I thought I’d do a post on my writing progress today, seeing as it’s been a while since I touched the subject.
First thing’s first: I’ve decided not to post any more fiction on this blog for the foreseeable future. I have a few reasons for doing this, but the main two are that I’m not happy with what I’ve already put up and that I’d rather focus on the projects mentioned below. Rest assured that when I next post a piece of writing – and there will be a next time – it will either be something that is finished or at least something with a substantial buffer behind it.
Well, what can I say? At the end of the day, I’m still a newb at this whole thing – that is, both writing in general and blogging in particular.
On a happier note, I’ve finally settled on a short story project to work on. This project is actually the result of merging two different projects, both science fiction. For one of these projects, I had a clear vision of the ending in mind but no idea how to get there. This project, incidentally, did not feature a parasite or symbiont at any point. For the other project, I had a world and a set of characters in my head but no idea what to do with them. After talking it over with a friend, I concluded that the best thing to do would be to adapt the ending of the former project to be used in the latter, which soon led to a whole plot outline being developed. This, sadly, means that my heroic attempt at not writing about parasites or symbionts has ended in failure. Still, at least I know what I’m working on now.
As for my novel, things are going swimmingly. I took some time to streamline the rest of my outline last week, which further improved the novel’s pacing and significantly improved the ending. I also took a bit of time to write a bare-bones version of the novel’s climax. Together, these two activities have left me feeling highly energized for the road ahead. I’m now past 47k and am rocketing towards a “big” (not to mention heartwarming) scene that I’ve been looking forward to writing for some time.
How do you generally treat “big” scenes in your WIPs? Do you write them as soon as possible then put them in the right place later, or do write them when you reach them and use them as motivation in the meantime? Feel free to comment below, as always 🙂