Keeping Score: June 14, 2019

1,285 words written this week.

The new “just get something done every day” rules are really helping me. I’ve actually spent more time outlining and plotting this week than anything else. That’s allowed me to see the shape of the remaining story better, and that has let me take pieces of my previous draft and slot them in, then edit them into shape, letting me make good progress.

I’ve also been able to see which scenes were missing from my previous outline, and start keeping notes on those.

Which means I’ve also abandoned linearity this week. Instead of working through each scene in order, I’m jumping around, adding a few words here, then editing a chapter from a previous draft to fit the new storyline, then jotting down some notes on a post-climax scene.

I didn’t think I could work this way, but the proof is in the word count: I can. It’s gotten me out of the slump I felt I was falling into, staring at the same scene every day, unable to make progress.

There’s a part of me that’s starting to whisper “you could finish by the end of June after all,” but I’m shushing that part as much as possible. I need to make progress, and I’ll not go pell-mell just to hit a self-imposed deadline (and likely make myself sick again in the process).

What about you? When editing, do you find it easier to go scene-by-scene through the book, or do you hop around?

4 thoughts on “Keeping Score: June 14, 2019

  1. Glad to hear things are working out!

    My own writing suffers from the same general themes as yours. I think it all has to do with the fact that writing a book is not some linear process. If you had to use a geometrical shape to describe writing at all it would’ve been a fractal.

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  2. Thanks!

    Fractal’s a good way of putting it. This second draft started at the beginning, then I leapt all the way to the end, now I’m going back and forth, filling in the gaps.

    Not sure I could write a first draft that way, though…Are all your drafts fractal? Or just revisions?

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