So I had previously alluded to the fact that I’m working on a first draft (well, I’m calling it a 0.5 draft now, that gives me much more room to be rough and not use perfectionism as an excuse for procrastination). In this post, I thought I would elaborate a bit more on it. First, I had set the goal to finish the draft by my birthday next year which is in late Oct. Second, I’m glad to announce that I’ve already went over the 20% mark on it.
That’s pretty much all I have to share at the moment but I will also provide a sneak peek into the novel via the following elevator pitch that I came up with:
A fantasy story set in fictional ancient China. A young
woman desperate to find her missing younger sister. A deserter out to find a new life and place for himself and his fellows. The convergence of their paths in the search for hope.
Decided on how to proceed by switching pace of alternating narration
Amended scene 2 of chap 20
Removing 2 chapters’ worth of scenes from chaps 11-20 to fix up timing bug
Completely restructured sequence of scenes by switching the order of narrative alternation
Scene 1, chap 9
Scene 2, chap 9
Main gist of chap 10
Scene 1, chap 10
Chap 10 done
Scene reorganisation between chap 10 and 21
Expanded scene 1, chap 21 (but stuck)
Noted down crucial plot points for chaps 21-25, 31-35 and early ideas
Some time between last recorded period and this one, I encountered a major stumble block which was the events were occurring out of sequence in the book. So basically this entire week was spent correcting this.
Week Goal: 1 achievement on average on weekdays and 2 on weekends. Up to Chapter 20 outlined (1 chapter).
Week Tally: 1.4 achievement on average on weekdays and 2.5 on weekends
Sum story progress: a bit over 2 chapters (redid one chapter from last week)
Against last week: Got rid of cold so speed picking up again.
1. Expanded scene 2 of Chap 18, tagged on a little more events to fill it up so that it can stand on its own
2. Scene 1, chap 19
1. Rough gist of rest of chap 19
1. Refinement of scene 3, chap 19
Down with cold. Took a day off.
Week Goal: 1 achievement on average on weekdays and 2 on weekends. Up to Chapter 20 outlined (3.5 chapters). Week Tally: 1.2 achievement on average on weekdays and 1 on weekends Sum story progress: 2.5 chapters Against last week: The cold interfered with my progress but it’s still fair, didn’t reach the assigned week goal but moved ahead compared to last week.