November 11, 2003

Stepping back a moment

After my rant about organic writing, I went and spent some time outlining today. More babbling to myself in a semi-outline format. One paragraph per segment, with intervening chatter about what the hell is going on. Slowly, slowly it is coming together. I think I'm going to spend the next few days doing that, then go back to cranking out word count.

I've come to a decision. I don't need to make 50k by the end. I just need to have a direction and have a good flow, and be really cranking on this novel. Get a decent pattern down so that I can finally finish it. I really want to know where this goes and if it was worth writing it. The first couple of chapters started out so strongly I have to know if can complete it. I have to know if I can write a GOOD novel. One that is worth revising and worth working on and putting my effort into for the next year. Because I revise hideously slowly, and it'll take that long.

I really hope this novel isn't just another part of my million words of crap. *sighs* I'd like this one to be worth *something* because I just have such a fondness for my characters. *wry smiles* Won't know till it's done.

Posted by Deb Atwood at November 11, 2003 11:11 PM | TrackBack

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