Did you reach your goal?
Yes, I did! I have A Mighty Fortress edited through chapter 24 at the time of this post. That means there are only six more chapters to edit and I will be finished with the second draft!
Be Thou My Vision currently stands at 15,432 words. If I recall correctly, I started July with only about 8,000 words. It is coming along nicely.
What was the most difficult part of finishing something this July?
The most difficult part was finishing anything the week of July 5-16. We had some cousins stay with us and they were a handful.
Did you maintain a writing schedule? How often did you write to meet your goal?
Not really. I just wrote and edited when I the time to do so. Usually in the mornings and evenings, but there were also some afternoons.
List some of the musical tracks/artists you listened to most frequently this July. Tell us why they inspired you and how they fit with your story.
I listened to whatever came up on my John Williams Pandora station. Unless I really didn’t like it and I skipped the song. Mostly there is the Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Narnia soundtracks with some others mixed in. I play the music because (most of the time) I enjoy the style of music, not necessarily how they fit with my story because most of the time, they don’t.
Snippets! Share as much, or as little, as you choose.
Joshua skimmed the telegram. He closed his eyes and breathed a sigh of relief. Thank You, Lord! She was willing to come and her father was coming with her. “How good is your memory, Jeremiah?”
Jeremiah furrowed his eyebrows and jerked back slightly. “I think it’s pretty good. Why?”
“Can you remember a message that I tell you?”
Jeremiah gave a half smile. “Depends on how long it is.”
Joshua smiled. “It isn’t very long.”
“Okay, here it is. ‘Come ASAP stop Time is running out stop Lodging will be provided stop Sheriff Brookings.’ Got it, Jeremiah?”
Jeremiah repeated it back to Joshua word perfect. Joshua nodded with a satisfied smile on his face. “Good! Now go tell it to the telegraph man and get it sent out.”
“Yes, sir!” Jeremiah ran as fast as he could out of the office and down the street. Joshua shook his head, laughing. “Oh, to have that much energy again.”
Stone wall, more stone wall, small window too high up to see out of, another stone wall, metal bars set into a stone wall frame.
Lowering his gaze, he looked at the small writing desk. He wondered if it was actually supposed to be a table. There was still a little paper and a pencil sitting on the desktop. He had already done more writing than he ever intended to do. The chair sat at the desk, looking as uncomfortable as it was.
The floor was made of stone and hid things, especially dirt, very well. It almost hid the Bible that Jed thought he’d kicked under the cot. The bible hid well enough that Jed almost didn’t see it. But he did. His hand started to reach for it. Jed jerked his arm back with a force that almost knocked him backwards. He was not going to read that book!
Pick a character from your July writing project and describe his or her daily wardrobe. Imagine how this character would dress is he or she were living in the year 2013.
Anna Stuart would wear the dresses typical of the late 1870s: Long skirts, modest bodices or tops with long sleeves. Think Laura Ingalls Wilder.
If she lived in 2013, she would probably wear what most women in their late 20s wear. Jeans, t-shirts, makeup, an occasional dressier outfit. It would also depend on what kind of job she was working at.
Bonus Question (skip if so desired–I shan’t be offended)! What was your favorite part of Actually Finishing Something [in] July? What could be done next year to improve the challenge?
The challenge and extra incentive it gave me to push through and get some editing and writing done. I don’t think I would be as far as I am with A Mighty Fortress if I hadn’t done this.