Reflection Writing

NaNoWriMo 2022 Days 4 & 5

A tough couple days. Wrote about 45 minutes yesterday and quit with a headache, then our power went out until 2 today. My headache finally went away after dinner tonight, but I wanted to finish watching the movie I started last night that got cut off by the power outage 😂 I finally dragged myself to the computer around 10pm, and once I was there cranked out three pomodoros pretty easily.

I used to be big on pomodoros but have been more focused on longer work blocks recently, since Cave Day hosts 45-50ish minute sessions. They worked really well for me today so I’m going to try them out more when I need to write on my own. Instead of an online timer, I used a Time Timer, which I am liking for everything I try it for. I used to use an hourglass but I think I like the timer style better.

Still chugging my way through my heroine’s second misbelief scene: essentially a way for me to put her misbelief in her own mouth and see how it’s shaping her decisions. Really coming together today — and helping me see where I haven’t pushed her problems far enough. Somewhat silly problem: I don’t like the playlist I put together for my heroine 😂 I created a new one and I’m copying the tracks I like for her — and that I like listening to — into it.


Developing character goals


To test that their goal is concrete, it should fall into one of four categories: win, stop, escape, or retrieve.

Also like the way she connects theme and character: framing the misbelief as the opposite of the theme.


Watched How to Plan a Series: Arcs

Watched How To Plan And Write A Series Video #2: Character Arcs, Story Arcs, & Series Arcs from YouTube

Welcome back to Part 2 of an 8-Part series on “How To Plan & Write A Series”. In today’s video, we’re going to discuss the differences between character arcs, story arcs, and series arcs. We’ll also discuss what each element is and how it plays into an overall series.

  • Wound or “ghost” in their past –> the lie they believe about themselves –> the false self they present
  • “Mirror moment” – ‘what have I become?’ at midpoint –> transformation –> true self

Common story archetypes:

  • quest
  • overcome the monster
  • rags to riches
  • voyage and return
  • rebirth

Series arc = story arc over multiple books

Can have multiple series arcs in a series

Don’t *have* to have a series arc in an episodic series

Fantasy Horror

Watched Sandman S1E5&6

Watched 24/7 from

With Morpheus caught off guard, John settles in at a diner to watch the people around him – and put his theory about truth and lies to a terrifying test.

The diner episode was pretty brutal to watch, I stepped out for a minute.

The Death episode was fan service, not ideal for episode 6 in a 10 episode series to acknowledge it’s used up its plot and there is no arc in play anymore. Cool to see Hob but overall too much character/ emotional work and not enough action in one episode. Much as I like his friendship with Hob, it should have been axed — they only should have indulged one, and clearly Death is the winner there.