ROW80 Check-in 10-19-2011

Well, my first goal was to enter the 50-Word Summary Contest.  Due to the
Nature of the prize, that was my primary focus.  I am happy to say that I took a deep breath and entered.  Thanks to everyone who gave feedback.  Here was my final entry:

Darkness threatens the galaxy from within. Magellan Talbot, a poor miner’s son, is chosen by their Goddess to defeat it.  But a tragic accident erases Magellan’s memory.  If he can’t fight Darkness, it will smother the Goddess and the galaxy with her.  Magellan can prevail, if he could only remember.

Wish me luck!

Goal # 2 was to write a short story.  Unfortunately, I haven’t even started it.  I went off on another tangent, but that’s okay.  If you saw my post yesterday, I made a small change to my novel that had a significant change in the overall “effect”.  So my novel, I hope, actually has an ending now.  To me, this was HUGE.

I am mildly concerned about my short story though.  It was perfectly formed in my head while I was camping over the weekend.  I have the first paragraph scribbled into my journal.  My only hope is that I will still be in the right “emotional state” to write it when I finally get to it.  When you are out in the woods camping, your mind works differently than when you are stuck in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

I missed visiting fellow ROWers on Monday, but I made up for it on Tuesday by tripling my efforts.

Although I am not getting done what I originally hoped to do, I feel exhilarated about what I DID do.  Goals have to change, especially in a creative environment where you never know when Epiphany will hit you on the head with a hammer.  **That’s a Thor reference, for those of you who didn’t see  yesterday’s post.  🙂

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7 responses to “ROW80 Check-in 10-19-2011

  1. It’s a really big deal when you figure out something that brings a book together. That’s a major step forward. One came to me at the dinner table last week. LOL. Resulted in three new scenes and expanding another scene — it really made certain parts work, it was amazing! Gotta love that!

  2. Fantastic progress on your goals – I am super impressed! Loved the 50-word summary…and an ending to your novel, that’s wonderful! I have no doubt with this momentum, your short story will come together beautifully! :)))

  3. KUDOS on your final version for the 50 words, Jen. NO wasted words and I connect with the MCs dilemna. GMC? All there (and powerful) in that short synopsis. Okay, now off to my WIP. STILL awaiting an epiphany for tomorrow’s post. GAAAH!

  4. I will agree with Jenny above. Do not force anything, just have fun with what you are doing and let the words come to you.

    Good luck with everything!

  5. HI Jennifer, I thought you might like to read http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes/2011/06/02/practical-tips-on-writing-a-book-from-22-brilliant-authors/

    Loo lower in the page. There are a lot of helpful hints from published authors.

  6. I agree with Jenny about how time-consuming editing can be. I usually edit several times…I often call this tweaking.

    I like your 50 word summary. Good luck!

  7. I commend you and I KNOW how busy you were with the re-write and the epiphany. Sometimes editing is far more time-consuming than the writing. I think you’ve done an excellent job in reaching your goals.

    My advice on the short: don’t force it. It will come when the time is right. Just keep pen and paper handy.

    Great going, Jen!