Two weeks in, and I’m hovering around 30,000 words for the new story. So far, so good.
Things that have helped with my writing productivity: setting deadlines, carving out a set time to write every day, and turning off that inner editor. I’m basically using everything I learned from writing and revising the Long-Suffering Manuscript to write this new story, and things are much easier as a result. It also helps that I didn’t get any external feedback, so the outcome—good or bad—is entirely of my own making, and that’s liberating to think about.
One thing I noticed is that I’ve been taking way more TO EDIT/ADD notes as I go along. I think this is because I didn’t give myself a lot of time to dwell on the plot, so the story changes as I write to fill in the holes.
The changes aren’t huge, but still noticeable. Sometimes it’s retiring a main character that I realized was actually inconsequential, and other times it’s a scene that I realized, after word-vomiting onto the page, was interesting in theory but makes absolutely no sense when written.
I’m also using [insert explanation here] and [Google how this works] to note scenes that I don’t know how to write, which are usually of a mechanical or scientific nature, like how guns work and how people adjust after experiencing a traumatic event. A year or so ago, these areas would’ve made me ultra hesitant to write any more until I solved these problems, but I’ve been forcing myself to just write through the uncertainty.
I Can Fix This Later
A habit I’ve adopted is thinking I can fix this later whenever I hit a snag. I mean, if your boss hands you a problem to fix, you fix it, right? When your microwave stops working, you fix it, or find someone who can. Why should it be any different when it comes to writing? You got this!
So that’s where I’m at on the last day of April. Here’s my writing song this week:
Hope you’re having a good weekend!
Millie’s Note: How do you tackle first drafts?