Another divergence today — and another step forward, I think. I’m realizing that my storyline is running a little flat — not enough conflict. Not that everything’s daisies, mind you, but there is room for a knife fight here and there (at least figuratively). So I’m adding a few of those in.
I think in the second draft, once I know the structure of the story, I’ll be in a better position to really draw the tension together. Still, not a bad idea to try to build it in as I go along. Besides, it’s good exercise.
Exercise. That’s really what this whole novel is so far, isn’t it? I mean, I have a story in mind, a destination, and a plan to get there. But really, I’m more interested in the process of writing a novel than the story itself. It’s an interesting experiment, and a way to develop my novel-writing chops. Maybe this is a good way for all potential writers to approach a book. Marathon runners don’t just run a marathon, there are months — maybe years — of training.
So this is my training. Moving forward, getting some miles beneath me, and laying out the groundwork for what’s to come later.
Sure takes the pressure off.
(Novel Writing Totals)
Hours Today: 1
Words Today: 1,321
Hours Total: 26.5
Words Total: 37,848
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