Letters from Camp NaNoWriMo — July 12, 2013

I am brilliant!

At least, I currently feel brilliant.  I took my non-outline (that I posted about on Monday) and developed it into a more detailed real outline.

I am now a much happier writer:  not only do I know what is happening in the rest of this book, I have also solved another problem.

The scene that I moved from this book (Book 8) to Book 10 was Marsden, Vinadi, and Yhonshel going after The Evil Wizards In The Tower (the wizards who had destroyed Terhesh’s village).  Ever since I moved it, I’ve been trying to figure out why they wait so long to go after them, and I have been struggling to come up with a legitimate reason for them not to go off and deal with them now.

Then while working on the outline, I realized that I already had something in place that will divert their attention for a while, and things started to fall into place.

And along with that diversion, came an awesome segue into Book 9.

(Of course, now I’ve challenged myself to create segues in all of the other books as well.  *Looks at my plan to release this series in 2015, sighs, crosses out the 5 and makes it a 6.*)

So, how has it been going this week?
*sigh* Not so good.  Work has been horrid and has sucked everything out of me:  life, energy, inspiration… I want to write, I just feel… drained.

So, I didn’t get anywhere near my goal of 25k by today, which means that there’s no way I’ll hit 30k today.  (I might make it to 25k, though.  It’s iffy, but it might happen. Just don’t any one make book on it.) 

I wrote the worst death scene in the history of the written word this past week.  It was so bad that I couldn’t stand to leave it there so I rewrote it.  (I know, I know.  You’re not supposed to rewrite during NaNo – or any first draft, for that matter – but seriously, I wrote better stuff than that in third grade: I just couldn’t leave it there. The scene still sucks, but at least it no longer sucks rotten eggs.)

So, what’s happening in the novel now?
Well, let’s see…
Draethlen and Terhesh are in the infirmary.
Radenth is missing.  (Marsden, Vinadi, and Kordelm have gone looking for him.)
The Evil Wizards In The Tower still need a name for their organization.
[NAME 1], the member of The Evil Wizards In The Tower that has infiltrated the school, still needs a name.

So, um, yeah, not much progress has been made.   I am still slightly ahead of par, though.

And what’s next?
I’m hoping that by Monday Radenth will have been found. (I’m not quite sure where he is, although I do know that he’s alive.)
And I’d like to hope that The Evil Wizards In The Tower and [NAME 1] have real names by then, but I’m not holding my breath.


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