Four weeks ago I posted about reaching 25k with my novel draft. Things had been going smoothly enough, and to be honest, I was already half-expecting some bumps in the road. I think you can guess what happened next. Yup, the road got rocky. Suddenly my outline was no help, and I didn’t know how to navigate the following scenes. Since then I haven’t made much progress. Not in countable words, anyway.
Apart from some short fiction and good old procrastination, I’ve done something though which is a lot better than nothing:
– I’ve tidied and revised my outline, about 2/3 way through
– Added a few new scenes for the main character
– Added 2 point of views and some new scenes. These characters are already shown through my main characters eyes, but I think for the reader to understand them, I need to get into their head a little more. Showing some scenes with them where my main character isn’t present should help.
– Random planning, plotting, and trying to decide what and how and when.
Next I need to try and finish that outline (once again) and actually write all those new & remaining scenes. Make some progress towards finishing this first draft. But one thing I won’t be doing is polishing or revising my written scenes, messy and rough as they are. That would just get me stuck again.
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