January 31st, 2013

Guri praise the Lord

Lessons learned from this process:

1. Outlining is awesome.
2. If the outline is borked, go back and fix it. It will save you frustration in the long run.
3. Decide what the monster's going to be BEFORE you finish the outline. If you just decide, oh, I'll figure that out right before I write it, that's a real good way to bork your outline.
4. Having a plan for this process is a Must.
5. Having mini-goals and stretch goals helps. Anyone can write Just Another Hundred Words to get to the next goal.
6. While it's great to have cheerleaders, at the end of the day writing is a solitary pursuit and it's all on you. Sit your ass down at the keyboard and do it.
7. Don't pressure yourself over it. If you get the 50K, great. If you don't, you still have more words than you started with.
8. Sometimes the outline isn't as borked as you think it is. Sometimes it takes minor tweaking rather than huge swathes of rewriting. Simply moving events around, or having a different character perform the needed action, can fix it.

And, today, I dive into edits. Two people have already looked at Angry Bitter Angel, and they both enjoyed it. I need to add a cat and whack words. I am the Queen of Drabbles; surely I can trim this monster down to 17,000 words.

I hope.
wolf eyes

My tweets

  • Wed, 13:06: Okay, well. I failed and failed hard yesterday. Today, I will by-God finish this thing. Because this is frankly ridiculous.#amwritingdammit
  • Wed, 20:41: Okay, I'm going to sit my butt down, open #WriteOrDie, and write this damn scene. If I don't have an END by tonight, someone shoot me.
  • Wed, 23:09: THE END.… http://t.co/WV4cnNFS
  • Wed, 23:36: I have finished my NaNo project o'doom! 53,100 words on the month, five stories in the can. Tomorrow, I edit. Tonight, I collapse.
  • Thu, 10:01: Five new stories on the month. 53,100 words. And now, I open the Angry Bitter Angel file--and EDIT. I have a cat to add and words to whack.
  • Thu, 10:16: Lessons learned from this process:… http://t.co/rYes84Cq
  • Thu, 11:06: I think my process here will be to add description where it's needed in this pass, and weed-whack on the next. #amediting
  • Thu, 11:54: Oh, hey, I can close my #WriteOrDie tab. #amediting