Here is a ‘shout out’ for those participating in NaNoWriMo. Wait, is that right?
YOU CAN DO IT! KEEP GOING! KEEP WRITING! YAY!
I haven’t done this, always too busy working on a current project, but it is similar to how my rough drafts happen. Ideas get written down, usually on post-its, of dialogue, descriptions, and action. Sorted into story arcs, then to parts/chapters of a single story idea. (Picture a notebook page titled ‘Chapter One’ with post-its stuck in line and in order.) Once I have enough for a story, those get written into rough draft, the string of consciousness of the story. Hand written in a three ring binder, no paragraphs, no spell check, no grammar, just words-illegible to all but me. (And a five inch stack of post-its I can’t throw away.) Then comes the beta draft; typed, pretty, not repetitive, and all the proper grammar furniture.
I’m not sure what comes next, since I’m still on Beta draft. We will see. Hopefully, a little revision, then publication.
I experienced a new mental state this week, Writer’s Log Jam. (As opposed to Writer’s Block.) It’s when too many ideas are trying to shove into a single scene. It is an important scene, pivotal even. I have what I, the writer, wants to put in… What the characters want to happen… And what the reader actually needs to know… Plus some kind of flow and a logical progression of the story. My word count was down as I sorted it all out. Dishes and laundry are good for keeping the hands busy while the brain sorts, plus chores get done. Bonus!
Word count to date; 30,970. Averaging 1711 words per day. Not quite my target of 2,000, but not bad.