I said to myself when I planned the Insane Summer Holiday Project, I had visions of working as a writer. Doing eight hour days, being strict on myself about lunch breaks, not procrastinating on 9gag or i09 (what is it about websites with 9s in their addresses – full of distracting goodies) or just generally frittering the time away. I envisioned writing 10,000 words a day. That’s a novella in three days.
It kinda hasn’t worked out that way so far… The Boyfriend has decided now would be a great time to strip all the paint off the stairs – which to be fair, it really is, as we’re going to have that area of the house decorated shortly, so better to make the mess now – and I’m trying to do a lot of it, as he’s been working hard digging up the back garden. Then there’s visiting my family, trying to make the most of the good weather (although the weather gods do seem to have taken care of that distraction for me) and generally trying to have a holiday between all the other stuff.
However, I have been writing. A lot. Since last tuesday I have written over 20,000 words, and most of that in the last three days. On a good day, I’m clocking up about 6000 words. Not quite 10,000, but a pretty good effort. And they’re not all dreadful words, either, which pleases me. Though no doubt when I come to the editing stage of this project, I will realise I’m currently viewing them with very rosy glasses.
I’ve just finished book 2 in the series. It’s a bit short of the 30,000 word target at 26,400. I need to go back and add a couple of scenes, flesh out a few more. There’s a revelation at the end that I had planned for book three, but decided to move forward, and that comes out of the blue a bit because I only decided to do it when I was on chapter eight of ten. So that will need weaving into the earlier chapters so it’s more of an ‘Of course’ than a ‘WTF?’
All this will help add those words, but in the interest of keeping up momentum, I’m not going to be doing it now. I’m leaving it for a day, I will then read through for obvious mistakes and continuity errors (and try to synonymise (not a word, I know, shut up) a few of the ‘I wonders’) before printing it off and packing it up in one of the three colourful boxes I bought today and passing it on to a sibling or friend to read.
I will then be pressing on with book three. I’m already full of ideas for scenes. The whole thing may be planned out, but so far both books have strayed from plan to include some exciting new elements that I’ve loved. I’m looking forwards to making some new discoveries about my characters and the world they live in, and developing the relationship between them further.
I’m like a furnace of creative energy at the moment. I only hope I can keep it up and steaming paint off the stairs doesn’t sweat it all out of me!