Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #45 — Partner

Welcome to #45 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

Here’s another installment of Amy and Kelvin’s story. Visit their page for all of their posts.

Quick note: As I’m working hard on Working the Asset (Deniable Unit Novel #1), I’m cutting Genre Scribes to once a fortnight (every two weeks).

This week’s random word is: Partner

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Working the Asset – Update 2 June

I’ve had my head down this week, getting more of the outline for Deniable Unit 1: Working the Asset fine-tuned. I’m now 80% done with the editorial pass for the plot (1 of 7 passes)!

With every action step I complete, the outline transforms into a better, stronger, and more cohesive story. I can’t wait to see it fully formed and in stores!

If you’re wondering what I mean by “action steps,” they’re from H. R. D’Costa’s Sparkling Story Drafts (affiliate link)–it’s a fantastic series on outlining screenplays and novels.

Writing Update!

It’s been a while (a really long while) since I’ve done an update post for my writing progress. That’s mainly been down to life getting in the way of writing.

In the last month or so, I’ve taken steps to remedy that—pretty much bahookie in chair and head down kind of steps.

What I’m Working On:

I’m back to working on the outline for Deniable Unit #1. Also, I finally have a working title for DU1: Working the Asset.

Outlining Method

The outlining method I’m using is called Iterative Outlining, a method created by H. R. D’Costa.

A quick reminder of what iterative outlining is: it’s like doing all the developmental editing that usually happens after the story is written, but at the outlining stage—in three phases.

There’s a lot of work upfront, and it seems like it’s neverending, but it’s worth it. So far, I’ve saved a whole lot of time by fixing a plot issue I hadn’t even noticed was there. One that would have cost far more time editing at the end.

The Final Stage

At last, I’m on the final stage of iterative outlining, called the working outline. This one consists of seven editorial passes:

  1. Plot
  2. Structure
  3. Premise
  4. Delight
  5. Four Workhorses
  6. Character
  7. Odds and Ends

Progress

As of today, I’m 70% of the way through the editorial pass for the plot. Woohoo!

progress

My progress will pick up steam as I work through all the passes, and I’ll share how it’s going here on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll join me as I get ever closer to typing THE END.

Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #44 — Foreigner

Welcome to #44 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

Here’s another installment of Amy and Kelvin’s story. Visit their page for all of their posts.

This week’s random word is: Foreigner

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Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #43 — Plan by Susan T. Braithwaite

Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #43 — Plan

Welcome to #43 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

Again, we’re back with another installment of Amy and Kelvin’s story. Visit their page for all of their posts.

This week’s random word is: Plan

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Genre Scribes: Friday Fiction Writing Challenge #42 — Extort

Welcome to #42 of the Friday Fiction Writing Challenge! Here’s a complete list of all the posts so far. Feel free to join in.

Hi everyone! Guess who remembered to set up a reminder for the challenge. I’m seriously toying with having a 3:45AM daily reminder tell me what day it is. (And, yes, 3:45 is our normal get up for Jez‘s work during lockdown.)

We’re back with Amy and Kelvin’s story, picking where we left them last time. Visit their page for all of their posts.

I had a lot of fun writing this one, mainly because of Harvey. He’s been living in my head for about three years, and I’ve been dying to let him out onto the page. I hope you enjoy meeting him. 🤞

This week’s random word is: Extort

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Who Knew It Was Friday

Life in a key worker household is a wee bit random at the best of times, but during lockdown? Crazy doesn’t quite cover it. I’ve been operating under the delusion that today is last Saturday. Yeah, as I said crazy.

Due to said confusion, I won’t be posting the Genre Scribes challenge this week. But, I’ve got reminders all over my calendar for next week.

Until then, stay safe.

When did this bird hear laser pistols?

Photo credit: Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Something Fun #1

With a lot of us still in lockdown, I wanted join in with other bloggers who are sharing fun/beautiful/uplifting posts.

After having a wee keek at my photo archives, I found a photo that always makes me chuckle. It’s from Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. This has got to be the best heavy metal album cover, ever. 😂

Best heavy metal album cover, ever.

If you’re looking for a little boost in the mood department, check out these bloggers: Photos by Jez, Bushboys World, My Plaid Heart, luna’s on line.