Daily Archives: April 1, 2016

Let the Madness Begin!

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Today is the first day of Camp NaNoWriMo.  I took the day off work and am hoping for a 5k day, but I’ll settle for three.  Maybe.

NaPoWriMo has also begun, which means that in addition to the 50k I’m doing for Camp there will also be a poem a day written and posted to Craptastic Poetry.

In addition, I stayed up way too late Wednesday night into Thursday morning watching videos on Junk Journals and I really want to make one.  I even started assembling some paper and stuff for one. Or maybe two.  Or twenty.  Or, you know…

And of course I want to do this as April happens…

But on a brighter note, I think I solved the major logic flaw/plot hole I’ve been struggling with in Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord. Inspiration struck yesterday morning while I was in the bathtub.  It’s better than what I had – still not perfect and will need some tweaking – but I can definitely work with it.  (It’s also much closer to what I had originally planned.)

That’s a ways off yet, though.  My current problem is the prologue. I started working on it a little after midnight and it’s not going well.  It’s… boring.  Too much telling and not enough showing.  Too much info dump and word dump. I wasn’t even sure I could fix it in the editing and revision phase.

Then it got a little better and I started holding out hope for it.  I got my traditional “thousand words before bed on the first” written and was going to call it a night, but while getting ready for bed I had an idea for a different approach and had to come back to the computer to write it down.

I’m not sure which one I like better. I want to finish the first one and I want to expand the second one and I think maybe I can combine them.

(This is what happens when my outline is vague.  Seriously, this is what I have for the section on the prologue in my outline: “Garril in Sevrilton after the orphanage rescue – matching files to rescued boys to try to reunite them with family. Gets suspicious when governor wants to help – he seems to be looking for something.”

It took me about 900 words to get to Garril being suspicious – and he’s suspicious by nature. That’s way too long to get into the action/problem/whatever, even for a prologue.

It’s going to be an interesting edit in a couple months, that’s for sure.







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