My writing journal for Sunday, August 24, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
Novella: clustering and outlining
Up at 5AM as usual. Yawning after a late night with student phone coaching.
If you’re a pantser, I encourage you to outline, even if you only outline a few scenes ahead. Fiction is all about emotion. Think about the emotional journey your characters — and readers — will take.
They start in one emotional space, and end in another. You need to show that journey, in scenes. Dig underneath the surface emotions. If your character is sad, what lies underneath that sadness? What images appear in your character’s mind?
You can do a lot of digging in your next draft(s). However, if you think about what you’re doing in your first draft, you’re laying the foundations of a strong book.
Consider your character’s flaws, too. I wrote about character flaws here.
Email, and Honey’s breakfast.
No time to walk today.
Writing programs closing — 5 close on August 30
We’ve got many writing programs, so we’re withdrawing all those programs we’re not actively promoting.
I chose the programs which will close on August 30, and wrote a short blog post for the freelance writing blog.
Time for my own breakfast, while reviewing student exercises. Lots of email messages, and lots of updates on Trello. I set up boards for students on Trello, because it eliminates the fuss of email.
I downloaded Folia yesterday. It might become more useful than Trello. Here’s a review of Folia on TNW.
I’ve started using it, and hope that I’ll be able to use it for writing courses.
Next, I need to create a couple of short videos for students, so that takes us up to lunchtime. It’s Sunday, so lots of things to do, and no more writing time until late afternoon.
Sunday blogging; drafts and more drafts
It’s Sunday, so it’s blog preparation time. I sort through all the blog post ideas in Evernote, and create draft posts for my own and clients’ blogs.
I didn’t get a chance to read through the third novella last night. I got caught up in reading students’ projects, then phone coaching. Finally, I was just too tired.
I still need to sort out the meta data for the novella, and edit the first two novellas, adding links to the others in the back matter.
I’ve done my daily review, and totted up the word counts, so they’re done, and I’m done for the day too.