Back to School Schedule for Writers

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This is my schedule for the fall semester |

For my first week, this will look like the following.

Day 1

I have taken up my speculative fiction project again and I have a lot of already written material but because it has been a while since I worked on the story I need to get a new overview of all the threads wearing through the story. This will be an ongoing process because I like to keep it flexible if I work out an all too tight outline I easily get bored. With that being said I am looking forward to receiving the book Save the Cat anytime soon to tie down the plot even more.

There is a lot of characters in this story and I enjoy the gallery however I have a problem with my main character. I don’t know why I don’t like him very much. The time block set aside to work on characters will therefor revolve around him and I hope that my other new buy The Emotional Craft of Fiction will help me with this.

The best thing about taking this project up again is the excitement and renewed faith in the story. But I know that after a couple of weeks I am again so entangled in the mess of trying to write how I picture this entire world that I need some encouragement to get going. To work on my mindset I will read Big Magic again. ( I love the notion of the shit sandwich)

Day 2

Words.The building blocks of all writing. For a speculative fiction book, part of the fun is to come up with new words. But I also enjoy working with rhythm and how to mix nouns and verbs in a way that makes the sentences dance. For this block, I will gather all the new words I already have conjured and put them in a list.

To build on the work previously done on that day I will write a dialogue scene where one of the characters uses one of the words. And see if that doesn’t lead into some inspired free writing

Day 3

Setting is of cause much more than just the place where the action unfolds but most of my ideas come from an inner image of a place. And that image invokes the atmosphere of multiple scenes. There is a pivotal scene I still need to write for the middle of the story which takes place in mid-air so that is what I will be working on this Wednesday. This will probably lead to some backstory as well.

I love to watch other writers talk about their profession and this week I will watch an episode of Between the Lines: An Interview Series with Kelly Corrigan on Creativelive where she interviews Celeste Ng.

Day 4

September air has a quality to it that calls for time spent at the desk. It is not too cold or hot. The light folds around me like a blanket and makes me feel like I am at the shore looking out on the ocean. This Thursday is meant for writing.

With the extra pages, I will need to check in with my outline and perhaps make a plot adjustment or two.

And to soak up the last of the summer I will go for a walk.

Day 5

My favorite thing to write is scenes with the antagonist and I will round up the week with my antagonist being on top of his game.

I don’t know yet what I will choose for this block but it will be something that has been fun working on during the week so it naturally leads into a celebration that I still have to come up with an idea for.

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