Facing Devastating Failure

My heroine has been going through hell in hopes of achieving a tremendous goal, only to have everything she worked for ripped away from her because she chose integrity over compromise. 754 words tonight. Story, Help Wanted.

Headache is pretty bad right now, but I finished out scene two with a nice cliffhanger.

How are your words coming?

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

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  • Julian Adorney Nov 17, 2010 @ 22:52

    5 pages of my screenplay. I’m at 10 total, about 10% of the way done. On the bright side, I can do 5 a night without a problem, so I should be able to knock this out by the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danzier Nov 17, 2010 @ 0:08

    So in an effort to stave off the writer’s block lurking just over my left shoulder, I re-read what I have on SP and found a huge, glaring infodump that I don’t even want to look at. I really want to leave it to the revision and keep going. At the same time, it’s bugging me badly. I think I’ll fix it now, since the infodump is really the plot of a whole different story that jumped me as I was writing it. It’s a good story but it needs its own space.

    Meanwhile…I have an English class that I could really use you guys’ help with. I’m looking at professional and aspiring professional writers and their ideas and feelings about revision as opposed to college students’ ideas and feelings about it. In this case, since you guys have all made the WABWM effort, you qualify as aspiring professionals at the least (even if you’re college students). I got Holly’s permission to post a link to a survey here; it would be a huge help if you’d take it. **required notice: The only person looking at the survey results is me. The only person other than me who will see any info whatsoever is my teacher, who will see my final paper. Every effort is being made to preserve confidentiality, so I’m not asking for names.** Here’s the link–please let me know if it doesn’t work. Just posting here should do. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=tRyL4gCdsP4SabMdN1uGdQ_3d_3d

    Thanks in advance for your help! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Lisa R Nov 16, 2010 @ 11:39

    3025 words
    I found out a family is running the human trafficking ring. Now I am not sure what all I need to do with them. Somehow I have to bribe them to get all the information about the girls they sold. I will just have to write and find out.

  • Larkk Nov 16, 2010 @ 8:40

    1776 words.
    I finished my 50k words for Nano last weekend, but still have lots of story left! Eleven scenes worth to be exact. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I should be able to finish by the end of the month, even if my scenes turn out longer than planned.
    Which they usually do, because Iโ€™m not quite ready to leave the story yet.

    Itโ€™s really good to see you back Holly.

    • DasteRoad Nov 16, 2010 @ 9:58

      So you won Nano around the half of november? That’s cool! Congratulations!

      • Larkk Nov 17, 2010 @ 8:59

        Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ruth Ellen Nov 16, 2010 @ 7:03

    Just wrote 1500 words, extending the scene to something i wasn’t expecting and ended the chapter on a pretty cool cliffhanger. i had to stop myself when i could go on, want to save some of the excitement for later. I’m on a high right now ๐Ÿ˜€

  • DasteRoad Nov 16, 2010 @ 5:44

    Manuscript assessment: 18 pages out of 243 (roughly 5.3K words out of 72K).

    Iโ€™m currently assessing the second scene, the flashback with the confrontation between Erthel, her mother and Mr. Bad Guy at the old well. The scene is creepy exactly as it should be and Erthelโ€™s mother is an amazing she-wolf (figuratively speaking): courageous and ready to protect her daughter, but at the same time showing the pain of someone who has been betrayed by a trusted one. Erthel, on the other hand, is rather passive in this stage and fails to notice the obvious about Mr. Bad Guy. This will call for some work when Iโ€™ll get to the troubleshooting phase.

  • thepencilneck Nov 16, 2010 @ 3:18

    2024 words. I’m at 29447 words at the halfway point of Nano.

    The Bodyguard gets tortured and divulges information on the whereabouts of the Princess. Except that he lies a little bit here and there and hopes that throws them off. (And she didn’t go where he told her to go, anyway.) They throw him into a small dark hole and leave him there for a couple of months. Then they pull him out, clean him off, and throw him back in his cell. The Captain he had met in the infirmary is now the POW Officer in Charge and commands that the Bodyguard be taken care of. When he’s better, the Bodyguard goes to the Captain’s office to thank him and the Captain asks the Bodyguard to repay his debt by infiltrating a group planning an escape and spying on them. Which doesn’t make the Bodyguard feel right.

    Some of this was done just straight up pantsed and I got some really cool twists set up. I’ve got some nice betrayals and reverses in the near future. And I haven’t even started on the main storyline through here with the Princess and her Fleet and then the Queen and her machinations. I swear, this book is going to end up 500,000 words long.

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