Oy, today has landed on me full force. I've been playing around most of the week while hubby's been home, but now that he's back to work, I have to get back to it as well. Easier said than done when coming in a Thursday. Who wants to get serious this close to the weekend?
At any rate, there's a nine page short story I need to clean up, and on top of that, last night I pulled out the potentially full length wip that keeps nagging the bejeezus out of me and sorted through 47 pages of rough draft. The forty seven pages is like a quicky, exposition drive-through of the entire story.
I spent quite a bit of time going over the draft last night, pre-writing or whatever you want to call it. Story planning, etc. I jotted down notes to expand the story, mapped out the action area, and made sure I had set up the implicit promise from the first chapter. The beginning is solid, but I ended up marking pages mid-draft where I wanted to add an additional character. Sound insane? Yes, I thought so too. We'll see how that works out. Writers, for a free pre-writing workshop/checklist, GO HERE.
I determined to make the book 90k, I'm going to need approximately 72-74 scenes - depending on if I need an epilogue once this puppy reaches THE END. This also means I need to buy another pack of index cards.
Anyway, why am I talking about all this? Because last night I was effing around on the net and got a visit from the writing goal faerie. It dawned on me if I focused on this one full length story, I could possibly have a full length draft written - not all sparkly perfected and polished, mind you, but completed - by early September. The prospect is tempting.
I'm gonna go for it. I may end up with scraped knees and elbows, and I may end up not being able to do it by September. BUT! if I end up with a full length wip in my hands before the year is out it will all have been worth the bumps and bruises.
Off for now! I have to take care of errands so I'll be ready for the tweekend. :P If you get a chance, there is an awesome Midnight Brew interview featuring author Kalayna Price over at the Midnight Moon Cafe blog. A copy of her book Once Bitten is being given away, so be sure to comment in the interview thread for a chance to win.
Happy Thursday, everyone.