A force of love feared she was incomplete,
And sought, and caught a soul in tight embrace;
Lifted her darling from his mortal feet
And laid him gently in a web of lace.
The web was torn, and brighter than the Sun
Her eyes were lit with rage and righteous pain.
She sought the forts where slavery had begun
And taught their tyrants terror — but in vain.
Her sweetheart was not taken as a slave.
He had been mortal, and he had grown old;
Had seen her love would stretch him past the grave,
And chose to face a fate that he controlled.
Upon this secret, spend no further breath.
We dare not let her think to challenge death.
The start-of-round post for this round tells us to focus on improving some aspect of our writing. This is probably a good idea, but I’m not sure how to choose a problem to focus on. For now, I’m just aiming to write more often, and trusting that a problem will show up in reflection, like characterisation did last round.
I take heart from the variety of goals the other participants have picked, which reminds me #ROW80 isn’t just for the people who already write daily.
So my goals this round (my 4th, the twelfth of #ROW80 itself):
- Finish reading a book every two weeks.
- Reflect on something in my writing each week.
- Write 1000 words on a project each week — either a story, or my Mary-Sue research project (see below).
- Write at least five days out of every seven (not counting work stuff or check-ins).
The research project I’ve been working on is basically my attempt to make sense of the Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test.
I tend to believe everything I read, so my first impression was that the test was an eminently sensible idea. My second, contradictory impression was that it would needlessly forbid a lot of characters.
To see which was correct, I decided to score all the books I read, and see whether the test scores matched people’s opinions of them.
I’m not sure how well this will work, as good writing isn’t a particularly easy thing to measure. But working on it does mean I read a wide variety of different books, and I have got a few interesting measurements so far.
I’m in the process of setting up a new website to rant about this on, so it doesn’t get mixed up with what I post here.
Good luck and happy writing!