Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WiP Wednesdays 10/14

Seeing as how I have no progress to report, I thought I'd utilize wordle to give you all a little statistical rundown of randomness on both Oracles Promise and Lodestar.

Oracles Promise:

First word when sorted according to frequency (low to high): aback

Last word when sorted according to frequency (low to high and excluding words like "the"): Jade

# of times I use the word "the": 3,023

Total # of words: 44,433


First word when sorted according to frequency (low to high): abandoned

Last word when sorted according to frequency (low to high and excluding words like "the"): Derek

# of times I use the word "the": 648

Total # of words: 10,388

I spent the last couple of days working on the first paragraph of Lodestar because I wanted to enter it into Nathan's 3rd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge. I've entered it and you can read it if you want. But I'll warn you, it's somewhere upward of entry #1000 at this point so if you don't want to read through all the comments to find mine, I'll understand. Like, try #1460 or so. (It's hard to know. About 4 or 5 people all posted at the same time.)

I did one character bio for Oracles Promise that I needed to do, but it's really only a partial bio. (Honestly, do I need one more character?) I did Jasmine's character bio, too. She's the little sister of one of my characters who, it turns out, is the same age as my MC and I decided it would make more sense for her to be one of my MC's friends instead of the two girls I'd created for her. So I think I lost two characters in the process of it all and have added an antagonist to the pot. (Never fear, there was an antagonist before, but I can't really talk about him.)

Oh, and if you're not reading in Reader, you'll have noticed the latest changes. (Hint: It's right at the top of the sidebar.)

Another sidenote, don't forget that you can still ask me a question if you so desire and I'll answer it tomorrow!



    Wow. You're beautiful! Just like I thought you'd be. :)

    So my question is why did you decide to come out of the anonymous closet?

  2. It is so nice to have a name and a face to associate you with. You are beautiful!

  3. Awww, love your picture!

    Better luck on your progress for next week.

  4. Great picture, you should always show your pretty face.

    I entered Nathan's contest. It was fun!

    Happy writing!

  5. Aww, you guys are sweet. Thanks for the support!

    Thanks everyone!

  6. Uh, oh. Wordle--a new way to dissect my own work. :)

  7. It's a dangerous thing, really. If I could ever figure out how to put the word cloud into a post, I would.

  8. Congrats on taking the step Stephanie, awesome to see your face! *smiling*

  9. Great pic! And after looking at your sidebar I have total WIP envy!!!!

  10. What a cute pic! It looks like an author pic. What made you decide to shed the anonymous? Good decision, no matter the cause :)

  11. Thanks, SF.

    Thanks, Anne. Don't be too envious. Nothing is really happening with most of them.

    Thanks, L.T.

    I'll answer the questions about stepping out of hiding in tomorrow's Q&A post.

  12. The mystery revealed! :) So good to "meet" you. Can't wait to here what brought on the change.

  13. LOL, Roni. I hope the answer doesn't disappoint!

  14. Lovely to see your picture :)
    Kate x

  15. Hey! It's you! Good luck with your first paragraph.

  16. I like your picture too! I also entered Nathan's contest--very fun. Good luck! :)

  17. wordle is so fun -- and love the new look over here. very fresh :)

  18. Lovely to see you! Having hidden away with no name or face you have emerged a beautiful butterfly.

  19. good luck on nathan's contest.

  20. Glynis, you're very kind. Thank you.

    Thanks, Shelli.

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  22. That is such a pretty picture of you!

    I'm curious about your character bios. I've been sort of struggling with characterization lately - how detailed are they and what do they include?

  23. Thanks, Julie.

    As to the character bios, it can vary. The more detailed ones go into medical background, criminal background (if there is one), what kind of home they were raised in, what they focus on in conversations, how they value possessions, etc. Every character, no matter what, gets at least a physical description and even just a paragraph or two on their life--where they grew up, how many siblings, etc.

    I use Noah Lukeman's The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life to interrogate my characters and develop these bios. But not every bio is equally in depth. Some characters get a 4+ page bio while others get 1 page.

    Hope that helps.


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