Fumbling Towards Part 1 – Day 286

I’m on the last leg of Part 1 in the second draft, and it’s a good feeling. Too long I’ve felt like I was spinning wheels here. I’m working on the last scene now — the climatic scene of the first part where the first plot point turns the story on its head (à la Larry Brooks’ StoryFix.com). Very exciting! The only problem is, Part 1 will be about 7,000 to 12,000 words too long. Very frustrating!

Okay, I know, it’s all part of the process. I’ll whittle it down, either right now or in the third draft. I’ve already excised pages and pages of great stuff, sacrificing them to the God of Concision. What’s 20-odd more pages between friends?

Anyway, more on that tomorrow.


Novel-Writing Hours

Today: 1
Total: 138.25

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2 Responses to Fumbling Towards Part 1 – Day 286

  1. Do you really want to keep a running total of the hours spent on your novel?

    I installed a wordcount plugin on my fly fishing blog, and when the counter rang up past 730,000, instantly regretted it.

    As someone who has spent the last two decades measuring my output in 100 word increments, numbers like these are shocking…
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    • Graham Strong says:

      lol – really? I would have thought it would be inspiring, seeing how many words you logged! A sense of accomplishment, and all that.

      There are two reasons why I’m doing it. For one, it’s the accountability thing again — just another way to keep me focused, on track, goal-oriented, etc.

      But actually, the main reason goes back to the Malcolm Gladwell maxim of the 10,000 rule. (I know he didn’t make it up, but that’s where I read about it — Outliers, I think?) So I’m keeping track of my novelist hours to see how close I get to that. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule, that’s for sure. But it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes to get published.


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