ROW80 Week 6: Waypoint

(Other ROW80 participants)

I knuckled down and focussed on my story last week, and finished the draft a day early, on Thursday. That left me time to get started on the Mary Sue project on Friday.

However, the weekend was a write-off. I abruptly decided to go to a fencing competition, and what should have been a quiet weekend ended up as two days away.

I’ve come back relaxed and ready to focus, but with a sizable backlog of Mary Sue work which I thought I’d do over the weekend. As a result, I don’t think I’ll get much writing done this week — I’ll be happy if I manage one evening’s worth.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 5: With Lumps

(other ROW80 participants)

I’m still making progress on my story, but in fits and starts. I wrote 24 (A5) pages on Monday night, but then only three more pages and a couple of poems in the rest of the week.

So far, so good. But I have to get my act together this week.

I thought my Mary-Sue project would restart on the 18th, but it’s actually the 12th — this Friday.

My goal now is to write the next five days, and have a finished draft on Friday (plus working on Mary Sues on the weekend).

Will I make it? We’ll see…

What Survives

It is the fate of paladins to fall —
Or else to stumble on, far from the Light,
Left lonely when their cause demanded all
And friends retreated for another fight.

Having no other beacons, they must shine
In lands left black and trackless — stars of hope
That leave behind belief in Dawn’s pink line
When they are snuffed beneath Night’s cloudy cloak.

The wards they leave are hot and iron-hard,
But even these are ashes in the end:
Strewn through dead fields by winds that leave stone scarred;
Consumed by rising depths that reap and rend.

When echoes end, the tallest walls are felled,
But grass sprouts green where Light’s last stands were held.

ROW80 Week 4: Circling

(Other ROW80 participants)

I was distracted this week.

It begun with reading Drowtales — a good webcomic, but unfortunately quite similar to my current story, to the point where I didn’t feel comfortable reading the one while writing the other.

Then there was roleplaying, which got me all inspired about a completely different project.

In the end, I wrote four days this week (out of a goal of five); but I’m in a good place to catch up this week.

Roleplaying has got me back into the right headspace for this story, and I’ve realised I have a quasi-deadline: on the 18th of August, my Mary-Sue project starts in earnest, so I’d better get this draft done before then.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 3: On Course

(Other ROW80 participants)

Despite some ups and downs along the way, this week came out pretty much as planned.

I didn’t make the same pace on my short story, but I still got a respectable 12 pages done. With a bit of poetry, that filled out my writing days for this week.

This story’s been an interesting experience. It ties into a lot of stuff I usually avoid thinking about — which isn’t a problem when I’m at peace, but it makes stress cut a bit deeper than usual.

All in all, though, it seems to be a positive thing. And since this is the love story I set a goal for at the beginning of the year, I can’t afford to turn aside too easily.

Good luck and happy writing!

ROW80 Week 1: Plans

(Other ROW80 participants)

My main goal this week was to write a plan for my Mary-Sue research project, which I did. (See my other blog — I’ll post further updates on this there.)

However, I was so focussed on that I didn’t spend any time on creative writing (my second goal).

The research project won’t properly kick off until mid-August, so I’m increasing my creative writing goal to five days a week for the time being.

Good luck and happy writing!