Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Word Count Wednesday

I had a really good week this week! I've been revising so my word count wasn't as high as past weeks, but I'm really loving how the story is shaping up.

I've concentrated on working through the emotional layer of the characters.  I've been digging deeper so that not only will my characters feel the impact, but my readers will as well. Which means I'm not going to say "She was frustrated," I'm going to say, "She dug her fingernails into her palm until it hurt." It's about not just telling the story, but experiencing it, if that makes sense.  So, that's what I've been working on in my revision.

A free writing guide that has helped me look for ways to dig deeper when I'm crafting emotion can be found here. Jordan McCollum offers several helpful writing guides and gives great examples on how to put more depth and layers into your writing. Worth your time!

How did you do on your writing goals this week?


Jon Spell said...

My big work project is done, but now I'm on an intensive, limited-time thing. Maybe on Tuesday I can breathe again and start writing again.

I've just finished three amazing books - the first two books by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) which are murder mystery books, well-done, great twists and turns, satisfying conclusions. The other book is the odd-but-awesome Curious Incident of the dog in the nighttime, a slice-of-life drama written first-person by an autistic savant. Very, very interesting and a quick read. Reading good books is actually an incentive to write. I want to be able to do THAT!

I'll have to check Jordan's guide out, and maybe before I get enmeshed in the next books on deck (Ready Player One, Stephanie's latest), maybe there's some other sort of project I might be able to help a friend out with.... /whistle

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

I'll have to look into those books! Thanks for the recommendations. I might be able to help you with that project, though . . . soon. ;)