The Rocky Road Beyond 25k

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.

Pencil pusher

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.

– Sylvia


Image: Pencil pusher by Zsuzsa N.K.,, cropped from original

4 thoughts on “The Rocky Road Beyond 25k

  1. Congratulations on the 25k!
    I’m sure you’ll get that rough road, after all you’re just passing.
    I think it would help to know if those scenes or chapter is moving the story forward, and what purpose it serves in the whole story. Just a suggestion, hope it helps. :)

  2. Yeah, all scenes are moving the story forward. That’s very important. :) Where I’m failing is simply getting them down… The scenes with the new POVs are events that were already part of the story, referenced, but I think some of them need to be shown. So they’re not filler or just to build character.

    Multiple POVs means there is no way to play with the idea of writing in first person though, sniff.

    • Hmmm… I see. I get what you mean.
      When that happens, sometimes I write a simple sentence or paragraphs like what would happen in the whole scene.

      Example: MC will meet antagonist. Then I’ll slowly the details, settings, characters, dialogue, etc. slowly.

      Then I’ll come back to it, and slowly revise and edit, until it’s finally a complete scene or chapter that I envisioned it to be. Sometimes it’s really hard to get things down.
      Right now, I’m somehow experiencing that too, so what I do is just write what’s going to happen until I figure things out.

      Hope it helps. :)

  3. I hit my rough rode…well many times, but mainly when I was half-way through with my revisions. Like you, I’ve stayed productive in other areas of my writing, so all is not at a complete loss, but I do so miss the days when the words flowed for more than two hours at a time. Good luck on your journey…

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