Day 8: Still going strong. Sorta.
I have mixed feeling about today. On one hand, I hit today’s target; on the other hand, it took several hours longer than it really ought to have done. Procrastination was a major contributor to this, with lack of sleep being another. Having now (nearly) finished writing for the day, I can safely say that I will sleep well tonight.
At this point, I am now just shy of 7000 words after 8 days’ worth of writing. According to excel, my daily average is now up to 869 words; it’s slowly working its way back up, which is a good thing :). The important character was introduced today, though as of yet he’s not seeming remotely important. In about a chapter’s time, his importance will start to become a bit more apparent ;).
I’ve also t thinking about what I’ve written so far. Among other issues, I seem to have neglected to reveal a key component of my worldbuilding in a timely manner. The only place where it’s natural to reveal this component is in my opening chapter, which means that about half of what is already written for that chapter is going to be utterly invalid when I come to redrafting it. I already expect several other chapters to follow suit in this regard.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. If professionals can’t get it right on their first attempt, than why should an amateur like myself expect to achieve such a feat?
It’s times like this when I am very, very glad to have been born in the age of computers. I dread to think what it would have been like being a writer before word processors, having to re-type the entire story in each and every draft. I’ve read about how writers would literally cut and paste sentences of their manuscript in order to restructure their work, but this would only go so far.
…I think I’ve officially reached the point of rambling. Night, all!