ROW 80: Check-In 8/14/11

Sunday, August 14, 2011

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This week hasn't been too bad for working. Though I haven't written as much as I'd hoped to, I've made progress. Part of the time spent was on Behind the Name. The MC now has a new name. It took me long enough, but first I had to let myself get pulled deep enough to be more open to names that suited the mood, setting, and her personality. After narrowing it down to two names, I took the one that sounded prettier and tried it out. It fits really well and adds to the flavor of the setting better than I thought.

The new beginning is moving along. I'm still not sure how I'm going to mesh it with what I already have, but I'm not quite up to that point yet. I just hope that my crit group will think it makes sense. They're looking forward to reading it, which is always a nice feeling.

I've also started researching where to send this piece when I get it polished up. Not in depth with that part yet, since I'm only in round 2 of the draft. (Round 3 is my crit group.) But just to start getting ideas and see if there's any deadlines I may want to keep in mind.

My goal for the week: finish the new beginning and connect up to the previous beginning. It'll take a bit of rewriting, since I made a few setting and story changes, but I hope it'll be even stronger.


Nadja Notariani said...

Hi Jaleh!

Glad to hear your writing is progressing. Better get ready for that critique....ha! I just added a few scenes to my novel during earlier edits, and really, it was fun to add at the end. I could see more easily where I needed to add some shine to the manuscript than before it was finished. Hope to hear that's how is works out for you! You'll find a great way to tie in your new beginning with what you already'll come to you! ~ Nadja

Jaleh D said...

Thanks, Nadja!

alberta ross said...

Ah names - I spend many hours choosing the correct name - so important glad you found one that not only fits but is lovely as well - all the best for the next week

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's great! And good to know I'm not the only one who takes a while to select names. My manuscripts tend to have blanks where a name will eventually go.

Jaleh D said...

Sometimes names come easy to me, but sometimes they are agonizing. It depends on the story. This one I'm rewriting, I'd had a name for her in the original, but then I decided I wanted a specific tone to the story and the name no longer worked.

Tia Bach said...

Good luck with your beginning... such an important part. There's no ending without a proper beginning. Hope it all falls into place.

It's funny about names. Some can really throw me off. Hope your new name continues to work and impress.

Thanks for stopping by Depression Cookies. I love the ROW80 encouragement!

Joshua said...

Good luck! I'm sure it'll be a fantastic read.

Amanda said...

Names are always hard for me. I wish you luck, I'm sure it would be an enjoyable read.

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