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Episode Info: Check out the entire Sonitotum podcast archive! Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick 014: The Autumn Project Weekly Update Minisode 02 Published on September 28, 2018 Join the conversation! There are 0 comments so far. Published on September 28, 2018 Join the conversation! There are 0 comments so far. Earlier in September, 2018, I introduced the Autumn Project (2018). You can read all about it, but in brief: between September and the end of December, 2018, I’m planning, plotting, and completing the first draft of my next novel, Light of the Outsider, in public. It’s an exercise in accountability, transparency, beginner’s mind, and teaching what I learn. In that spirit, I’ve promised to share my progress on a regular basis through “minisodes” of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick. This is the second update! Listen to the episode for all the details… meanwhile, here are some significant statistics and other stuff: The Autumn Project (2018): September 16 through September 26, 2018 This ten-day period was all about wrapping up the character background notes, then “breaking” the novel, and then finally preparing all that material for the day when I begin writing actual manuscript pages of the first draft… which began on September 27, 2018… so that stuff, we’ll talk about in the next update! Days Worked: Nine (Fifteen total) Total Time Worked: 16 hours, 42 minutes (31 hours 24 minutes) Words Written: 9620, not including the timeline, which was adapted from the prose background material (21,624 words total) Approximately 1069 words per day / 593 words per hour What Do I Mean by “Breaking” the Story? This is a term borrowed from screenwriting and from television series writer rooms. It’s not the same as when a journalist “breaks a story” — that’s when a reporter is the first to report on something. In this context, to break a story means to break the sequence of events down to individual “beats,” or scenes, and put them in order according to their place in the arc of the larger tale and each character’s arc. Typically, there are three acts (or four, if you count the first and second half of the second act as two acts) in a longer work, with several scenes per act. In the episode, I talk about how my last novel, Pilgrimage, stayed very close to the traditional three act structure, and how Light of the Outsider, while still broken into three acts, doesn’t necessarily follow all the usual rules. Lessons Learned The value of writing all those words in character background (see the last update) really...
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