26373 / 50000 words. 53% done!
I’m catching up as best I can. If I do, I will have written over 6000 words this weekend, which is a nice pace indeed. Not too much that I can’t pay attention to what I’m writing, not too little that I don’t get anywhere fast. I just can’t make the daily writing. Not sure what to do about this in the future; will I always need to set up a NaNoWriMo-style goal to get through the month with an appropriate word count or whatnot?
I also spent today writing about 3000 words of re-doing beat sheets, modifying beats to better fit my characters’ clarified motivations and suchlike.
Everyone really does have their own way of writing, from what I’ve been reading of pro writers and suchlike. I feel better that I can’t seem to live up to some advice (write every day, for one), although I still feel guilty about being a not-good-enough writer to take up all good advice. If I’m actually going to be a writer, I need to be flexible enough to do that, right?
The girls in the basement say: no. What matters is that you write what’s right for you, and damn all the advice that doesn’t fit. While not hurting other people, of course.
And what’s right changes as you develop. Consider me a stupid n00b, who must explore because she can’t see what’s two feet in front of her nose at times.
Meanwhile, I’m using index cards again. 10 Hints for Index Cards helped me immensely to make use of this methodology that I’d always left alone because I tried to fit too much onto the little things. Instead I’m now boiling down each chapter into its main, main action in around 7 words. This has helped a lot in getting a bird’s eye view of the plot, even for me. Scrivener’s corkboard’s suddenly now way more useful.
I’m also making use of ideas prompted by Adrienne Kress’s post on reluctant readers. For instance, my chapters, I’ve decided, will be short, roughly one scene long. My scenes are coming in at over 2000 words per each, so with 20 such chapters I’m hitting the 40k mark I need to qualify for John Klima’s line-edit, though not enough to win NaNoWriMo. Dunno what I’ll do for filler, but I may end up with more chapters through adding extra complexity as per Scott Westerfeld’s pep talk. I’ve already used it to end up at 20; I can hit 25, I feel.
That was quite a lot of text.