Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Work in Progress Wednesday

Is it Wednesday already? Where in the heck is the week going? Wait, if it's Wednesday, then that means only two more days until Friday and margaritas!

Oh, wait, I'm supposed to post some info about my current Work in Progress.

In summary . . . first sentence written, basic concept devised, main character named and somewhat fleshed out, three secondary characters named and somewhat fleshed out, inserted a bit of irreverence and snark, completed Chapters 1 & 2, and have initial idea for Chapter 3!

Word Count - 3,500 approximately.

First sentence, in case you missed it in my post the other day: "You're not George Bailey and this is not It's A Wonderful Life!"

Will the sentence remain forever as the opening of the novel? I have no clue. Things change as things change. I'm just happy the words are flowing.



Justus M. Bowman said...

A start's a start! Word by word, you'll build a story.

Litgirl01 said...

Hey...I like that opening. Makes me want to read! :-)

Tess said...

Love that first line, Scott! It really tells me something about the tone of the work. I'd read on for sure.

Davin Malasarn said...

That first sentence works for me! But, I think it's wise to stay flexible. Good work this week. Keep it up.

Scott said...

Davin - the first sentence, like any first sentence, is always subject to my whims. It might always remain the first sentence, or it might move to somewhere else in the first chapter. : ) For now, it served it's purpose - The Void is gone.

I also learned long ago that flexibility is the key to writing. As much as we (I) think our (my) writing is brilliant just the way it spewed forth onto the computer screen, doesn't necessarily mean those words are carven in stone and cannot be rearranged so our (my) brilliance shines forth more clearly.

LitGirl - I'll have you know that, so far, the word 'margarita' has not entered this work in progress. There's still time, though.

Tess - you can see the tone of the work in that one sentence? Dang, you're good. Seriously, the more I work, the more I know where I'm going and the tone I want. There'll be quite a bit of darkness in the story, so I want the tone to offset those moments. Hope it works.

Justus - that's how we all begin, word by word. Too bad, like my Aphrodite example in a post, the story doesn't just leap fully formed from our minds. Then again, what would be the point of writing. Half the fun, at least for me, is the journey my characters take me on with each word I type.


PJ Hoover said...

So glad it's going well!

I've started outlining, and realize I have to use my brain again :)

Litgirl01 said...

I am going to have one when I get home from work! I can tell you that right now! lol Perhaps Tyrone the margarita drinking gladiator will join me. He's HOT! You really know how to pick em!

Scott said...

LitGirl - it's a talent!

Robyn said...

First sentence sounds great. After that draft is done, I wonder what that first sentence will be. Guess I'll have to stay tuned, huh? :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Keep going! Down here with all our slangy snarky ways, your opener would sound like: "Buddy, you're not George Bailey and this ain't A Wonderful Life, so it don't look like you'll be gettin' your wings any time soon." :)

Scott said...

Robyn - the first sentence of any draft is always subject to change. I don't think the sentence will disappear, but it might move around somewhere in the chapter before the writing is done!

Angie - even though the story takes place in TN, I resisted the impulse to use some of the slang! : )