07 January 2018
That’s the first week of 2018 done, then!
One of my goals for 2018 is to write 1,000 words per day more often than I don’t, and so far… I suck!
Monday to Saturday, I didn’t write any words at all. I’m chalking it up to exhaustion, day-job anxiety and that old-fashioned fear of writing.
But even when I don’ t get anything done during the week, Sunday is always my best writing day. And today was an awesome day!
…even though trusty French Press is completely bollocksed up and I had to pull my old drip machine out of retirement, it was an awesome day!
MCSI: Kids Today – my submission for Otter Libris’ MCSI: Magical Crime Scene Investigation anthology – is going pretty well!
I’m 4,562 words in, and the first draft is about done. There are some huge gaps, but there’s a framework of a story from the beginning to the end.
I’ve created a sheet for each beat of a fall arc, and allotted myself no more than 1,000 words per beat. Right now, the first pinch point and the climax have gone slightly over-budget, but I reckon they’ll be pulled back in the edit.
In fact, I’m going to call that first draft done. It’s a bit cheeky – with those holes and all – but my next step is to go back to the beginning and start a pass of revision and gap-filling.
I’ve got some pretty big fears about the story. I know there’s a good idea in there somewhere, but I’m not convinced I’ve got it yet.
It’s a story of a character’s downfall, and the protagonist is… well, he’s pretty despicable. I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad if the reader could empathise at all, and that’ll be a challenge for a later revision. If anyone’s supposed to be likeable then it’s the antagonist, but we don’t meet her until half-way through, and even she acts selfishly and above the law.
Urgh. Right now, it feels like a very unlikeable story.
I’m also a bit worried that the “crime” in the story is more of a “personal injustice” which is being investigated, rather than strictly a criminal act being investigated by law enforcement. Actually – spoiler alert – there are several “crimes” committed in the story; only some are “criminal” and only some are “investigated”. There’s a very good chance that this story fits the brief way too loosely, and I’m just wasting my time.
I don’t know. I don’t know.
I’m hardly overflowing with confidence here, but let’s see how it goes.
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