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Post by khelessindarae on Jan 23, 2021 20:02:05 GMT -5
Mel, thanks! The job's a lot simpler than the previous one, and about a third of the duties. The hardest part is billing and figuring out taxes, but I'll get there.
For now, I missed last week's planning party, so Leggo!
Breaking Cursed Habits edition
Q1. What was the original idea that made you think of this novel, distilled in just a few words? An example: “Zombie attack during quarantine.” ABC in China haunted by American ghost. 1925's Shanghai. New Youth Movement in China. Who are the demi-gods in Chinese mythology who don't get screen time?
Q2. What place/location in the story holds the most significance to the plot? To your character? How would you describe it? The story takes place in Shanghai, and focuses on a university that no longer exists, and Yu Garden, which is a beautiful place. Due to the May 30th Incident being the climax of the story, the imperialist, nationalist and communist student and worker groups are also key.
Q3. What is the scene you are most excited to write (or have written)? Not gonna lie, the intro by hookup scene was a lot of fun. After this, a lot of the romance scenes with the stand off hero slowly melting for the heroine. It's almost February, ya'll.
Q4. If your favorite secondary character had a spin-off story about them, what would the main plot be? Uhh....which secondary character set? lol. There's the ghost girl and the demon boy. There's the monkey king and the human chasing him. There's also the team of olympic college students training to represent China? I'd probably look at what happened in China in 1926, and follow the characters through a couple of months of another moment in history.
Q5. How much time passes during your story? Is it the duration of a day? A week? A decade? Three months, basically. The timeline is set from Sun Yat Sen's death (March 12, 1925) and the May 30th Incident (May 30, 1925). It starts a little before then, in the present time, before they're chucked back in time, and I'm not sure yet if they return to present day, or stay in the past. Obviously, a little time has to pass after the historical event for resolution, but I'm not sure how much or how that's going to work yet.
Q6. What sort of change does your main character go through in the story? Do they learn to overcome a fault? Do they succumb to their faults? Like any good romance, they are both hole-hearted, and have a person-sized-hole in their hearts that they refuse to recognize. And since their relationship begins with a hookup, the whole book is convincing each other that they don't belong together because Reasons.
Q7. What is your favorite relationship in the novel? How does it affect your MC’s actions? (This need not be a romantic relationship.) I'm very fond of the main couple. I'm also really fond of the secondary pairing of the human BFF who is determined she'll chase an ordinary man, not a supernatural--and ends up falling for the Monkey King in disguise.
Q8. What does your villain’s (or the person most in conflict with your MC) lair (home, office, headquarters) look like? The Hero is the Heroine's antagonist for a large part of the book, and he runs a boy's dormitory. But she has to see him daily so her ghost doesn't kill her. So there's already a lot of clothing and shower hijinx.
Q9. What part of your planning has proven to be the toughest? Forcing myself to not plot this to death, and let it grow organically. I finally did a 7 point outline, and I am resisting the urge to do a scene by scene outline. I will never finish this story if I go into that detail. How is the historical angle going to work it's way in? I have 5 possible ideas, but I'm not married to any of them yet, I'm letting the story evolve as it goes.
Q10. After the novel is finished and in the hands of your readers, how do you hope readers feel at the end? My goal in writing romance is to write a better Asian drama. I want a femme lead who has a spine and a personality and her own life's purpose. I want a guy who treads the line of alpha-hole, but is a genuinely good person, not a complete a*hole for 80% of time, and one who isn't blindly following elder/monetary demands of him, but actually thinks and acts--before the Heroine is given an envelope of money and told to leave the country, or run off the road in a failed murder attempt by Elder/Money Powers.
Basically, I want to write an Asia Drama I wouldn't mind my kids watching and drawing romantic ideals from. Less toxic relationship standards, more of how healthy relationships should work--communication, respect, and more than just romantic/sexual love.
Post by khelessindarae on Jan 24, 2021 15:20:20 GMT -5
Well, I'm not hitting the OC Challenge this month, but I do now have two RaTs posted! Supremely unhappy with the scenes right now, but I did say I was aiming for five a month.
I'm doing something unique with the consistency challenge, it's something I've done in the past.
The concept is basically, if I miss days, I pay myself back. So, for instance, I've been doing a lot of sprints. To make up for the week and a half this month where I didn't write, I make sure to do at least 2 writing sessions per day. I'd love to do 3, but can't always pull it off. I am tracking it in my spreadsheet a little bit differently.
Current project is Breaking Cursed Habits, or BCS. So when I work on that, it goes in the column. On my good days I'm getting around 1-2k a day, and that's in 2-5 15 minute chunks So I really started making progress on the 17th. 17, 18, and 19 I had really good wordcounts, and I remembered the rule about paying myself back. So I started taking the first word sprint of the day, and counting that as my words for that day--and then redistributing the other sprints for the days I missed.
While it doesn't help me when it comes to the WriYe challenge, it helps me feel better for when I have to miss a day for work, mental health, or disability reasons. My health's a lot more under control than it used to be, but knowing I could pay myself back for the words I couldn't write when I was bedbound really helped back then, and I'm happy to pick that habit up again. However, I'm also happy that I can use Dabble on my phone now, so there's no more tapping out a couple of lines in iOS notes, or another iPhone app, and trying to figure out how to transfer them over later.
Did another page in the luddite challenge yesterday, got 3 more to do for my writing bible. Other goal for today is to update my story notebook. I got an outline done....Friday? and need to get it into my notebook. Also named 12 side/secondary characters today, so need to get those matched up so when I have to refer to them again, I don't rename them. Not...that I've ever...repeatedly...had that experience...in the past.
But uhh yeah! Getting closer to that 25% mark in BCH, and feeling good.
Way to go! You're spreadsheet is so pretty. Love the colors!
Yes, isn't it great to have Dabble work on mobile now? I love using Dabble and love having that option to switch to my phone or tablet easily.
Thanks! The spreadsheet came from The Penned Rabbit on Etsy, and allows me to track general, project, and sprint writing separately, and gives me data, which is nice.
And yes, Dabble has saved my writing life on many on occasion. The fact I can now write on my mobile in bed when my body is done with functioning is a project saver.
My characters can't keep their hands off of each other, which is good for the romance, but the plot needs to move, too.
It's been a weird week and a half for writing, and I mostly blame my insomnia disrupting my work schedule, which disrupts my writing. I made sure to sit at my desk until my writing partner showed up for her sprint, because for the past week and a half, we've been taking lunches at different times, and while she's been good at sprinting without me, I...haven't.
But, I pulled another RaTs prompt today, and wrote another scene. Not sure where this goes in the narrative, and need to take a look at all of my scenes and chronology, but for now, I'm settling for at least I'm getting words in, and I can get the structure back when my head is fully in the game.
For now, I'll settle for the cats letting me sleep, getting 8 hours of sleep before the alarm, and getting work done by 5. Once all of that falls into place, I know the writing will follow. Until then, words are words!
Post by khelessindarae on Mar 14, 2021 21:59:24 GMT -5
Wow, so apparently work went down the drain February 4th. Cool, good to know.
I didn't stop writing, but did stop checking in here. I had two weeks of misery at work, two weeks of my brain refusing to work, but I still managed to write over half of those days. I'm having the most luck with 15 minute sprints at lunch, but work remains...unstable, so if I go radio silent, I'm still writing, just choosing to write instead of check in here. I am using the RaTs generator almost daily, so thanks to Mel for that!
Goal for March is another 10-20k, 25k for April, and just, keep on keeping on. I need to at some point stop and revisit the outline, but I'm just trying to keep writing through the stressful times and I can go back and revise and outline when I'm not worried about making rent or remembering to eat. Maslow's goals for writing: I can keep writing and cause myself minor issues, or focus on the outline and inevitably stop writing, and have to get back into the headspace in like 2-3 months.
I don't like that method, so if I'm writing erraneous scenes that have to be cut? At least I'm still writing and in the right headspace with my characters.