RoW80 Check-In: September 7th.

He was wasting time, thought. It wasn’t as if Gilferen could storm off through the solid wall, so Locke wondered why he was trying to justify his actions in the first place. He was the leader, after all; Gilferen was easily his right hand man, but still one of his men all the same.
Deep down, too, somehow, Locke knew that whatever he wanted to do, Gilferen would follow him to the very ends of Aryneth.

We’re probably about halfway through Chapter Three. I had the day off yesterday and, of course, one always tries to plan to get through all the writing humanly possible, but when you’re looking at a week that includes potentially two twelve hour workdays, you just wind up vegging. I did get a few pages done, and things are coming along with the new rewriting on the scene, so I can’t complain too much.

One concern that has cropped up for me is whether or not the action in the book, or at least the big plot points, are all going to be too similar. I might rewrite Chapter Three to take place either outdoors or in a tavern, as right now, it’s taking place in a subterranean secret hideout, which might be too similar to the fact that, later on, there’s a whole set of events in a cave, and, after that, breaking into the castle through the dungeon. Are these elements all too similar? Will it seem repetitive? Or will the events that happen in them be different enough to set them apart? Perhaps the similarities can be worked into a greater theme. I’m not sure. I’m several pages into them being in the secret hideout, so it’s too late to go back in this draft, but it would certainly be a consideration for future drafts.

Today’s one of my twelve hour workdays, so I unfortunately won’t get much of a chance to check in with my fellow RoWers, so how are you all doing? I hope you all have an excellent rest of the week!


  1. Everyone needs down time…especially when you work 12-hour shifts. I love that ROW takes things like this into account.

    I like the secretive nature of the scenes you’ve described. I guess you’d have to factor in where the rest of the story takes place. That being said, the idea of creating a more public place for this scene has lots of potential as well. As with all of us, it’s ultimately up to the author to weigh his or her options then go for it.

    Whatever you decide, keep on keepin’ on. (The clip you included is enough to make me want to read more.)

    • Aww, thank you! It’s always nice to know that the snippets are enticing and not the other way around!

      I think you hit on a really important factor about those scenes that I didn’t really pick up on consciously: secretive. That might be something to run with! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I can’t imagine trying to write and also work a twelve hour shift. How often do you have to do this?

    I’m sure you’ll figure out what to do with the scenes. I don’t see a problem with the scenes being in similar places if there’s a difference in the action.

    • Thankfully, I don’t have to pull the twelve hour days very often, but when I do, oh, man. Yesterday’s thankfully went by quickly and painlessly, but I may have another coming up on Saturday (well, actually, that one is more like a fourteen hour day, yikes!).

      It helps that I’ve become quite a morning person, so I just wake up a little early and try to get all my writerly things done in the wee hours of the day. And at at least one of the jobs I have, I can sneak a notebook on the floor and scribble a little when we’re slow!

  3. I have a similar dilemma, where much of the action takes place in my protagonist’s home. There also seems to be a lot of drinking, either in the form of tea or whiskey, and I’m not 100% sure if I can justify that either. :/

    Be sure to get some rest! Hope the rest of your week goes well. πŸ˜€

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