I did it. I just forgot to log it.
I was brushing my teeth feeling bad about having broken my uninterrupted writing streak after, what, only five days? Then I remembered the ground rules I’d set for myself at the beginning: Do some creative writing every day. Even if it’s just a few words.
Later I revised that to a 500 word minimum. But 500 words isn’t the REQUIREMENT. It’s just a GOAL. Just a few words every day is the requirement.
So I sat down again and wrote a few words.
And now to bed. Busy day at work tomorrow. Um, today.
I have changed my vision for both the main female character and the villain, and I wanted to go back and make what I’ve written so far fit that vision.
The alternative is writing notes to myself and going back to the beginning and revising when I get to the second draft. I’ve done that before on previous novels. It’s a slog. This way seems more fresh and lively.
What I’m doing is dangerous. I could end up revising and revising and never adding new material. But I’m making up my writing technique as I go (as well as making up the writing itself, of course).
Someone on Twitter asked me today about my creative writing technique, whether I write major scenes first or write in order. I said this time around I did a 3,000-word outline and from that I’m writing scenes in order.
On previous novels I wrote without an outline. I just wrote scenes in order. But that was like pulling teeth.
I’m trying to get to the point where creative writing is just something I do every day, with no drama. Like BRUSHING teeth, rather than pulling them.
I found the voice of the female main character. I had been writing her as a manipulative bimbo until now, but then her voice got about deeper, she got about 15 years older, she told the villain he was a jackass while he was armed and surrounded by a half-dozen henchmen and she was unarmed and alone, and she made him stand for it.