A word of advice for all you budding writers out there. Never on any account whatsoever, and whatever the inducements, take a holiday whilst attempting to get that first draft finished. That is an absolute, inviolate order. Ok got that? Good, let’s move on.
This last week has been painful. Not so much in word count, but in terms of getting back into the mind set of writing. There was a fear I had that the characters and the plot would have gone on holiday too. Well that turned out to be true. For the first few days, words emerged that seemed to suffice in terms of filling pages, but in reality and the cold hard light of the following day, not much more than that. So although the word count progressed, the story didn’t. It seemed I was just treading water, or if one is being charitable getting used to the idea and discipline of telling a story. On holiday, I had made lots of notes about future issues and , quite frankly, they have distracted me from getting to grips with the immediate story I had in front of me.
However, by Thursday, something clicked, all of a sudden, the groove returned. Characters started talking to me and each other in a way that was consistent with previous behaviour. Issues that I hadn’t really considered (from the characters perspective) suddenly started to surface. The dynamics of their interactions became better and more credible. This resulted in extensive re-writing of previous days work, but that didn’t really bother me, as the narrative was returning. The other noticeable thing was that short term plot points were resolving themselves without conscious thought again. Finally the route to move the story from A to B, as well as short story arcs for particular characters became much clearer. Phew!
So the week ended with the word count up to 85k and most of them were Ok. I’ll settle for that. Tonight I am off to a writers workshop organised by Pat McHugh who ran the creative writing classes. This is a sort of a follow on group for those writing “seriously”. I’ll let you know what happens.
See you out there