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[Plotting About] Weaver and NaNoWrimo

Rhode Island Comic Con is over.
Rhode Island Author Expo is over.
Now it’s time for NaNoWriMo.
And less said about Destiny and Advance Warfare the better.
Since when did November become so busy?
This will be my tenth year for NaNoWriMo.
Week 2 has arrived and things are progressing.
On most Novembers I’d be at 40k by now having well learned that it’s all about the word count and not the story. In the past reaching 50k by the 15th was normal.
Instead, I’m taking it slow with the second draft of Weaver and addressing several things that the first draft didn’t.
Questions like:
What is this story about?
Why are they there?
What are the characters’ arc?
What’s the purpose of all this?
What’s the elevator pitch?
And making sure it stays a tiny story with big characters instead of a big story with small characters.
Best example: Kung Fu Panda has tiny story but big characters while Kung Fu Panda 2 had big story and small characters.
This blog post over at Heather Webb’s site covers what I haven’t but should’ve been doing.
Chapter Three was completed pre-NaNo.
The end of Chapter Four is going to be re-written.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire Chapters 1-3 and misc links

So with one day to go until NaNoWrimo, I’ve massaged Weaver back into some semblance of sense, all 10k words of sense.
Chapters 1-3 read better than before. Simpler while keeping some of the mystique and makes a good sampler for a graphic novel.
I’m glad I didn’t push myself to re-edit the first draft to try and get the novel printed for this weekend. My heart just wasn’t in it and the plot was all over the place.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

The Rhode Island Comic Con is this weekend. I’ll be there selling my old comic book collection. I may even bring a short box of Totems.
The plan is to dress as Jayne Cobb one day and Mal Reynolds the other day.
Some interesting writing links:
Manuscript Wishlist
25 Ways to Plot/Prep your story.
How to write a character arc in a series.
How to find your character’s breaking point.
Writing Excuses 2015 Cruise…yep, on a boat.
How to travel by cargo ship.
A la carte freighter travel.
Freighter Cruises.
Providence Ghost Tour
Photos I took during the Providence Ghost Tour

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: Plotting it out.

Welcome to October.
One month to go until NaNoWrimo and I’m not coordinating this year.
This will be my tenth year of being NaNoWrimo participant.
Besides the Weaver ‘verse, I’ve got two maybe three different themed ‘verses that have come from doing NaNoWrimo.
A zombie urban fantasy ‘verse that could be spun off into space and a space invader ‘verse that needs a crap ton of space research involved.
The writing group’s fourth year anniversary arrives this year.
Bennett North has been writing some good posts about preparing for the annual event.
It should be noted, the posts are good anyone writing a novel because it’s best to plan things out before you jump in.
Discovery writing or pantsing your way through a novel isn’t the best in my humble opinion.
The writing group had several great suggestions to fix Weaver.
I’ve not taken the editing chainsaw to the first draft and instead I’m re-planning it.
Not a page one re-write, thankfully, I’m just a revising what happens after page thirty. Keeping the setting, narrowing down the characters and the plot.
It’s moments like this why I’m happy the writing group exists.
I’ve been pantsing my way through Weaver since the beginning and even though I did beat sheet it all out, the overall plot turned out to be too much too fast.
So the new marching orders is to make sure it reads right before going off and writing another chapter.
This doesn’t change the plan to turn Weaver into a graphic novel and judging from the reactions of the writing group they liked the character sketches.
I don’t know what I’m doing for NaNoWrimo this year. The plan is to re-plot Weaver.
Take it slow and steady and not take another four years to finish the second draft.
I think setting a deadline of March 2015, just in time for Emerald City Comic Con is a good plan.

[Plotting About] Where Weavers Daire: First draft is done.

First draft of Where Weavers Daire is done.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Yep, that’s 27,685K over what I wanted.
But that’s what the editing chainsaw and writing group is there for.
I’m happy with the way it turned out even if it was three weeks late.
My original plans to get it edited and printed via Createspace by November in time for Rhode Island Comic Con have been put on hold.
The stigmata of poorly edited self published books is strong. It’s best to find and fix all the errors first then either send out query letters or self publish.
Bennett North has great post on Outlining your Novel since NaNoWrimo is a month and half away.
A post on Destiny will be forth coming…

[Plotting About] August 2014 / Week 1 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 31

Welcome to August.
Welcome to the one year anniversary of me going freelance.
Welcome to the end of Chapter Thirty, the last chapter I had written in 2013 before figuring out: Well, shit, I guess I’ll go back and re-write the first third so it makes sense.
It gets squishy from here even if I’ve written the last chapter already.
Okay so I lie a little bit about squishy part.
I foresee passing the 120k ceiling for this first draft. Revisions will probably bring that down to a normal level.
And I’m submitting it in it’s entirely to the writing group in a week.
No pressure.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

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[Plotting About] July 2014 / Week 2 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 22

This list pretty much covers what’s been happening recently.
To give everyone an update on everything: I’ve been writing a science fiction/space opera manuscript for close to four years and I’m coming up on my 1 year anniversary of doing it full time while freelancing on the side as a graphic designer.
At the end of last year I figured out I needed to go back and re-write the first third.
Now, we’re at the second third which is already written.
I’ve been turning the train so to speak to straightening things out and at the end of one chapter Melinda disappears for a good three chapters.
Someone else takes the stage and before I got any deeper the alarm bells went off.
Three chapters wasn’t deep, they were already written so I just dragged them off into a folder in Scrivener.
I edited Melinda back in for the next three chapters and then she disappears which makes a ton more sense now because now everyone has something to fight for and she gets closer to what’s going on.
My daily walks have been helping plot things out. Besides burning through Writing Excuses, Self Publishing, Nerdist Writer’s Panel, Sword and Laser , Aisha Tyler and Children of Tendu podcasts it gives me time to think things through. The guys at Writing Excuses brought this ritual up this morning.
No word count due to shuffling chapters. I’ve been adding finished chapters one at a time into Scrivener so if the K count drops by 10-20k it’s because three chapters like those I mentioned above got pulled.
78k-ish is the count right now.
In non-novel news…
Last month, the Writing Group switched over to critiquing manuscripts. Bennett North did the honors and on Saturday we’ll see how that turned out. I think this is natural turning point for the group. A lot of us are working on long form work and I think we’ll have enough to last us until the holidays.
Weaver will be done in time for September’s meet up.
SDCC is next week and I’m not going. I’m 50% happy, 50% unhappy and %100 trilled I won’t be footing the bill for that week long trip to Nerd Prom.
Boston Con is the second week of August and I’m tempted on treating myself since my birthday is right around the corner.

[Plotting About] June 2014 / Week 2 / Where Weavers Daire / Chapter 20

I spent most of yesterday plotting out the next twenty chapters of Weaver. Half of those twenty are already written and just need to be adjusted accordingly.
We’ve entered the middle third of the book that was already written before I went back to fix the first third.
I’m feeling good about the middle third.
I dropped enough foreshadowing in the first third to cover the middle.
The final third is a little squishy and needs the most help.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

My deadline is July 4th.
Camp NaNoWrimo begins in July.
My hope is to get Weaver done and work on the spin-off that the writing group liked.
It would appear neither myself or Bennett North got into the Amtrak’s Residency. Glad to see I’m good company.
Association of Rhode Island Authors is having a Meet and Greet at Warwick Public Library on August 9th.

[Plotting About] June 2014 / Week 1 / #writing #Weaver / Chapter 17

Chapter 17.
I haven’t said that in a while.
Last week was good to me. First, I figured out how to fix Chapter 5.
Chapter 5 was supposed to be revealed throughout the book but I figured out how to use it as a chapter instead. It introduced Melinda’s supporting cast better than what I had done in Chapter 6.
So all the chapters got bumped up one then I hit the call to action for Melinda and then hit the old section of chapters I had written previously.
So all in all a good week.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Now begins the task of writing the next chapter to bring all the characters together for the introduction of the big bad.
Once that chapter is done it’s back to the already written chapters.
In non-novel news:
Myself and Bennett North went to the book launch party for Rhode Island local author Heather Rigney for her book: Waking the Merrow.
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I had met her at The Elephant Room a few months back when I was slogging through the re-writes of Weaver.
The place was packed.
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For a self published book, Heather did everything right.
The cover looks good, edited and the price for the dead tree version is a perfect price and not bloated like some other soft cover books I’ve seen.
I highly recommend it.
And go see Edge of Tomorrow.
It’s a fun movie and not just a excuse to go and enjoy the air conditioned theater like The Lone Ranger was last year.

[Plotting About] May 2014 / Week 4 / #writing #Weaver / Chapter 12

Chapter 11 is done.
Chapter 12 is next on deck.
Chapter 13 should be where we last left off with Spence.
So, if the word count bumps up a lot it means we’re hitting chapters I’d already written.
It means my re-writes of the first 1/3 of the book are nearly complete. It feels nice to be able to say that.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count to:

Since Kameron Hurley tweeted about it I’ll pass it onto you, it’s called The Spreadsheet of Shame. For those NaNoWrimo peeps, you probably already have a few copies of this lying around.
If you’re a spreadsheet time of person and if Scrivener’s word count window feels tame then this is for you.
My X-Men: Days of Future Past review will go tomorrow evening sometime.
Watchdogs will be picked up tomorrow and will have to wait until I’ve got more chapters under my belt.
In non-writing news: Any New England businesses looking to sponsor a local sporting event, 401 R.E.G.I.M.E.N. Classic Amateur Boxing Showcase taking place on August 2, 2014 in Providence, R.I. at the Bank of America City Center in the Providence Rink is looking for sponsors.

[Plotting About] May 2014 / Week 2 / #writing #Weaver / Chapter 10

I had one of those days at Empire Tea and Coffee where I just stared at my screen and nothing came out.
It happens to all of us. Writer’s Block. Your muse decides to up and leave you.
Happened during NaNoWrimo one year and I just hit page break and wrote something I knew.
A few nights later, the muse bonked me on the head and I threw up a 1st person POV Urban Fantasy take on the Weaver Verse set in Providence, RI.
It wasn’t the first attempt at this. I had been scurrying away ideas for a 3rd person omniscient urban fantasy / spy thriller for a while and came this close to posting a chapter on Wattpad.
But as Bennett North so eloquent put in a blog postYou cannot be a good writer without first being a terrible one. Followed up by making a good impression.
So, 8k later, the writing group said it was both fun and needed work (as all first drafts do).
I’ll be plotting it out better than Weaver.
I came back to Weaver and edited Chapters 2-9.
Shifted scenes around and in time came back to the end of Chapter Nine and feeling much better about it now.
That brings the Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

In other Weaver News: I kicking around the idea of a graphic novel adaption.
Going to Emerald City Comic Con got the idea rolling around that a graphic novel would be a good showcase of an artist/writer team since some of the bigs are looking for examples.
First must finish the novel then finish comic script.
Chapter Ten tomorrow…