Today my word count was higher than expected, and while I was pleased with the fact that my story is progressing, I can already tell that a lot of what I wrote today will need a heavy revision. Usually this would deter me, making me annoyed that to some degree i am rushing through parts. The timing of my novel is always something that trips me up, I am doing so many moments blow by blow, that I feel guilty about speeding up. Of course, even though my book only takes place over a few months, no one wants to read about every second of everyday. I understand that books sometimes have to do this, at least in the first draft, and giving myself permission has been a big weight off my shoulders.
I am definitely starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I haven’t exactly figured out how my climax is going to fit in, but it is definitely getting closer.
That said, I think my focus on word count hurt me a little today. I was starting to lose the ability at 1,450 words today, and I decided i should eat lunch (it being 2 pm) and take a walk. This practice really helped, but I believed I could push myself further than I really could. The result? Editing this later is going to be harder, and it might possibly paralyze me. I’ll have to figure out how to make it work. Thus I left myself the following note:
[Author note: October 5, 2011– I wrote this, and I like a lot of it. That said, if this needs to be cut and redone, know that this is okay. Read your blog entry on this day.]
Today I wrote 1,864 words in my novel.