October 20th, 2006

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Writing progress

Story Title: A Necessary Evil (aka The One About the War)
Words revised today: 0
Words written today: A few
Other:

I think I have the beginning sorted out. It came right because I got Mark's motivation sorted out and the Unconscious Writer Brain promptly started handing me snippets of new stuff.

Conventional wisdom has it that new writers always start too soon. But in the case of the WIP1 and the W Next In The Queue, I had started too late.

Only by five or ten minutes, but it was not the right place at all. It put Mark on his own, struggling to shore in a subtly changed landscape. Why should the reader care? Also, it means that he's not going to commit to the army so soon. He's desperate to get home and it will only be when it's finally drummed into him that it's impossible that he'll throw his lot in with Huw and his friends.


1 OK, the very first version of the WIP that I wrote at the age of about 15 did start much too soon. Several days and a couple of chapters in fact. *g*
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A quiet but useful week

Nothing very exciting happened; lots of useful stuff was done.

Still got lots of stuff left to do, but my desk at work is considerably clearer after spending this afternoon Internally Verifying the assessments from 5 of M's classes. A big pile of student work is now off my desk and stored away in a filing cabinet.

This does still leave a small pile to do next week, but it is less daunting.

The classes went OK. The digital photography class is doing really well this time, so my tactic of re-doing the course from scratch in my own way is paying off. Also the class for total beginners has finished, but most of them want to continue to a web & email class, which will start after half term. And my Welsh learning has taken a leap forwards now I've worked out how to get tracks from the CD onto the i-Pod and also how to set the i-Pod to repeat indefinitely -- or in fact to repeat until I get fed up of Story 1, which is about when I reach Bala!

I'm off to South Wales tomorrow to visit the offspring, so I won't be online much -- if at all -- until Monday.
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