Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Day 15 in the 15K in May House
I've re-read my novel, and as a writing friend describes it, I've started 'serious' editing, cutting anything not needed, pruning back the dead wood. Mostly everything that doesn't move the story forward in some way has to go, and now the plot has lots of bigger holes. Argh! I've made a list of what I need to fill later.
I've overwritten, here, there and everywhere, and I know sooner or later I'm going to have to make some huge decisions on cutting scenes, and possibly a character too. I have a fear of making BIG cuts, I need to get over it!
I'm tired, make that VERY tired, and I'm not sure if its the hectic life I lead, or all the reading and thinking, and decision making associated with editing. My concentration wanes considerably after a few hours, so I've recently had to switch to working in bite sized chunks. Am I enjoying it? No - an easy answer, I'm hoping things will change, and SOON.
I've been offered lots of writerly advice, thank you, keep it coming. I'm finding it very useful, and I have a list of things I need to 'fix' when I do begin to write words again, but right now, I'll continue hacking, and dropping the offcuts into my new 'Dead Darlings' file.
I have created an emotional outline, this is helping me keep track of the structure, I've asked myself what each character wants, and I'm tracking their progress throughout the story. Hopefully, its all going to link up soon.
Having others along for the ride helps, there are a few of us doing this challenge, we communicate through twitter using the hashtag #15kinmay and we have a daily email doing the rounds too. We're not all editing, some are blogging, writing first drafts, or working on unfinished short stories. Each has a target in mind, and slowly, we're making progress. My word count may be a bit pants, but I know I wouldn't be this far along if I hadn't taken up the challenge.
Wednesday - ZERO
Thursday - 366
Friday - ZERO
Saturday - ZERO
Sunday - ZERO
Monday - ZERO
Tuesday - 298