Writing Progress: Week Ending June 2, 2012
This actually seemed somewhat improbable:
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 0 words
- First Draft Wordcount: 2,000 words
Grand Total: 2,000 words
Yeah, a grand total of exactly 2,000 words. When you’ve set that as your threshold between a fully successful week and one that was rather less-so… well, it’s just kind of funny to me, and worthy of note.
So yeah, I had a good week last week, and I got quite a bit written.
Story-structure-wise, I’ve finished the third chapter and I’ve started into the fourth. It’s still too early for me to tell exactly how many chapters this thing will be, ultimately, or exactly how long wordcount-wise. Yeah, I have the whole thing outlined and plotted out. But every time I tried to outline it to a defined chapter-by-chapter structure, I couldn’t do it. I just had to outline the story itself – which left me flexibility to go back and update earlier portions of the outline to accommodate later events. So the outline doesn’t say much about the length of the book. Still, as this thing progresses my sense of the actual length will improve.
I’m getting to the point, now, where the story just starts flowing for me. When you first start writing, things come in fits and starts, and you’re just getting your footing. You know where you’re going, but you’re not sure how to get there. And by “you” I mean “me”. Anyway, that’s largely how things were on this story. So the first chapter will probably need a lot of clean-up. Luckily, as a slightly-more-mature author, I’m less wedded to my first draft wordings than I was, say, ten+ years ago. Given enough time, perspective, and objectivity, that is. But anyway, you start out wanting to capture the excitement you have for this new project, introduce the characters, illustrate the world, initiate the action – you want to do it all. And you just kind of flail for a thousand words or two until you get your footing and things start flowing.
But now, I’m at the point where I’m excited to write what happens next. And yes, that’s even knowing in advance how it turns out. And that’s before things even get really interesting. This is all still set-up and worldbuilding and character and circumstance introduction, in a sense. But it is getting interesting. Or at least it is for me.
I’m excited to be exposing this to readers… at some point. It’s not happening yet. (Well, Dear Wife has the first option, but I don’t anticipate her exercising that option just yet.) It probably won’t happen in any meaningful sense until I’m done with the first draft. But I’m excited for it to happen. I’m hopeful that readers will be as excited about this as I am…
So that’s my writing life, this week. How was yours?