17 June 2018
Oh, what a week. I hope you were all more productive than I’ve been!
I had a trip to London this week to attend a technology unconference, so I had a few days less to write in. I did manage to get some writing done on the train, but I can only take so much over-heating and cramping before I lose my mind.
I know you all want to know, how did my talk go? Well…
It wasn’t a good sign when I checked the schedule the night before and discovered I was competing with “popular” sessions…
Still, I had a “fun” late night working on my presentation.
And on the day… well, only one unconference attendee actually came along – and she thought I was going to talk about something else.
So, that was kind of a bummer.
But, you know what? It’s always cool to see the city.
And thank the Lords of Kobol that I booked a flight home and avoided the weekend rail chaos!
Anyway, let’s get back to business.
This time last week, I had eight story beats sketched out:
My goals were to:
Did I hit those goals?
The short answer is: no.
I hit the 1,000-word goal for a few of the beats, but the rest languished a bit. It took me a few days to figure out the flaw in my plan: I was throwing all my characters’ introductions together into the same summary, all their midpoints into the same summary, all their climaxes into the same summary… and so on.
I couldn’t easily make sure that each character was getting the development that they needed. There were too many gaps in the story that I couldn’t fill because even the summaries were too tangled-up.
So, I split the single list of beats out into a group for each character:
And now that the summaries are broken out, it’s much easier to see where the story’s weaknesses are:
My goal – again! – is to get these beats nailed.
This time next week, I want 500 words per character’s beat. That’s 4,000 words per character. That’s 16,000 words in total.
Mark’s novella Dead Stop has recently been released in paperback, and is a fantastically funny romp with ghosts, zombies, and an evil corporation. Check it out!
And Andy recently went up against Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain in a debate about video game addition. His next book – Taming Gaming – is about healthy video gaming and up for crowdfunding now.
So, this happened. My attempt to discuss healthy gaming advice with Piers. All good fun, but to really help parents and children in this crucial area of life support I'm writing a book for parents here: https://t.co/9T5LeLupR2 @uk_ie @GamesRatingUK @IM_org @eurogamer @Kidzcoolit pic.twitter.com/OFYSVcN5ZA— Andy Robertson (@GeekDadGamer) June 15, 2018
Anyway, have a great week everyone! Get those words out, take care of yourself, and make the world a better place.
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