10,000 Words

That’s the goal for this weekend!

I’ve finally caught some momentum on Beowulf Chronicles 3. I’ve done 10,000 words in the last two weeks and I feel like I’m in striking distance of finishing the first draft. –Ah-hem, with a BIG weekend of course.– I did 1800 words last night, so only 8200 to go. Across two days that feels pretty achievable.

So how did I catch some momentum? I did a sharp right turn off of my outline. I had been bugged, bogged down really, by a sense that the outline wasn’t meaty enough, that the story needed more fleshing out. Then as I was writing I hit a spot where a character was supposed to confess to some naughtiness, which brought a rapid end to the novel. Right there was the problem. So I thought about it for a bit and decided that instead of confessing to X, I would have the character point Kurt & Papa Bear toward a new clue. That was key! Because that clue didn’t exist in the outline, so I had to take a sharp right turn (my pun is up and I felt like writing a “sharp write turn”) and start making shit up. Good thing I’m a writer and my chief job is to make shit up! That freed me up and since then I have created 8.25 new chapters, all of which were not in the original outline, and I feel like I’ve got some momentum to finish out this draft.

So I’m ditching household chores (bummer about that), home projects, and maybe even grocery shopping (unless I run out of coffee) for the weekend. I’ve got my mental state set to Write, I’m over caffeinated, and ready to go.

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One response to “10,000 Words

  1. Good move. Never let the outline hold you back if you’ve got a better option.

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