Day 30 of Novel – Behind on words, but finally have an ending!
First of all, sorry for disappearing for a few days. I have several reasons for this, though none of them are good.
Yesterday, I got absolutely no writing done whatsoever – at least, not directly. What I did do for a bit was go back over my list of scenes and try to improve upon it based on what I’ve learned over the past month. I wasn’t feeling particularly energetic and wasn’t really expecting to get much done on this; instead, the session snowballed and I found myself staring at a completely revamped outline, complete with an actual ending, at around 11pm. Seeing as this is the first time I’ve known how I’ll be ending the novel, I’m feeling pretty pleased with this. I’m also pleased that the revamp has only invalidated about half of what I’ve already written: at least this much would have been gutted out in the redraft anyway, with or without having confirming it ahead of time.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the writing has been going a bit slower recently. After several slow days on the trot, I had a good session today and ended up getting my overall wordcount up to 25k. Provided that tomorrow isn’t a complete bust, I ought to end up with an average of around 850 a day over the first month. It’s not quite what I had originally hoped for, but it’s certainly nothing to sneeze at as far as I’m concerned. It’s a whole 850 higher than most people will have done this past month, at least as far as fiction goes.
The above reasoning, by the way, holds for whatever kind of average you’ve been managing lately. So if you’re not feeling proud of your recent wordcount, remember that and start feeling proud 🙂
On the reading front, I recently finished reading Gone, by Christine Kersey, and have now started reading Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gone…really didn’t go down well with me, to be honest; expect a full review soon. Ocean, meanwhile, is simple incredible. I’m just past the 40% mark and it’s shaping up to be the best book I’ve read in a very long time (not to mention one of the most surreal). I predict that I’ll be reading many more Gaiman books in the near future.
Has anyone else here read Gaiman’s latest book yet? Have any thoughts on it? You know the drill: post ’em below 😉