02 July 2018
Nyargh. This weekly update is a day late because I’ve been wiped the fuck out by food poisoning.
But apart from that…
Last week, I was still working on the four main characters’ 4,000-word point-of-view summaries.
And now they’re done!
And – oh boy – it was definitely worth doing that. All of the (many, many) previous drafts of this story failed because they were really just sequences of characters doing things. I really needed to spend this time getting each character’s point-of-view so I could figure out their authentic goals and motivations.
So, that netted me 16,000 words in total, and then I split the summaries out into scenes across eight plot beats:
I was happy to see that my summaries were fairly well-spread across the eight beats. There’s a bit of bias toward the beginning, but I’ve never – never! – understood the ending as well as I do now.
This is going to be a ton of fun to write!
I reckon I write about 5,000 words per week on average, which means it’ll take me around two weeks to wrap up each beat.
So, here’s my 16-week writing plan:
I’m so wiped out from this food poisoning, but it feels amazing to have this plan laid out. I hope your 2018 goals are going well, too!
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