I’ve written a lot in the past 12 months. I haven’t achieved my short term goal of getting a short story published, but I’ve learned a lot and I feel that I’ve come a long way.
I spent far too long on a single 5-6000 word story, editing and re-writing it a ridiculous number of times. I have half written another two stories – both where I know the basic plot and specifically how they end but have struggled to get their middles written and have burnt out.
And recently I banged out another very short 2000ish word story which sits percolating in a folder until I feel struck with enough inspiration to dig into it again.
But in the past few days I’ve commenced writing the real bad boy in the back of my mind – the novel length story. I’ve given this one a lot of thought and have spent a lot of time messing around with basic outlines. But I’ve reached a point now where the only option is to actually have a crack at writing it. As of this moment, I’ve written 2 chapters in their earliest draft. I feel a little phased by the fact I don’t know where this one goes in the middle, but I have a good idea of how I want to end it, and a good idea for most of the main characters.
I figure I’ll just start writing and work out the problems as they arrive. There’s at least 2 sub-plots that need to be worked in, one of them being the antagonist’s role in the story (who I want to be far from your typical mwahahaha-style villain) and another giving me greater ability to show conflict in the world beyond the initial protagonists part in it.
And that’s where I’m at.
My first goal is to start getting a few of the clearer chapters done so I’m not dealing with empty page syndrome. Now that I have 2 chapters written, it’s struggling with my other greatest issue – continuing on from where I left off as opposed to re-writing the first section 50 bajillion times.
Wish me luck!