Weekly Writing Update: Lillian Lives!

So, my writing goal this week was to write a chapter of Lillian. And guess what? I succeeded. I now have Chapter One written.

Granted, I don't know if this Chapter One will work or not. It might be way too boring to hook readers. But at least now I can forget about setting the stage and dive into telling a story.

Mrs. Tittlemouse - Beatrix Potter:

My word count in Lillian is now 3,196. About two-thirds of that was written this week. Not very impressive, but it's a start. :)

Next week's goal? I hope to add at least another chapter, and get into the habit of writing every day no matter what. That's a habit I'll need if I want to win NaNoWriMo in November.

Well! That's it for me. What are your writing projects looking like? And does anybody have any tips on what makes a good first chapter? 

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  1. Awesome! I can't wait to read it! :D Although, perhaps now you've written it, you might consider posting amongst us inklings again....? Maybe...? Well, at least you know what story you're doing for nano. I know the story, but not the book. I'm in a quandary over whether Beyond The Stars (Vance's story)is going to be the first book or the second and whether I should write the prologue as a whole first story instead of just a prologue. But, on the bright side, Alomina, my main book, is at word-count of almost 36,000, so yay! I think that it should go to the dumps with first chapter hooks. :P I am so tired of none of my stories (except Owain) having any hooks that I have come to look down upon starting in the action. But, if your hook can be something non-action-related, then you are BRILLIANT!!!

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    1. Oh yes, I did submit it to Inklings. It should go up pretty soon. :)

      Aren't writing decisions so tough sometimes?? Not knowing whether Beyond the Stars is Book 2 or Book 1 reminds me of my space trilogy - my Book 2 is, I think, more interesting than Book 1 and Book 1 could very well be packed into a prologue. Well not exactly. That whole trilogy needs totally revamped anyway.

      Congratulations on Alomina! That's exciting. :)

      I'm really bad at action hooks. Actually I don't know if I've ever really tried one. See, I feel like the "hookiest" kinds of books aren't so much the ones that start with a fight scene or a robbery or a duel, but ones that start with unique concepts and interesting settings and lovable characters, and raise lots of questions. That "raising questions" technique is one I heard recommended a ton when I first started reading writing blogs, and I was like, "Really?" But it does seem to work. :) I don't know why I'm rambling about this...

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  2. Love it, Lucy! And, yes, Lillian shall be up very shortly on the Inklings. And, good job, Lucy! I'm just glad that you are working on it, because I absolutely adore your Lillian story! :) By the way, if anyone on this blog would like to read and give feedback on the prologue and, soon, the first chapter of Lillian, you are welcome to go to: http://theinklings.wixsite.com/inklings

    Oh, my goodness, beginnings and first chapters are the absolute hardest for me. I can never decide the best way to start, or where to even start in the first place. When I write most of my first chapters, I already know that I am probably going to come back in editing and redo them almost completely. They are pesky little things- those first chapters.

    My writing projects are coming along steadily. I have stuck with a minimum 300 daily word goal for the past week. *pat myself on the back* :P I personally find it really hard to write everyday, so I found that setting a low word goal is very helpful.
    At least you both have the guts to actually attempt NaNoWriMo. I am too much of a coward to have ever tried such a daunting task... Have either of you ever done it in previous years? Do you think that it is worth it?

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    1. Hehehehe.... I have never done it up until now, so I am pretty scared. I actually just recently found out what it was about, thanks to dear Lucy here. *pats Lucy on back* I almost never write the same story every day consistently for more than a week or two. Once I got myself to write 3 pages a day for four weeks, but it then faded quickly. :P

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    2. Thanks, Anna! I'm glad you like it. :) And thanks for posting that link to the Inklings site - if you don't mind, I'd like to kinda "promote" (meaning sing the praises of, with links) Inklings in these writing-related posts.

      I know, aren't beginnings hard?? Well, I guess it doesn't hurt to rewrite...and rewrite...and rewrite. It's probably healthy. It's just...really annoying. :P

      Ooh, a 300 daily word count goal is an AWESOME idea. You make a good point about low word goals. I set one of 1000 words daily in September, but I probably won't be able to commit to that, so maybe I should lower it... And anyway, I plan on making Lillian shorter than 30,000 words, so I really don't need 1000 words every day in September. :) I'm glad to hear your writing projects are going well!

      Heheheh...I've never done NaNoWriMo, but I figure I might as well give it a try. Worst case scenario is complete failure, but I think I can handle that. And more than likely it'll force me to write more than I would otherwise. Although I've never done NaNo, I did do a Camp NaNo in...April, I think? Yeah, April. In Camp NaNo you can set your own word count goal, so I set mine at 30,000 words and barely made it. I think that was definitely worth it - I finished a first draft of my Ellen story, which I doubt I would have ever accomplished otherwise.

      (Don't be scared, Isi! Might as well give it a shot. We'll flounder through it together!) :)

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    3. Yes, go on ahead and promote the Inklings! The more stories the better!

      Wow, that is a pretty darn ambitious daily word goal, Lucy! I'm sure you could do it, but I find it easier to type the words when I know that there is a small goal.

      Well... *bite my lip and fidget in hesitation* I guess I'll get over my fear and give it a go with you both. After all, like you said, Lucy, the worst that could possibly happen would only be completely failure (and a bunch of words). :P

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    4. Yay for Anna! I'm sure both of you will do better than I... I haven't the slightest how beyond writing goals...

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    5. Yes, yay! Although - I hope no one feels like they HAVE to do it. Of course there are pros and cons to everything. :)

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  3. Hurrah for a goal completed and a story started!
    The Lillian story sounds adorable, and I hope to hear more about it soon.
    I'm still learning how to create first chapters. But I find that a good character introduction is usually a good story introduction.

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    1. Thanks, Blue! :)
      That's a good point. I need to work on character introductions - and especially main characters. I love my side characters, but my main characters always turn out flat somehow...

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