Day 25 of Novel – Act 2, begin!
Today’s writing session ended up going great, but for the lognest time I wasn’t expecting it to go at all well. I felt extremely unmotivated today, for some reason, and nothing I did seemed to shake that feeling. After slogging through the first couple hundred words, I was seriously getting ready to give it up for the day…and probably end up on Dawn of War, knowing me.
In the end, however, I managed to keep at it.
Since writing the scene in a linear manner didn’t seem to be working, I instead decided to simply write down anything and everything that came into my head. I started with dialogue: I wrote just a few lines which roughly alligned with how I imagined the scene progressing. After that, I wrote some lines and paragraphs of action/description and slotted them in where best seemed appropriate. Finally, I set about joining together all the bits I had just committed to the page. After a bit of chopping and changing, I considered the resulting scene more than satisfactory for the purpose of a first draft.
I suppose the easiest way of describing what I did is to call it a more localised take on the “Writercopter” method; for more details on this method, I would suggest giving this a read along with the accompanying link. Essentially, I simply wrote down whichever part came to me the most strongly at the time, rather than wasting time attempting to do everything in a perfectly linear fashion.
The scene finished up significantly shorter than the thousand words I was aiming for, so I ended up doing a bit of work on the next one too. That scene is still looking rather scetchy at the moment; joining that one up is going to be tomorrow’s job.
Got any favourite methods of rescuing a flagging writing session? You know what to do: feel free to share ’em below 🙂