Monday 20th April 2020.
Number of words written last week: 6500 (weekly target min 5,000). Double yay!
This week’s target: min 5000
Last week’s focus: write, make it real, make it more real
This week’s focus: as above.
Managed to smash my target! Hurrah!
I found more ‘stuff’ this week which will help build on and stir up the contents of this novel. During more research, it occurred to me that, whilst I know that African countries are fairly poor (and other hot, tropical zones where trees like Ceiba and Cacoa grow) I haven’t yet really given much thought to the fair trade issue of cocoa farmers. They receive so little – about 3% of the price of a chocolate bar per day for all their work. I now have a section of the book that covers this which I’m hoping can be an attraction to the novel because it intensifies the USP. Also, my book coach Wendy Yorke encourages her writers to focuses on their own “What, Who, Why and How of your book”, and I really think that this particular part of my writing emphasizes these and make the story deeper and more engaging.
I also focused on a character’s ‘journal’ during this week, which I will use in the story too. It brings an acute and genuine feel to how another character deals with guilt. I became particularly excited when I started this because it has begun to ‘colour in’ some of the narrative – bringing it alive and making it real. I hope I can carry this on as it’s especially encouraging and helps me to remain optimistic.
My motivational quote for this week: OPTIMISM IS THE FAITH THAT LEADS TO ACHIEVEMENT. NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITHOUT HOPE AND CONFIDENCE (Helen Keller).