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For the first time in a (seemingly) LONG time, I finished a book of fiction today.  YAY!  Granted, it was one that I've read before, but I've been wanting to continue on with the series that eventually evolved since I first read it, but didn't remember enough about the story line to continue on.  It has been most effective in assisting to fill the well.

Kristin Lamb - I believe it was - talked about the importance of reading... not just writing.  It was one of those concepts that I remember thinking, "yes, I know", but was not one that I really knew.  She mentioned how she reads one book of fiction, as well as one trade related text each week.  I'm honestly thinking of shooting for that as well.  At least where fiction is concerned...

This book (The Outlander) was one that the Plot Whisperer had used in her video series as an example at one point.  It was that mentioning that spurred me to read it again.  I'm glad I did.  Not just because it was one that I enjoyed (the first time, as well as recently) but it helped to illustrate the principles that I've been learning with regard to craft.  One of the greatest things was why it is suggested slowing things down - drawing things out - during the climax sequence.  It causes a reader to hurriedly flip through the pages to find out what happens next.

Beyond that, I've considered 1) tightening up the plot lines and sub-plot lines a bit and 2) actually playing with my characters a bit.  For starters, the main protagonists from this first novel, as well as the antagonists.  Experience reminds me this is a very good way to get to 1) get to know the characters a bit better and in a more 'relaxed' environment and 2) get a better handle on their individual voices.  It seems counter productive (at least to the IC), but in the end... it helps, I believe.

In addition to this... I'm continuing to consider my goals for this upcoming year - personally, spiritually, and "professionally".  A good deal to consider, but it's coming along.  I'm planning to have my "professional" ones - at the very least - ready in time for the beginning of [community profile] inkingitout  on Sunday and ROW80 on Monday.

Progress being made.  In baby steps, but forward motion, none-the-less.
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This was the first round I participated in ROW80 and, admittedly, I didn't participate as much as I would have liked.  I think it had something to do with NaNo eating my brain.  I did learn a great deal along the way, though.  Not only about how I would like to participate in future rounds, but about myself and my process.  So, I will be back next time and stronger for this initial experience.

Where my goals and progress are concerned...

Goal #1: Get at least 1/4 of Book #1 written… 25,000+ words

This goal changed at the beginning of last month.  I decided I was going to write 75k instead.  That was after I'd made the decision to take the NaNoWriMo challenge, which I did meet.  Once November 30th hit, though, my writing habit seemingly suffered.  I was more than a bit toasty around the edges, I think.  It didn't help that I recently ran into some health challenges on top of the holidays.  Needless to say, I resigned myself to the fact that I just wasn't going to make that word count this time around.  I did, however, make it to just under 62k, which is a good deal more than I'd originally intended.  So, in the end... I would say I was definitely successful in that respect.

Goal #2: Post here [dawnluellan.com] 3x a week, at least.

I didn't make that goal.  Not even close.  And, in the process, I moved over here [to Dreamwidth].  It's here that my dear sister/friend and writing buddy and I communicate.  It's just easier for me to keep it centralized.  When the time comes when I'm feeling ready to start building my platform, then I'll spend more time back at dawnluellan.com.  Until then, I'm focusing more on the process and the journey.

Now, as the sun sets on this round of ROW80... I wish you all well.  I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.  Until that time... May the holiday season be filled with light, love, and laughter for you and yours!  May 2012 dawn brightly for all of us!

~ Dawn

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 I'm still alive and kicking on this end and still trudging along with my ROW80 goals.

After NaNo, I found myself riding high on a cloud.  December 1st saw me stepping out with PlotWriMo...  As a result, I began restructuring my plot from the ground up.  So much seemingly changed!  For the better, though.  As of today, my word count is sitting just under 58k.  My goal for ROW80 is to be at 75k by the end (December 22nd).  11 days to go with 1553 as my daily goal between now and then.  I proved with NaNo that is definitely do-able.  Still... there's a small voice inside wanting to kick my rear for it.  It's okay.  It's all part of the process, right?

I've been restructuring things plot-wise.  I actually created a giant storyboard yesterday...

See... I'm a very visual and hands on sort of person.  As much as I love the storyboard function of Scrivener, it just hasn't been working for me as well as I'd wanted.  So, I decided to actually make a storyboard of a giant whiteboard, sticky notes, and different colored pens.

Today, I sat down at my desk, played around a bit with my notes.  Beyond that, I didn't get much on that front done.  Still... that's okay.  Tomorrow is another day.  Everyone will be back to work and school.  I'll have a bit of running around to do in the morning, but when I come back, I'll definitely get some writing done.

Above all else... I need to remember that it's all a process, and I ought to enjoy it because I'll never write my 'first novel' again.

Take care all and WRITE ON!

[Edit:] I almost forgot to mention!  For those who are frequent visitors, you'll notice that I've changed my spot for posting my check-in.  This is my actual writing journal.  Figure it would make things much easier to keep all the chronicles of my journey in the same space.  I might actually check in more often too... *wink*  And you can use OpenID here to comment, if you feel so moved to do so.  Thanks for dropping by!
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 - Go through The Writer's Workout (NOT an affiliate link)  (One per day)

- Improve on my ability to write SHORT stories

- Write 1 piece per month for possible publication

- Submit 1 piece of writing a quarter for possible publication

- Write 150k with [community profile] inkingitout- Make check-ins on Sunday (WB and ROW80), Tuesday (WB) and Thursday (WB).

-  Have rough draft for Return of Shadows (working title) completed NLT 21 March 2012

- Have FINAL draft for Return of Shadows (working title) completed by 31 May 2012.

- Have outline for Book #2 done NLT 31 May 2012

- Start writing Book #2 in the series by June 1 2012

- Have rough draft for Book #2 completed by 15 October 2012

- Have FINAL draft for Book #2 completed by 31 December 2012


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