So, it had been a while since I did any work on last year’s NaNoWriMo manuscript. Every time I looked at it, I just kind of went, “… blah.” I thought I had lost interest in it, and last night I was wondering whether I should just write it off as a now-I-know-I-can-write-a-book-though-I-will-never-really-do-anything-with-it thing, and go on to bigger and better projects. At this stage last night, the title I had planned for this post was “Is this a cop-out?” I decided, however, that I would at least pick it up again and see if I could do a bit more editing and see how I felt about it then…
Once I got back into it, I realised it wasn’t that bad. The necessary-to-the-plot time travel does make it convoluted and I’m going to have to work on that, but I am glad I picked it up again. I’m going to keep it in a more prominent place and maybe take it to work a couple of days this week to work on during my lunch break. I went through 17 pages of it today, so I am rather happy with that.
Writing-wise, well. In my last post, I said I had found a prompt for a new short story. That… didn’t go so well, I got stuck fairly quickly with that. I think tend to get stuck when I work from prompts because I create a scene based on the prompt (such as my drunk character being stuck in a museum) but then once I actually have written what the prompt suggests, I realise I have no resolution in mind. I actually wrote two different versions of the “drunk in a museum gets advice from the afterlife” thing, and was unable to finish either of them. I’ve got a few other little shorts like this, they’re all just saved in a folder on my laptop. I was talking to my boyfriend about this, and he suggested maybe setting aside one day a week where I go back and see if I can add anything to these scenes/finish them off. So I think I’m going to do that.
In the meantime, since I set aside that story that I did all the planning for and then couldn’t seem to write, I’ve decided to return to the idea I mentioned not too far into this round, of the chick lit piece but with characters who are nerdy and silly and a bit more like me than the characters you normally see in this genre. I don’t know how it will pan out, but I have an idea of the beginning, the middle and the end which is better than I’ve been doing, so fingers crossed.
That’s all from me this week. Check in with other ROW80 writers here.