Over spring break, I decided to completely restart. After rewriting my first chapter, I decided I didn’t like where the story was going. I’m still a bit iffy about what exactly it is I want. There’s a lot of elements I enjoy reading about and I feel like I’m forcing them into my own, which is making it really busy. Further, I feel as I’ve been very focused on just trying to finish. I tried doing the outline approach I mentioned a couple of blogs ago, but it felt rushed and I ended up deleting everything. Trying to find a method that works for me is causing a lot of confusion- I’ve always focused on detail when writing, so it’s definitely the method I’m most comfortable with, but the thing is, is it actually working? I have yet to get past chapter ten.
Currently, I am trying to rework the plot and structure, as well as change the setting up a bit. I feel like I need to go back and plan a bit more.
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P R O G R E S S (or the lack of)
Call me paranoid, but I’m always worried about losing the notebook I write in. It’s nothing special- college ruled, spiral bound, falling apart- but it literally contains everything I’ve written in the past couple of years. Maybe it’s out of procrastination, but I have started to transfer my outline to google docs. It’s lengthy and honestly not worth the time I’ve been sneaking in to write a couple of sentences every few days, but oh well. I feel like I’m trying to avoid writing at any cost, so I’m going to force myself to write a bit over spring break. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to because somehow I’ve ended up with packets of things that are due within a day or two of coming back to school. I’ve also seemed to lost my ability to spell. Fun 🙂
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Hi! By some miracle, I managed to find the writing I mentioned last week that I had deleted. Turns out, there’s a revision history for your blog drafts. I also finished outlining my chapters.
Here’s a rough breakdown:
I’ve divided the story into three parts. Part one is about 24 chapters. Part two is about 32, and part three is about 22 chapters long. Given each chapter so far is around 2,000-3,ooo words, that puts me at about 222,000 words.
I would like to finish this before I graduate, so if I wrote about a chapter a week over the summer, and then dropping to a chapter a month during the school year, I would finish by next summer.
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Hi! I didn’t realize today was March 14 until like a minute ago.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned I might sometimes blog about writing. This is going to be my first progress blog. I finished plotting last week, and, to be honest, it’s almost a relief. I’ve been working on the plot for almost three years at this point, and I just couldn’t wait to be past the planning stage and start writing.
I started working on Chapter 11 too, last week, but I’m an idiot and I deleted the first part. It was kind of disappointing, but oh well.
I’ve noticed a flaw in my work method as well. I’m very detail oriented, so doing things takes me twice as long. As things move along, I’m trying to change how I approach each chapter; I’m thinking about doing a outline for each chapter before I write, followed by a loose first draft, and then going back and polishing.
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