12 scenes to be edited, revised, written or at least outlined.
Total revised wordcount: 68,763
The words "The End" will get written. Everything leading up to the ending will be in place, even if not beautiful.
Words beaten into submission: 1349
New words written: 1074
Movement: Walked 3 km
Sustenance: Two coffees with milk, glass of orange juice, water.
Question of the moment: What would Scott's ringtone be?
I will get lunch when the new words written have been revised into some sort of sense.
I know it's not logical but it is the way I feel. And I guess I want to put it out there so that later, when I say "yeah, the story came to me complete, it was just there, waiting for me to unearth it" someone else can point at this and say,
I wish I wouldn't leave myself notes with no reference. I am intrigued now ... but I have no idea what I was thinking about or what this might have fit into.
Updates to this blog will be rare but it's nice to have a scratchpad nevertheless.
I've just discovered the iPhone app and wondering if I might use this journal afterall. the friends page is friendlier than RSS and it is quick and easy to add photographs which could be fun. And in the mornings when I'm lying in the sun on the bed, it wouldn't hurt to write a few words. Better use of my time than PocketFrogs, anyway.
Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.
I can live with that.
The whole thing of getting it all done is great and I do like to push myself but it is ludicrous to ignore people (especially my son) because of imaginary deadlines I'm setting myself. Also I'm feeling quite weak and wimpy anyway, which I'm pretty sure is just relief at getting the first draft done.
So I'm not too stressed out. I've got four writing projects in my head right now and no real feeling of what I want to be working on, which doesn't help. I could do tiny steps if I knew what I was working on (but then, if I wanted to work, I'd have picked one, right?) but each one has some fatal flaw that puts me off.
The only way out is through. I will start working through them soon.
But it is a nice feeling - I'm still doing the blog posts and bits and pieces but there's plenty of time for all the reading and walking and I don't feel like I'm stagnating, just that I'm in a different phase now. And that's OK.
It helps that I don't have a favourite game at the moment (with the exception of Echo Bazaar which only takes a few minutes a day) so I don't feel I'm wasting my life away killing orcs.
Also, I need to set an example - my son is coming to the conclusion that it is normal to spend your life at the computer, no matter what you do. So the more reasons I have to back away from it, the better.
I'll rethink again in August but I think I'm probably going part-time for the duration.
I am so relieved.
It needs work but I understand, I think, how to make it work. I want to take one of the viewpoints and rewrite it as a single piece, so that I can get the progression right. I need to work on the secondary character and get his family issues put together cleanly. My final scene probably needs cutting. But overall, I think the story works, the synopsis holds together, and at 75,109 words I feel I've got something complete that could possibly make sense to someone if they found it tomorrow. Something that I can fix, rather than something that I'd like to write.
So now what?
* The sideline character has a reason to be stealing center stage, else she wouldn't bother. The hair color thing has niggled at you from the start. Maybe this is the point.
* At this stage you are not competent to judge whether this is good. This is *exactly* the word count where you dumped the last project. You have a problem but it is not specific to this novel. Shut up and keep going.
* It doesn't have to be the best thing you've ever written. It just has to be done. Worry about the rest of it later.