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It’s Wednesday! We’ve made it to mid-week and we’re still here and kicking! Congratulations!
Today, for Writing Wednesday, I will update (in generalities) on how writing my novel is going, but first I wanted to encourage my readers to please check out a meaningful, applicable post at StevenPressfield.com. It’s all about that “All Is Lost” moment, when the shiny, brilliant glow of writing something new wears off and you read back on the (possibly) hundred or so pages you’ve written, declare it crap and want to hurl yourself off of a cliff, because you suck and you’ll never be a good writer, and other such temper-tantrum utterings.
Not that I know what that’s like, or anything.
In fact, I’d venture to say that the All Is Lost moment is where I have stopped in the past. It’s where I give up, because why would I waste my time writing a bad book that will go nowhere and not be sold and I’ll be embarrassed to bring it up?
You know why? BECAUSE. That’s the only reason we need.
When it’s finished, it might still be garbage, as the subject of Steve’s post claims. But it will be finished, and so will my novel. It will be the single most important thing I’ve completed in my writing career and even if it goes nowhere, I can say I did it.
And then do it again.
Writing is going really, really well. Mind you, today is day 8, so I’m still pretty shiny and brilliant. I have a loose plot structure and an end point in mind, and I am going a few chapters at a time, drilling down to the minutiae and what I want to cover, what has to happen now in order for certain things to occur later on.
I’m a little shocked at how one of my characters came out. I had a hard time forming her, because some of her behaviors don’t paint a pretty picture of her. However, when I started writing her, the backstory that poured from my fingers really made a lot of sense. Instead of a spoiled, petulant character, I had a strong woman with clear reasons for doing the things she does. She is proud, bows to no one, doesn’t wait for things to happen, she makes them happen.
It’s like I said about planning. You can only prepare so much– sometimes you just have to make the jump.
As of this morning I am over 17,000 words in. I’m aiming for 90-100K or so, so I have a ways to go and I need to make sure I have enough story for that. I’m not writing a 50,000 word Novella. I’m also learning to shut off the inner editor. Yes, it sounds like crap right now. That’s what editing and rewriting is for.
How about you? How’s your WIP? What’s going on, on your Writing Wednesday?