Wednesday's have become the day I get on with writing my Nottinghamshire novella.
(This was originally going to be written for the My Weekly Pocket Novel market, but as we now know the My Weekly Pocket Novels have not only undergone a change in cover design, they're now gained different categories - see my blog post from August with useful links.
There's also a good article in the current edition of Writers' Forum (October) which has an interview with MW's Maggie Seed discussing the pocket novel changes and what she's hoping for.)
So, my novella's progress to date.
I did 600 words today, which added another scene to my third chapter.
I think it was a little bit of a struggle because I was dealing with a scene I'd written before- a couple of years ago- and it was much better than what I wrote today (at least that's what my memory tells me).
It's probably saved on one of my floppy disks, so I'll have to plug in my floppy reader and search through my box of disks.
This scene today also had one of the secondary characters, who isn't very pleasant, in it.
In fact this chapter doesn't actually have my hero present, except in thought, which is important.
At some point in a romance the hero and heroine will be apart; unless they're trapped somewhere together, they each have their own daily lives to lead so can't be together all the time.
Yet their love interest still needs to be there in some way so the reader doesn't lose interest. After all it is meant to be a romance.
With a contemporary story contact between hero and heroine can continue - a mobile phone, skype, e-mail or text message. They could even send a message with a picture of themselves...
But in an historical romance you're limited by when the story is set, and what technology is available- if any.
In 1802, there were conventions of everyday behaviour to begin with, so messages going back and forth would be difficult to keep quiet unless you can be sure your messenger is trustworthy and not going to turn to blackmail- that's another plot entirely.
As my story is set in a village in the early part of the 19th century there's no opportunity to use the language of flowers or fans to pass a message.
(For flowers have a look here and here, and for fans there's this silent British Pathé film from
1932- see http://www.britishpathe.com - The Language of a Fan.)
So for winter I'm aiming for every free Wednesday to be Novella writing day, just to get the main body of the story down. I have it planned out chapter by chapter so I know where I'm going. I just have to work hard to get to the end.
Then the revisions start...