15 July 2018
Week 2 of 15? Shouldn’t that be 16?
It was, but I’m ahead of schedule!
According to the original 16-week plan, I should have beat 1/8 totally done by today, and beat 2/8 half-done by next week.
Well, beat 1/8 is done (in fact, I over-wrote slightly) and I’ve already hit next-week’s goal! Beat 2/8 is 5,513 words into its 10,000 word goal!
Rather than rest on my laurels, I’ve decided to shrink the 16-week plan to a 15-week plan, and finish the first draft a week earlier than I originally anticipated:
In these first 10,000 words, each of the main characters has been introduced, has spent some time in their regular lives, and has had a problem (or two) to overcome.
The inciting incident hasn’t happened yet, but their world has been built. I’ve demonstrated the magic system, the technology available, and the conflict between the groups inhabiting this world.
I’ve tried really hard to not make it an info-dump, too. Magic is explained a bit-at-a-time in every-day scenarios. Technology is explained while the characters use it to live their lives. And their conflict… well, aggression is just a little high in this world right now, and it’s unavoidable.
And it’s going well, but… I’m really excited about getting to the inciting incident next week, so things can start going wrong for my heroes and villains!
I’ve got a few worries pounding upside my head. I’m trying to ignore them, since I logically know it’s too early in the game, but still…
I’m 26,454 words in, which is kinda awesome. In a couple of hundred more, I’ll be one-third of the way to my 80,000 word goal. By this time next week, I ought to have breached 30,000.
Writing is intimidating. This story is intimidating. But – oh boy – I’m having with it!
I hope you all had an awesome week!
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