A surge of progess! Or not
Over the last couple of days, I’ve come substantially closer to reaching the end of the second draft (read: rewrite) of my science fiction novel. And this is despite being particularly busy with my studies lately, as well as having a cold which refuses to go away.
Sounds impressive? It isn’t.
What I did was clean out my outline* of any unwritten scenes which seemed less than fully necessary: if it remained at all possible to tell the story without a given scene, then that scene went. Much of my outline was unaffected by this – a good sign, I reckon – but it did reduce by a great deal the number of needed scenes that aren’t at least started. And I barely wrote a word in the process.
Cheating? Possibly. It’s not like I’ve done any real work on the book in the last few days; rather, I’ve simply reduced the work I’ll now been doing. Plus, all of the removed scenes did serve a purpose of some sort, even it that purpose was simply fleshing out the setting a little more; in other words, I could well end up re-adding them in a later draft. So, really, I haven’t reduced the work at all.
What I did do, though, was bring myself that much closer to getting a complete framework finished. After that, I’ll be in a great position to start editing and refining the piece…after the obligatory time-out from it, of course.
Any writing/drafting stories to share? Feel free to do so down below 🙂
*Which I recall saying in an earlier post I’d now be leaving alone. Go figure.