Day 21 of Novel – Word count getting back on track, but the pacing…uh…
First of all: it came to my attention today that almost all of my comments on other blogs recently have been consigned to said blogs’ spam folders. Needless to say, I’m a little miffed about this. A big thanks to magicandwriting583 for confirming the problem for me. Now I’m simply waiting on Akismet to sort it out; I hope to start being able to comment again in a day or so.
Now, I realized today that it’s been a while since I posted a proper update on how my novel is coming along; time to fix that, methinks.
I’m still a little behind on my original target, but nonetheless I’m pleased with my current wordcount. After today’s session, in which I managed to hammer out nearly 1.4 thousand words, my total stands at just over 17.4k. Contrary to what I originally predicted, however, my parasitic character has yet to…well, be parasitic. I’m now expecting it to happen in another 1 to 2 thousand words, but even that won’t necessarily come to pass.
In case you couldn’t tell from the above, I seem to be having some issues pacing my story properly.
Essentially, everything seems to be happening slower than I want it to. Various scenes have run on for longer than I intended and I’ve already managed to write one scene which serves no clear purpose at the moment; said scene, incidentally, was not in the plan. Already, I predict that my first draft will come out rather bloated. Even so, I intend to simply keep on plowing through at this point. I’m going to give my plan the once-over after my parasite character has done his thing, but I don’t expect to change all that much.
I’m sure that some would argue that all of the excess words in my draft are tantamount to wasted time. Frankly, I would disagree with such people. Whenever a writer manages to write something, they’re practicing their craft. Everything we write, whether we end up using it or not, constitutes just a little bit of experience which, over time, should allow all of us to grow into better writers. I like to imagine that there’s a little EXP bar over my head whenever I write something; on bad days that bar will only go up by a tiny amount, whereas on good days it may fill significantly. But the point is that it’s always, always rising.
…wow, that last bit came out sounding even geekier than I thought it would.
So, what are your experiences when it comes to pacing a novel? Or any kind of writing, for that matter? I’d love to hear your thoughts below 🙂