I am feeling much more productive this weekend than I was last weekend. I cleaned the kitchen, did the laundry, homework, finished 1/3 of GMC, by Debra Dixon, and was able to get a good chunk of writing in as well. I started out this weekend finishing up one chapter and was very please with it. Then I started the next chapter, and I just didn't feel like it had that umph that I was able to get into the previous one. Now, I know that not every chapter is going to be incredibly brilliant, but there was a post that I read earlier this week by Amy Davis Rose, which discussed how the writer needs to ask themselves if the words they are writing are fulfilling 3 purposes: driving the plot forward, developing a character, or describing setting. This post was very helpful in making sure I wasn't just putting this, that, and the other into the story, so when I started to feel like this is what was happening I stopped writing to assess why. I realized that I had not figured out my characters' Goals, motivations, and conflicts as deeply as I would have liked. I had the parts to almost all of my main characters, but those parts that were missing where leaving me feeling incomplete on things. Thus, the reason for working through Dixon's GMC. I must say, it has been helpful.
I am happy to report that I haven't let this block stop the writing process altogether. I have been seeing scenes and conversations between my characters in my head. Now, these scenes and conversations are at parts all throughout the book, so instead of just letting them go I have written them down. I feel like I am coloring-by-numbers, and when I get to those pieces it will be more like connect-the-dots, but when it is complete I hope to have a masterpiece. I am not counting these out of sync conversations and scenes as part of my words on my counter because they could just be notes right now, but if I count these words with what I have written this weekend, then I have written about 1200 words. Not as much as I would have liked, but I am still moving forward, which is all I can ask for.
For those of you looking for something to read, a fellow indie author,Heather Hildenbrand just released her book, Across the Galaxy for just $2.99. I haven't read it yet, but it looks good and another fellow indie, Aaron Niz, mentioned he started reading it and thinks it is good so far, and I trust his judgement. It is on my TBR list, so I will keep you posted.
One last thing, and this is really more of a rant than anything else. I keep seeing these McDonald's billboards everywhere advertising their happy meals for $2.99. My rant is that every time I pass one of these stupid signs I think to myself, "Man, it kinda sucks that I am working so hard to write a book, and then I will be selling it for less than a McDonald's happy meal, or if I am lucky or brave, I will be pricing it to compete with these stupid happy meals". So, go out and support those indies that work so hard in providing quality entertainment. Because all you are really giving up is a happy meal or a Jr. Bacon cheeseburger ($.99), and reading is a lot better for your mind than the stuffers they put in that meat.