Prewriting to do…

March 04

Over at Evolution, I’m taking part of the March/April Prewriting Mission. I signed up for level 1, which is 10k worth of prewriting material. At first, I thought to myself that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but Nonny made a point about character bios that I needed to do.

As a todo list for my own reference, these are the bios that I need to do:

Shadows Into Twilight:

  1. Ormryche
  2. Tawny
  3. Martel
  4. Lucero
  5. Morgianna
  6. Caladuera
  7. Arkyron

(The last two I’m not sure if I need to do or not. I probably should, though.)

Upon Wings of Hope

  1. Marten

Savage Lands

  1. Adrian
  2. Alexa
  3. Stefanos
  4. Adrian’s romantic interest

I also need to do some general world-building notes on the setting; who their father was, etc.

Blood Sight

  1. Karlan
  2. Awena
  3. Thentar

I had decided after the crits that Thentar was going to be Awena’s outlawed brother, but there’s definitely more to the story than that.

Slip stories

  1. Slip

All in all… that’s a lot of prewriting to get done, I think. 16 bios, each around 1k… yeah, that’ll get me my 10k without an issue, especially when you add in the plot and setting notes on top of the bios.


Posted by on March 4, 2006 in Planning/Plotting


3 responses to “Prewriting to do…

  1. amme

    March 4, 2006 at 6:16 am

    Honestly, I thought about doing the pre-writing Mission as well since I’m building a world sort of from the ground up.


    I get much better results from doing it by hand and leaving it in a notebook to reference and the thought of trying to estimate how many words are on a page is too much for me to contemplate. *grin*

    But, looks like if you only get about half of these done – you’ll be sure to have made your goal!

  2. Nonny

    March 4, 2006 at 7:29 am


    What I’ve done when I was writing longhand and didn’t want to bother typing it up for a wordcount–

    1) Count the number of words per line for about ten lines.
    2) Average it.
    3) Multiply the average by the number of lines on the page.

    That should give you a rough estimate of how much you’ve written. 🙂

  3. Nonny

    March 4, 2006 at 7:31 am

    You don’t have to limit yourself to 1k–that’s just a good ballpark number. Anywhere from 1k to 3k is reasonable. 🙂


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