Updated: Sep 9, 2022
Hey look! Words!
About an hour after I sent in last week’s Post, I pulled out an old file and dropped 1500 words into… the mob novel. It’s been over a year since I was able to look at that work but I still desperately want to finish it. My writing is so different now.
I’ll be perfectly honest, personal writing is never my focus. WW is always #1 to me; it’s always the first thing I do and everything else is a distant second. I know that work is supposed to be third, behind friends and waffles, so I’m making an effort to spend more time with them. The friends, not the waffles. Although…
A couple months ago (don’t quote me on that timeline, I am Robin Williams in Jumanji) we decided to start an RPG. I’ve never been much for first person and I can’t stand present tense storytelling. When I read, I want to learn about someone else’s struggles, not be inside the character with all the pain. I have my own stuff, I don’t need their burdens too. I want to read about someone else surviving their situation to remind me I can survive mine.
In one of our RPG sessions , we battled an unseen force, my character fell from a window and later, that same blasted ghost stabbed him to death in a basement. Through a trash lid shield, I might add! It’s fine, I’m not bitter. We solved a murder and slayed a giant mutated spidery thing to save the magic school. We started a campaign to figure out why this town is so overrun with cats and we killed a goblin hunting party in a rescue mission.
The bug bit me. I had a weird idea for a new campaign that is mostly what they call “homebrew” (wherein I make it up myself) and I’ve been working on construction for around thirty minutes a day, where time allows. I’m seven pages into this world and I can’t talk about any of it because [spoilers] and the adventurers won’t get to play till Tuesday.
So while technically I’m not developing a cohesive piece that someone could read and follow, I’m still counting it as writing.
Fiction projects: 2
Fiction words this week: 4500
About the author: Theresa Green is the co-founder of The Writer's Workout and a crime fiction writer.