Quick Writing Update
So, I realised it’s been a while since I last talked about my novel. Since said novel is one of the main points of this blog, that is…not great.
So now, a quick update.
I’m around 18k into the new draft, and so far I honestly think it’s a remarable improvement over the old version. The pacing seems considerably tighter (as I’ve mentioned before) and the setting of the novel feels far more real, both in my mind and on the page, than it did before. I’ve been writing at a slow but steady pace, having managed to add or edit 500 to 1000 words on most days, and should easily have the draft done before the end of the year if this keeps up.
In addition, I tried sending my opening chapter to be critiqued by a few trusted readers. The response has been mostly positive thus far, but I’ve also recieved a lot of good constructive criticisms that I intend to put to good use in later drafts. I was particularly pleased by the response I got to the “hook” scene that occurs midway through the chapter: individual readers reacted to it in wide variety of ways, but it certainly did its job of making people want to read more.
All things considered, then, I’d say things are going well.
The only problem? I really have no idea what sort of book I’m trying to write anymore. This draft is turning out very differently from the original, and I can only assume the two will diverge further as time goes on. Given how faster the pacing is this time around, the two are pretty much going to have to diverge if the new draft is to end up novel-sized. What this means for the overall project, I’m not quite sure, but I guess I’ll begin to find out within the next ten thousand words or so.
Also, I literally just discovered the existance of the “more” tag on wordpress – not that I’m slow on the uptake or anything…
Any recent writing progress to share? Feel free to do so below.