Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A Round Of Words - Check-in 5

I haven't touched Shroud Of Death since my last check in. I think part of the problem was I let the internal editor out and spent way too much time thinking about the story. I almost came close to scrapping everything I've written so far but after reminding myself that I need to get to the end of the 1st draft I managed to resist.

Last night, I did jot down a bit of a monologue for my antagonist on an index card. Tonight, I really don't know if I'll be writing or not. I feel like the story's taking too long to start, I'm worrying that there isn't enough in the plot to get me to a completely finished and edited novella of 30,000 words. Yes, I underwrite. Yes, I will need to expand and flesh some areas out properly etc etc. So I keep telling myself I need a finished 1st draft regardless of quality, coherence and heart stopping moments.

Also, I'm getting confused with my characters and plan on writing a brief outline of their goals and motivations and final outcomes within the story.

Daily Word Count Goal: 100
Monday: 0
Tuesday: 0 words but a later scene sketched on index card.
Wednesday: 0 so far.

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5 comments:

C.Farrell said...

The first draft is more about getting the first idea down and seeing if it works, imo. You can edit later but if you don't have anything to edit, it makes it a lot harder. ;)

You'll be okay, don't throw anything out yet - it's a draft, it might work in the end. But you'll never know if you don't finish it. *Cracks whip* :D

Katy Bennett said...

I completely agree with you. Lost sight a bit I guess. I shall consider myself whipped. lol

365andMe said...

Oh Katy, I feel your pain. This is why I like doing NaNoWriMo for my first draft. It forces me to write and not think about how bad my work is...lol. The raging writer takes over or kills that dang internal editor for a short time. Too bad we can't slip it on like clothing...and slip it off when needed.

Let's hope the rest of the week is better, eh?

Andrew said...

I understand how you feel about the inner editor. Sometimes it's hard to shut it off. Glad you didn't toss the whole story because the only way to know what you've got is to reach The End.

MamaElk said...

Just keep moving ahead. You can do it! I think that your character outline will really help.
Good luck and have a great night. :)