest of 2017 I could bump up my wordcount goals to 1,500 words per day.

I did a lot of character profiles from the Blacktree storyverse. I'm pretty sure I've got all the major characters that will be appearing in Unchained and some extra just in case. They're not 100% complete character profiles (there's no such thing) but they'll more than get me started.

Every now and then I took a stab at the world I've dubbed The Fairy Godmother Problem. I didn't focus on it but it was there to give my brain a bit of a rest while allowing me to make wordcount and feel productive. I'm almost sorry that this story is set in a fairy tale version of the 1600's because the phrase "bippity boppity fuck you" is awesome and I'll never get to use it. (At least, not in The Fairy Godmother Problem...)

To wrap up January I started working on the Seven Point Story Structure for Unchained. This will definitely be getting scrapped fairly early on but it's allowing me to get an idea of which characters are involved, what settings will come into play, and the aspects of worldbuilding I need to focus on for this particular story.

My streak of consecutive days writing was at 72 days at the end of the month. That's... damn....


January Reading
  1. Malice in Wonderland, by Lotus Rose
  2. A Red Rose Chain, by Seanan McGuire
  3. Indexing: Reflections, by Seanan McGuire (reread)
  4. In Sea Salt Tears, by Seanan McGuire
  5. Forbid the Sea, by Seanan McGuire
  6. No Sooner Met, by Seanan McGuire
  7. Once Broken Faith, by Seanan McGuire
  8. Feed, by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)
Um, I'm sure y'all are starting to see a pattern, here.

fairytalewitch: (Writing)
I'm currently working on two (massive) projects.

Solitaire: In an alternate Detroit where magic is legal but tightly regulated, Ava - an unlicensed witch - must right a wrong that she was tricked into committing, while dodging a pair of very determined Magical Law Enforcement "witch hunters."

The Fairy Godmother Problem is a fairy tale retelling in which the fairy "helpers" are actually the source of all woe. Vipers & Pearls is the first book of this series, running a riff on Charles Perrault's Diamonds & Toads. The protagonist is the "rude sister" who was cursed to spew forth toads, snakes, and frogs whenever she speaks. Yeah, this is gonna get wild.


🎉 Books & Writing: January 2017
💖 Books & Writing: February 2017
🍀 Books & Writing: March 2017 
Books & Writing: April 2017
🌷 Books & Writing: May 2017
🎡 Books & Writing: June 2017
🍉 Books & Writing: July 2017
fairytalewitch: (Writing)

| 72 Days |


This month I'm still going to be focusing more on research and character development than on word count. I'm setting the usual 1,000 word per day goal for myself, but at the very minimum I need 444 words per day to maintain a streak on 4thewords.

42. 2,175 words; finished one Blacktree character profile and made good progress on another; worked on the research index. Read Malice In Wonderland by Lotus Rose chapters 1-2.
43. 1,063 words; worked on Blacktree character profiles and the research index. Read A Red Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire chapters 1-8.
44. 514 words; pecked listlessly at a Blacktree character profile.
45. 578 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile, research pertinent to another Blacktree character.
46. 1,438 words; nearly finished the Blacktree character profile. Read Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire chapters 1-7.
47. 1,108 words; finished the Blacktree character profile, noodled on The Fairy Godmother Problem because I needed to shift gears.
48. 661 words; began a new Blacktree character profile. Finished reading Indexing: Reflections.
49. 556 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile, worked on unfucking my Pinterest. Finished reading A Red Rose Chain.
50. 1,074 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile I already know I'm going to have to completely redo dammit. Read "In Sea Salt Tears," "Forbid the Sea," and "No Sooner Met" by Seanan Mcguire.
51. 515 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile.
52. 1,502 words; revised and completed the Blacktree character profile; worked on unfucking my Pinterest. Read Malice In Wonderland chapters 3-6.
53. 1,062 words; worked on a Blacktree profile. Finished reading Malice in Wonderland.
54. 557 words; worked on a Blacktree profile. Read Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire chapters 1-11.
55. 5,301 words; worked on Blacktree profiles.
56. 2,025 words; still plugging away on Blacktree profiles. Finished reading Once Broken Faith.
57. 490 words; worked on a Blacktree profile. Worked on setting up my new tablet.
58. 726 words; worked on what has become the zero draft of Vipers & Pearls. and setting up my new tablet.
59. 1,082 words; worked on a Blacktree profile and setting up my new tablet.
60. 2,095 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile, the zero draft of Vipers & Pearls, Worked on setting up my new tablet.
61. 988 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile. Pretty much finished setting up my new tablet.
62. 543 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile. Read Feed by Mira Grant (chapters 1 - 12).
63. 1,195 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile. Finished reading Feed.
64. 1,520 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile.
65. 2,908 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile.
66. 984 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile.
67. 1,708 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile.
68. 492 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile.
69. 491 words; worked on a Blacktree character profile.
70. 3,398 words; finished the last profile I'm probably going to need for Unchained.
71. 992 words; worked on the Seven Point Story Structure for Unchained.
72. 3,395 words; worked on the Seven Point Story Structure for Unchained.
 
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