Week 10: August 17, 2015
How I did (last week): Still revising. I may let these last two stories (Fading Fast, Home Again) sit a while and come back to them later for the another round of re-write.
Goals this week:
- I need to flesh out the timeline for the novel, so I can reconcile with the chapter sequences I drafted initially.
- I need to loop in a few other minor characters to the timeline and ensure the plot lines are crossing and escalating in the right places.
- I also need to create a family tree to ensure the ages of the characters and relationships are correct.
A favorite passage (Home Again):
“My wife and I couldn’t have children either,” he broke in.
Ilene looked up suddenly and then looked down again, fearing that she had embarrassed him.
“It’s not an easy thing for most people to discuss,” he continued. “I wouldn’t condemn all men because of the verbal and emotional constipation of a few,” he finished.
“I don’t condemn all men,” Ilene retorted defensively.
“I’m sorry. I’m getting us off topic,” he apologized. “My wife never really wanted to discuss it either. So, I’m not sure it’s a gender-specific response. Are you sure the reason for their reluctance was related to not being able to have children?”
Ilene looked at him and asked, “What else would it be?”
William looked starkly at her and said, “It may have been about their discomfort with not wanting children. It’s one thing to discuss not being able to have them. It’s different to say your fine with that because you don’t want children to begin with. If they saw your disappointment at not being able to, they would likely be reluctant to add their own feelings about not wanting to.”
Biggest challenge: I have another short story ready to tell, but I think I’ll hold off. Normally, I would charge ahead and start it. But, I’m resisting the urge to have too many irons in the fire.
What I like about my WiP: What I like about most of them: Characters who start out as my puppets. Then, they cut their strings and dance away to the tunes in their own heads while I just watch and write down what happens.