Writing Progress: Week Ending August 13, 2011
Not a bad week for wordcount. Nope, not bad at all:
Story of G:
- New Draft Wordcount: 0 words
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 3,973 words
Grand Total: 3,973 words
I lost one writing day this week to one of those occassional thunderstorms we’ve been getting hit with periodically this summer – and the attendant power outage. The storms never seem to give us enough water – we’re still in a drought – but it seems like every one of them knocks out the power this year. It wasn’t like that the last couple years.
Regardless, days actually spent writing were fairly productive. Not quite as productive as the one day last week, individually, but collectively moreso.
I’m grateful for that, but it’s still not enough. I realize I’m too deep in the hole to catch up, now. I’ve set a deadline of the first week after Labor Day to switch from mostly background writing to mostly first draft writing. But at the pace I’m going, even if I’m going faster, there’s just no way I can have everything done that I want done.
I’ve been writing the history of this world. I believe that history is largely relevant to the overall plot of the novel. But as I write it and as I do bits and pieces of research here and there (referring back to real-world for that all-important verisimilitude), I’m finding that the history of this world is far more complex than I originally bargained for. Kingdoms and Empires and Grand Republics rise and fall. Secret organizations attempt to direct the fate of nations. Religions clash. And I’m still hundreds of years from the time of the start of the story proper. I’ve finished three sections out of roughly nine sections of history.
I think, maybe, I need to reexamine the situation and decide which elements are really the most crucial historical and background elements for the plot of this novel and focus in on those, and leave out a lot of the detail I’ve been creating. I want some of that detail, and I can have it, but if I’m going to meet my deadline I have to work on only the most important parts for now… and come back to these other parts later, maybe during breaks in writing the first draft of the main narrative.
Next week, I need to get back to “Story of G”. I’ve got some ideas on how to go about revising it, thanks to some of the feedback I’ve gotten so far. I’m excited for that, too – although of course it means taking time away from working on background notes for “Book of M”, putting me further in a hole there. But I’ve got a sort of deadline for “Story of G”, too, that I want to meet.
And, of course… you know, there’s life still going on. It happens. And sometimes you’ve got to be there for that. And sometimes, there are just other things you have to do. Sometimes it’s enough to make your head spin. Sometimes, I need to just take a step back and breathe and say: “The deadline is a fiction. Something else is more important right now. You’re making progress in the writing. So, don’t sweat it.” I want to write, and often I’d rather be writing. But other things have to be done, too.
How was your writing week?