Preparing to progress with writing

Yesterday, I said that I hoped to write another 1000 words. I didn’t achieve that, but I did make progress in other ways. I am now up to 2,500 words in total, but I have realised that my initial structure wasn’t helpful, so I went back to the solutions that I used there.

I have now reconstructed my family tree groups, created a map of my fictitious town, and made a plan drawing of the Church Hall where the weekly sequence dances take place. Today I intend to create a calendar for the year ahead, in 2005, to block in the times and places where events are planned to happen. I don’t yet know what will happen at these events, but it will give me a skeleton structure to work with. I will also start an Excel chart to build back stories for the characters. That chart will provide a row for every year for the 75 years prior to 2005. The columns will plot character names, dates of birth, dates at school and further education, dates of starting work, dates they met/married/ started to live with/divorced/died etc. This will be my key chart to ensure that the story doesn’t have too many internal inconsistencies/improbabilities, or impossibilities.

I had hoped that today’s featured image would be the map I created in Excel. Apparently the jpeg image of my map is not large enough to use. I will seek advice about how to fix that problem. In coming days, I plan to include the other charts I am using as examples of the way I write. Today’s map shows the location of the key locations indicating the streets where I will place characters to live, work and meet.

I have no idea whether or not my ideas suit other writers because I have never met any other writers. I have never attended any creative writing groups or classes. My only experience is of starting writing during Lockdown. I’d love to know what other, more experienced writers, think – especially if they have any suggestions, either from their own experience, or about online resources.

Today’s featured image should be large enough – it was almost 22Mb before I resized it. The image is a photo I took a while ago of the Silver Jubilee Bridge between Widnes and Runcorn across the River Mersey. At the moment the bridge is closed to traffic. It has been replaced by the new Mersey Gateway toll bridge, but is being refurbished to be brought back into parallel service with the new bridge shortly.

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