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10 Point Plan: The Review

Well, according to the ticker on my User Info, the current 10 Point Plan has been underway for 1 Month, 2 Weeks and 3 Days. That's quite long enough, and though I only completed 8 tasks, I think it's time to put this one away and make a NEW and REVITALISED 10 Point Plan.

So, let us review, shall we, the 10 Tasks:

1. Compile a list of reasons why I love Questers so much.
Completed. I got a large number of reasons down, many of which made me feel very fuzzy and warm about Questers and the little muffins who populate that world.
An excerpt from my list

Because I love my supporting cast, too. I love how Aiadiam always asks the wrong question, but he’s so well-intentioned. I love how Robert and Symyn are so at peace with their low brain capacity! I love how Garathan smirks, and always winces when he tells a lie. I love how Bam loves Xana so much, even though he knows she can’t return the feeling. I love that Bam is sad, at the same time as he is heroic. I love that Mardek, the evilest of evil, is also naïve. I love that he genuinely doesn’t understand why Dellebeth won’t love him.

2. Reread what I have of Questers.
Done and done. It was quite a little trip down memory lane. And while there were things that made me wince with their crapness, there were also things that made me smile, and things that made me want to get back to work on it, which I guess is good.

3. Read the two versions I have of The Story and compare them.
I did this. And I'm really leaning towards Kateb as narrator, as opposed to telling it all 1st person.

4. Finalise who the two new Sex Scandals characters will be.
They will be Nikki's sister, Melanie, who will be obsessed with getting a boyfriend, and her male best friend, who has not quite been defined yet, but I made a start!

5. Brainstorm the five potential endings for Lu'Mi.
I did this, and I've narrowed it down to two. I call them the "Davin Ending" and the "Oin Ending". They could also be called the "Perfect Ending" and the "Imperfect Ending". As to choosing between the two, well... the Writer in me wants one ending, and the Person in me wants the other.

6. Attempt a rewrite of Part 2 of Patience.
Completed! This was a lot of fun, and I got to make use of the advice I got from the good people at Prodders.
A Very Brief Extract

Rob stared at his computer. He knew, of course, that it couldn’t possibly have developed an independent thought process and started giving him advice. All the same, he wasn’t certain.

He went down the next file, another burglary, a few months later. Just in case, he thought, as he opened it.

He wasn’t even surprised this time when the message appeared.

There are those who would call this stalking, creep.

The next blurb marked the file as a murder case. Rob considered things for a moment. Someone was hacking his system, and blocking files as he accessed them. It didn’t take much intellectual energy to develop a working hypothesis as to who it might be.

Just to test his theory, Rob tried to open the file. The screen went completely blank.

‘Right,’ he said.

2. Write the account of what happens to Lu'Mi, Davin, Cortan and Oin that night.
NOT completed. I couldn't get this done, because the whole story needs a rewrite, on account of I despise it!

3. Write a draft version of Bevyn's story, with Kateb as narrator.
Done. I like it better this way.

All: Can we have an extract?


4. Write one new scene for Sex Scandals.
Not completed. And I don't have an excuse.

5. Write one new scene for Questers. Any scene at all.
This was the most fun of all the tasks. Unsatisfied as I was with the original meeting I had for Xanthia and Taqan, I constructed a new one. I really think I've nailed Xanthia in a way I never have before: She absolutely DOES NOT CARE. Because it was the most successful, I will put an extended extract in a F-locked post.

Tasks Completed: 8/10


( 3 comments! — Make Remark! )
Jun. 10th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
Good work! And I love the extracts, they really make me want to read more!
Jun. 10th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
Well done on completing eight of your ten tasks! Now, er, do some more. Or something.

*trundles off to read the excerpt*
Jun. 21st, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
well done
Hi, it's Roz. Well done Kayt. It's tough work... but I'm glad you're ploughing on! Never be afraid to cut stuff out... but never be too harsh on yourself either.

I shudder to think how awful all our favourite books were in early draft forms.

It never really comes together properly until the very last line.
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