February 18th, 2007

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Eowyn Challenge -- progress

Walking to Rivendell

Miles travelled today: 1
Miles travelled so far: 6.5
Miles still to go: 451.5
Percentage complete: 1.4%

Point reached on journey: I have just crossed The Great Road from the Brandywine Bridge and entered Tookland.

Looking at my spreadsheet, it's going to take ages to reach Rivendell, but I need something to motivate me to get off the computer chair and do some exercise. Now the weather is nicer, I will be able to take to my bike again. That will clock up some higher mileages, but at least I am on the road. *g*

Too early yet for spring flowers, but the mosses had sprouted their little spore capsules. Collapse )
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Writing progress -- novel in 90

Words written today: 796
Total words in novel: 76,377
People killed: An awful lot of the good guys.
Mean things done to characters: Mark is having to sit and watch while his former comrades are shot to pieces by the enemy cannon fire.

Patricia Wrede has often mentioned that one doesn't learn how to write novels, one learns how to write this novel. I'm finding out just how true that is.

I thought I had a nice method all worked out. Plan the rough shape with the Lars Eighner plot diagram, work out roughly what happens chapter by chapter with the Browne Circular Diagram. And then plan each scene on a scene planning sheet and produce a pretty decent draft.

That's not how ANE wants to be written.

It wants to be written as a crappy, sprawling draft that will need to be almost totally rewritten to produce anything decent. I'm going to end up with a 110,000 words outline of a 100,000 word novel!

A Necessary Evil
76,377 / 110,000 (69.00%)