Okay, it's been a little over a week since my last update, but I'm not too unhappy with that as I've had a busy few days! This is the first time I've been able to sit in front of my PC at home for more than a few minutes since Sunday, and I'm making the most of the opportunity to get this update written!
The next update should contain a little more in the way of hard facts about what I've written so far - word counts, chapter listings, planning summary etc. I need to get my laptop all hooked up to get that though (as that's where the latest versions of everything currently are) and I'm feeling too lazy to go and do that. In the mean time, I'll tell you about what I've been doing.
I haven't actually written anything more since the last time I updated, but I'm relatively happy in saying that I've done some research and some much-needed character background development somy week hasn't been wasted.
The most important objective I (mostly) accomplished this week was the initial planning of the sequence that takes up most of the last third of the book. This involves heavy use of the City of Winchester as a location. As obvious and a little trite as it might sound, I chose Winchester because it's a place I know pretty well, and it's a great little city. Not only that, but it contains actual history, which makes it even more useful! There's been a cathedral
there since the Norman Conquest, large sections of the city walls still remain, the ruins of Wolvesey castle
- once the residence of the Bishops of Winchester - lie not far from both the cathedral and Winchester College - which itself has been in existence for hundreds of years. And, most importantly for me, there is the Hospital of St Cross
, the only place on that list that I haven't actually visited yet. My plans for the Bank Holiday later this month are to go and walk the route through Winchester that my main characters are going to be taking, to give myself a better understanding of distances, times, locations and the feel of the place. Not really a hardship, I have to admit.
On the other side of things, I also spent a bit of time thinking about the background of one of the book's major characters - where he's from, where he's been and, more importantly, why he's been there. I'm planning to spend time doing that for all the characters (though I've already done one other, and there aren't that many more as I'm not exactly aiming for a large cast here), but this one had been bugging me as it's starting to feel more relevant. And, sure enough, lo and behold as I started putting his background together one of the details that I'd been trying to tie into the main plot fell into place as easily as a very easy thing indeed.
All of which makes me a very happy little writer. I'd be happier still if I'd added a few thousand words to the word count, but one can't have everything, can one?( On a completely non-book-related subject...Collapse )