Tomorrow I am trying a thing—a writing thing. I’ve been having some success, as I mentioned in my last post, with both editing and writing my two different projects at the same time. This works to some degree, but I can’t really go full tilt into either one. So, tomorrow I’m going to see if I can knock back at least 10,000 words. I’ve done more than that before on 3 Day Novel contest stuff, so I know it’s possible. If I can get that done, I’ll be more than a quarter of the way through the horror book (once it’s added to what I already have).
Part of the reason I want to do this is that I always hate being at the beginning of a new story. It’s stupid, but I feel like there’s no groundwork for me to build on—like the foundation of the story is shaky and uneven (because I’m still putting it into words) even if it’s planned out. It makes me nervous and I second guess a lot of what I end up writing. If I’m a bit further along into a story, I can relax a little and not feel so pressured to mash out huge quantities of text every minute of every day. It’ll also be nice to take a day or two off of my edits; I tend to rush into them after only a few days post-book completion. A number of much more well established authors say they take weeks or months off of a book before they get back into it. It really can help to let your mind separate from the story for a little bit—gives you some outside perspective. I think, however, that I’ve been writing Dreamstate II: Wretched Throat for long enough that a lot of the content at the beginning of the book has already settled in my brain. I’ll get back to the editing in a few days, tops.
Short post—prepping for the fun of tomorrow—you’ll get an update on how it goes next time.