December 7, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
Last Word Count + Chapter Count:
Remember that time I said I was already 11K into my second draft? Turned out it was wishful thinking. Had to start again from almost zero because I didn’t like what I had written so far. 😦
Current WC + CC (or SC):
6262 words this week. I completed the first two chapters! I wrote more words than that if you’ll take into account that I rewrote my second chapter from beginning to end twice this week.
WIP Issues this week:
I just didn’t like the way my characters were carrying out the plot. And it was my fault because they didn’t write themselves! Had a lot of headache over how to fix them, how to fix the story, if it could even be fixed. But I think I did. I cut out a completely snarky chapter and replaced it with one that moves the story forward.
What I learnt this week in writing:
It might be your second draft, but it doesn’t mean it will be easier. I used to think my first draft was me telling myself the story, and my second draft will be me writing it like a pro. But it seems the standard for this second draft is to write a chapter today and rewrite it next tomorrow with newer eyes.
And that’s okay. I’m happier with the rewrites (which sounds funny in my head since my second draft in itself is a rewrite) because it’s less my MC explaining to the reader and more like she’s taking us along with her.
What distracted me this week while writing:
Studying. Life. Plus this little problem I had with paying for a form online. I just couldn’t connect to Worldpay but I calmed down after I found out I wasn’t the only one having the problem. But I’d already wasted 17 hours of my time wondering if it was my computer, my application, my internet or just that the network hated me.
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