Drafting a novel the easy way: day 32

I’m making inroads on my deficit but I have to remember that it only relates to a target of 100 words a day, which is a pretty lenient target.

I’ve actually reached a point where I’m moving the story along now, rather than just scene setting, and even better it’s a story development that I did not have in mind when I began this project. So it feels as though there is some organic process happening.

I’m still over-focused on points of detail, and precisely characterising each minute emotion and gesture, but perhaps this is easing up a little as I know there’s only so far that even I can go with describing a single bare room. My ‘set’ is so limited, and so much of the substance of my story is in the characterisation, that I wonder if I should be trying to write a dramatic piece instead. But, to be frank, I’d have no idea how to go about writing a piece like that. Though perhaps I shouldn’t allow that to deter me. I’d better let that idea germinate.

There are one or two books that I probably should read to inform my thinking – a couple of non-fiction, and a fiction – but I’m a little reluctant as this is not the time to be infecting myself with self-doubt and feelings of inferiority. On the other hand, I know that as I go crucial turns in the story will hinge on the smallest detail, and if these details subsequently prove to be impossible to support it will be hard to turn the text around.

Word count: 2,593

Deficit: 607

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One Response to Drafting a novel the easy way: day 32

  1. Xephile says:

    Only 6 days deficit now ; keep going!!

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