Day 5: Getting better again
Thankfully, today’s session went better than yesterday’s. By the end of it I had reached 1072 words, bringing my average up to 953, and finished the scene I’d set out to work on. Tomorrow will probably be a bit slow (I’m out for most of the day), but after that I expect that the average will be back to be above a thousand before too long.
Today’s scene was…well, interesting would be one way of putting it. Essentially, my aim with it was to include just the right level of WTFery to set the tone for the rest of the novel without making anyone want to tune out – not exactly easy, to say the least. Considering that I’m on a first draft, I must say that I’m pleased with how this particular scene turned out. It probably needs to be moved closer to the beginning of the book – it occurs just before the 5k mark at the moment – but I can see this scene surviving the redrafting process with only comparatively minor changes. I most definitely can’t say the same thing about the stuff I wrote yesterday.
Anyway, I said a few days ago that I was going to make a longer post, so it’s probably about time I actually made good on that promise. Therefore, I thought I’d share a few of the animal images that I picked up online while trying to settle on a design for the key fictional species in my novel. This is not to say that said species completely based off of real creatures – far from it in fact. But that’s a topic for another time.
(Anyone afraid of insects and spiders probably ought stop reading here, by the way. I mean it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)
As mentioned previously, giant wetas came up a lot, particularly in the beginning. I find these things oddly cute, to be honest. I really hope that I’m not the only one.
I also saved pictures of a few other things:
In addition to the above, there were a couple images that I saved purely for the purpose of working out a scale.
The weekend’s scene is aimed at introducing one of the book’s most important characters; I’ll be sure to keep this blog updated on how that goes. Happy writing, all 🙂