Over the weekend I did a lot of writing on my new WIP. It’s that time of year where I’ve set a goal date to get this thing out, and I’ve devised a spreadsheet with daily and weekly goals to meet along the way. (Oy, I sound a mite ridiculous with all that. I couldn’t do it any other way though.) I’ve got a little over 30k words left to add to this MS to get it (basically) finished. (Yay! Let’s get this thing done already!)
This is actually my second start on this MS. My first attempt was okay, but it had a very wrong voice, and I have to say I’m very glad I let go of those (thousands of) words. The story is much better for it.
The amount of planning and forethought I put into this particular story overwhelms me sometimes. I’ve got a workbook full of spreadsheets, a synopsis, and a document full of brainstorming ideas. (Mostly because this story intimidates the heck out of me.) And still managed a false start.
It’s just one of those moments where I sat down and realized that there is a huge part of writing a new character and world that you can’t plan — the voice. Which, let’s face it, is one of the most important parts of writing a book to begin with. So if writing a few thousand words that have to be thrown out is what helps find my character’s voice, well, so be it.
Another thing I’m learning this go-round is a simple way to control my internal editor. I know we all struggle with that from time to time. For me, I’ve completely stalled out on writing because my editor would grab hold with a point that needed to be fixed before I could move on. So instead of giving in, I bought a new notebook…one I can use for multiple things (it has sections)…and I started writing notes for every change I thought of along the way.
So as I write and realize a scene needs to be tweaked to add something, or take something away, I make a note and move on. That way I know it won’t be forgotten, but I also don’t have to get caught up in having a perfect first draft. I can keep my momentum going, and know that when I start revising, I’ll know exactly where to start.
Seems simple and a little silly, but it works for me.
And I want to thank ALL the ladies of Weekend of Awesome, because I was seriously doubting this story as a whole until you guys showed such enthusiasm over the concept. Thanks for being so awesome.