Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
The weekly novel progress report.
I’m sad to say that the fantastic progress I had the first week of March was not continued this week. I am also not thrilled at where I am plot wise.
Here’s the word count.
The total for the last week is only 4400 words. As a comparison, one day last week I nearly did that by itself. On the good side, that is above the original 500 words a day I had been trying to do before.
I only wrote on three days. While my word count is up when I write, that does not help if I don’t write.
The novel is totaling a bit over 44000 words now. My goal for the novel is 120000 which I am sure will get edited down by a significant amount.
I can’t remember why I have my characters where they are. My main character is carrying things around that for some reason did not get used when I thought they would. It gets worse.
Right now, I feel like I am extending a scene longer than it should be. Like I am waiting for something to happen. I just don’t know what. In the meantime, I’ve delayed other events. My plot has stalled.
I can see why so many writers outline their plots before they start to write.
I may have to take a few days (when I’d rather just write the story) to plan the plot from this point forward. If I don’t plot it out, I still need to think things through. I have a major choice to make (I’m probably stalling because I don’t want to make the choice – a good hint that I need to do it).
Without knowing it, I included something a few chapters earlier that may become a key event. It was just one or two sentences that at the time, didn’t mean anything. However, I was planning to use a similar event with another character. Doing this now would mess up what little plotting I had in my head. It may be too good to pass up. Writing this out for all of you has kind of pointed me in the direction I may go.
While none of the above probably means anything to any of you and may appear completely nuts, this has been very therapeutic for me.
So, I think that wraps up this weeks progress and group therapy.
Thanks for the help.
p.s. See public humiliation has its purpose. I am still allowed to roam the streets freely.