Now that I’ve got your attention, I wanted you to know that if you’re writing a story that has a real person in it, and you’re as true to history as you can get, it is the hardest thing you will ever do. You have to research everyone involved to make sure that you have the person in the right place at the right time, or you will have to scrap the scene (which really isn’t fun at all).
What I mean is that writing anything that’s historical in nature and trying to remain true is the hardest thing you will ever do. I only hope that in the end I will do justice to the men and women I’m writing about.
Two lovely things happened today. I think I mentioned this before. If not then I probably should have. I finished my rough draft. All 443 pages and around 93K words.
Today I went out and had the manuscript printed out. It’s about an inch thick. For a long time I’ve always worked with computer files. This is the first time I’ve gone out and plopped down money to print something I’ve written. It actually makes it real.
Now comes the hard part, all those revisions and stuff. I know it’s crappy, so this is the time I get to see just how bad it really is so I can fix it.
The other lovely thing that happened, or is happening right now is that there’s clear wet stuff falling from the skies. I’m like “what is this?” See, where I live we should have over 5 1/2 inches of rain since the beginning of the year. Until today we’ve had maybe 0.8 inches. Yeah, it’s bad.
I luv the sound of rain hitting the windows. It’s just a lovely white noise. I hope I get to hear more of it as the days pass.
Now that I think back, I probably did post about finishing my rough draft. I guess I don’t remember because I slept since then. 😉
The night went fairly well. I knew mine was crappy, but you gotta start somewhere. We had to state our 1 sentence pitch and then everyone discussed it and helped get it honed into something that’s more presentable to the people who need to hear them.
We had two that decided not to attend. One, who’s name is Bret, I don’t think was ready for the critiquing. It seems his skin isn’t thick enough to deal with the ripping and bloodshed that happens in a working group. Yes, he had completed his novel, but…
Still, I think it went fairly well.
Yes, I’ve reached the point of having to begin creating a pitch for my novel. My critique group has homework, and that’s to create a 1 sentence, 1 paragraph, and 2 paragraph pitches. You never know when you’re going to need something like that.
People always state that the one sentence pitch is the hardest. I guess I’m not normal in for me that was the easiest thing to put down. It also makes me wonder if my overall story is too convoluted for its own good?
I know I haven’t posted anything about my story here, it’s because I’m still working on it. At least I’m almost half finished with it being close to 40K words.
Now I know word count shouldn’t be all that important, but in the end we do obsess over it. As of this moment I have a little over 35K words in my first original fiction story. I’ve dabbled in fanfic for years, but this is the first time I took the plunge. It’s amazing just how freeing creating your own universe is. Although at the same time I’m writing in a historical setting with real people and events. So it’s not so freeing as I once thought.
I’m writing about slavery and how at least one fictitious person is dealing with the realization that he owns slaves. People automatically think it takes place in the 1860s, but it doesn’t. It takes place over 50 years earlier and in England when the Evangelicals were pushing for reform and abolishing the slave trade. It took from October 1805 when the first vote failed spectacularly to 1833 when slavery was officially done away with in the British Empire and all because of one man.
So if you’re thinking you can’t make a difference, I beg to differ. William Wilberforce was one man who changed the course of the British Empire and freed millions upon millions of slaves.
Anywho back to my obsession on word count. The more I write the more I feel I will not reach the fabled 100K word mark. It’ll probably be somewhere between 50K and 75K. Not bad for a first time.
I mentioned that I would update how my writing has been progressing since that writer’s conference. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to keep mostly on track with 700 words per day. The last few days, though, I really haven’t done writing per se, but more along the lines of editing sections to get them ready for critiquing. If it ends up adding to the word count, I’m all for it! 🙂
The biggest change is that I needed to dumb down a character. Meaning, the character could read, but not write or is familiar with math (or ciphers as he calls them). But he gets promoted to a very important position, so all is good. 😉
Next weekend I’ll be attending a free writer’s conference. I think it’ll be really cool. I believe one can never attend too many conferences. I see playing a musical instrument, or dance lessons the same way. One can never have enough of the basics.