Oh dear, TTWI has just gone and done it again. I was six thousand words give or take some dialogue away from writing those two little words “the end”. When my inner editor thought it would be a great idea, no, the best idea ever to have a look at the structure. Maybe even do some cork-boarding on Scrivener.
This was not a good idea, in fact in the history of bright ideas I’ve had recently this is in the bottom two.
I’ve just cut my darling to shreds, so we’ve gone from 73,456 words to 32,245 words in my still unfinished novel. It gets worse. I have to do some research and some plotting as well. The story in its original form wasn’t working, happy coincidences abounded and I hate these in other work. Person A just happens to be in the right place at the right time to intersect with Person B y’know the sort of stuff. My geography was all over the place and even worse people’s names were changing? How did I manage that?
So the current state of play is that I have a still unfinished novel…..
The upside to this is that the novel is one I’m happy with and I guess being happy and content with the 32,000 words I’ve got is better than having a steaming pile of finished.
There’s some real work to do. As easy as it would be to throw the net-book in a drawer and cry myself to sleep, it’s not happening. I always knew this was gonna be hard. Probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done and that’s okay.
40,000 to go….
I’m doing it. I am not giving up!
- Are You A Plotter or A Pantser? (novelcliquepress.wordpress.com)
- A Writer’s Process (3a) (lmarie7b.wordpress.com)
- A to Z Challenge – U is for Unfinished (lynnerevettebutler.com)
- Plotter vs Pantser (krgreen.wordpress.com)
- The transition from pantser to plotter (writeaubreywrite.wordpress.com)