RSW Progress Report 7/13/15

It’s Ready, Set, WRITE time!

How did I do?

How I did on last week’s goal(s)

~1,000 words minimum on Fireborn (Camp Nano) DONE – 2,830 words
~1,000 words minimum on Covenant (Camp Nano) DONE – 1,903 words
~Work on Survivor this Sunday DONE. Determined that I need to re-outline it, so I started that.
~Finish reading book #1 for review (so close to being done!) DONE!
~Start book #3 for review Nope. 😦

My goal(s) for this week:

~!,500 words minimum on Fireborn (Camp Nano)
~1,500 words minimum on Covenant (Camp Nano)
~Work on Survivor outline (midpoint, doorway of no return, and clue/discovery/setback)
~Start book #3 for review
~Photography stuff: take pics at camp (this weekend), play with new camera if it arrives this week

Yep, I bought a new camera last night. It’s a Nikon DSLR converted to infrared only. Sounds odd, but infrared photography is SO BEAUTIFUL (b&w, I mean. With film). I’m gearing up to do b&w infrared as well, and I’d like to see how each method works. I studied this stuff in college and have my own darkroom. I haven’t been able to get back in there after some health issues (a looooong time) and I promised myself I’d do something with it this year. So, that’s a thing.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: Survivor’s opening lines:

I took stock of my situation. I was high, drunk to the point of incoherence, and my going away party was starting to resemble a wake. I glanced at my swollen eyes and puffy face in the mirror. My makeup, artfully applied, ran in a rainbow of thin lines down my face. I looked almost comical, if I weren’t so damn depressed.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ie finding time to write, getting sick, having writer’s block, etc):

Making the decision to scrap most of the first draft of Survivor and rewrite it from scratch. The quality of the writing bothers me, and I’m beginning to get ideas of new directions and twists. So that’s good. But, damn, it felt terrible. 😦 (I will be using select parts, though, the ones written in 2007 and 2009 — there are some GREAT things in there.)

Something I love about my WIP: I’ve talked about how much I love Survivor because of the twins thing and the psychological horror parts, but there’s the whole conspiracy thing going on with mind control. 😉 Fabricated memories. Losing memories. Hypnosis. Brainwashing. Several characters have this little problem. If anyone’s familiar with Operation: Mindcrime by the band Queensryche, you’ll understand where that all came from. I wanted something more than just a story about twins. This intrigued me. I did research on mind control and brainwashing and read every book I could get my hands on. I think it’s really unique and horrifying, which is right up my alley. (I love all things dark and spooky and twisted).

How’d you do?

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4 thoughts on “RSW Progress Report 7/13/15

  1. There was something about your character’s voice in that excerpt that grabbed me–makes me want to read more and find out what happened to her! The description of your WIP sounds amazing, too–twins? Mind control? Sign me up! And congrats on the new camera :). Hope this week is just as productive for you!

    1. Thanks, Jessleake! Amber grabbed me from day one and hasn’t let go. And the story, too. I like to juxtapose things that are wildly different, and I believe I may have succeeded. 😉 Thank you!

  2. That’s a tough decision to make about rewriting your WIP from scratch, but it’s great that you have fresh ideas on how to make it better. You did really well on your goals this week, and I hope you make just as much progress with this latest batch of goals!

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