Stretching Exercises

So Day 2 of NaNoWriMo comes to a close and I’ve hit 2,400 words but I’m still 800 behind the pace, and had really wanted to be ahead of the pace to make up for the inevitable slackness that will set in when the excitement of the new begins to dull. In my defense I had two evening events as well as full work days.

On the positive side I’m quite happy with the first Chapter and a half that wordcount represents. Having a strong outline in place has REALLY helped, I will never write without putloning forst again, at least not at novel length.

As I’ve been whitering on about it for some weeks I thought it would be interesting to post the outline for Chapter One of SWORD and a link the first draft posted on the NaNoWriMo site. Read on if interested, flee elsewhere if not…

The outline is below, extract in next post.

Chapter One

Sergeant Britain is disturbed by dark rumours and reminded of the corruption that prevents him doing his duty.

Brittain vs. Swainsthorne. Drunken Gamblers
Brittain is determined to get home but is frustrated in delivering his off shift report by his captain, who is playing a drunken game of cards and gambling. One of the officers foppish hangers on repeats a rumour about Brittains step-daughter. Brittain is pricked by the isult but mockingly calmed by Swainsthorne, only to have the insult delivered again which prompts action from Brittain. The situation is interrupted by a message that a stranger is at the barricade before it can progress further.

Dramatic Question
Can Brittain make it home?

Brittain’s patience with incompetents snaps and gets him into trouble.

• Chars: Brittain, Soldiers, Swainsthorne.
• Locs: The Gateway, the ruined streets outside and the corrupt city within. The captains chamber.
• Why does the city need guarding?
• The politics of priviledge – how a drunk noble is made a Captain above the more worthy.
• The gambling morons.
• Why had Brittain remained only a sergeant on dreg duties?
• Faint glowing lights on the horizon, and the first rumours of the crisis.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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