The Weeks Wear By

13 July 2013

The first week of Actually Finishing Something [in] July, to my surprise, went remarkably well. It's fun to be getting back into Rifles again and to plot new ideas for scenes. I was so busy before that I didn't realize I'd missed it until I came back. It's like reuniting with old friends — but I would warn against reading the early pages of your manuscript. If I spend too much time there, I get into an editing fit and want to rewrite it all right then and there. ...But I covered all of that in this post. So, without further ado, let us get on to the second week's questionnaire!

week two questions

1) How time flies! Did you reach your weekly goal?

Yes, I did! My goal this week was to organize all the chapters that have yet to be written and fit Kenneth's scenes around Susannah's in a way that flows smoothly. I finished the last of that two nights ago and now feel like I can once more venture forth into this book with a clear battle plan in mind.

2) Is this challenge pushing and encouraging you to write more often?

Definitely. The prospect of keeping accountable to you all each week is challenging me to push myself and accomplish more than I thought possible.

3) Did you accomplish most of your writing in the morning, afternoon, evening, or at random intervals during your busy day (i.e. waiting for your neighbors to go inside so you can jump on the trampoline without disturbing them)?

I tend to do the majority of my writing in the afternoon and evening — yesterday I wrote at both — but there will always be random intervals when I glimpse a lightning bolt of inspiration and must lock myself away to scribble it down. I wish I could write early in the morning, but I always have to go back and extensively edit any scenes that are written in the day's wee hours.

4) Any particular musical tracks inspiring your prose?

I've been listening to a deal of Loreena McKennitt, whose haunting melodies are just the sort to inspire one's pen. One of my particular favorites is "The Mummer's Dance" and her rendition of "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes is enough to send cold shivers down one's spine.

5) Share a snippet (or two) of your writing!

The room was a formal one normally reserved for the best of company, full of starched cushions so stiff they refused to bend under even the most expansive of forms and framed portraits of distant relatives that few remembered and even less cared for. Being lately out of use, the mantle over the fireplace had collected a good deal of dust, and the least disturbance loosed the particles into the air, to the great discomfort of anyone nearby attempting to make use of his lungs. It was, for all intents and purposes, a rather foreboding chamber.
Rifles in the South Field

6) Share your three favorite bits of dialogue.

I’m not afraid of being called a coward, Mother.”
“Perhaps you should be, son.”
Rifles in the South Field

There are some lessons only muskets and bullets can teach.”
Rifles in the South Field

“No,” the older woman agreed, her eyes flitting around the room until they fixed upon a large and ancient portrait. “He would not tell you.”
Rifles in the South Field

7) How are you going to move forward in this challenge? Are you changing your word-count goal, or other such battle plans this week?

I'm going along steadily as before, writing scenes and fitting them into the framework of the story. My goal for this next week is to write roughly a thousand words a day, which should help to make significant forward progress in Rifles. My trouble is spending too much time mulling over the early scenes I wrote, rather than moving on to the next chapters and leaving the wrinkles to amuse themselves until the editing process.

P.S. Don't forget to stop by Literary Lane on Tuesday, July 16th! I have a special guest who's due to arrive and I would love to have her meet you all!

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  1. Rifles in the South Field sounds so interesting! Will you ever publish it?

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    1. That is the desired goal, but the when may be a long time coming. :) I'm glad it sounds interesting, though!

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  2. I too write mostly in the evenings, and I struggle with the same thing in writing generally - the "trouble is spending too much time mulling over the early scenes I wrote, rather than moving on to the next chapters and leaving the wrinkles to amuse themselves until the editing process." I can so understand! It is such a struggle, isn't it, but that's the wonderful thing about Katie's challenge. It gets us to press through ^_^.

    Ooo, these are such wonderful snippets - I love, love, love the dialogue ones. They are so spicy and witty - bravo! I look forward to reading this book. I am sure I'll love it :D

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    1. Ah yes, a fellow evening writer! I would love to write earlier in the day, but I always have other responsibilities that must come first. :P And I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who edits before the project is done! Knowing that we're all in the same boat is an immense encouragement. I'm excited you've joined in with Actually Finishing Something [in] July — the more the merrier, as the elusive They say!

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  3. p.s. I look forward to meeting this special guest on the 17th :D

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