Today has not been a great writing day.
Yesterday I hit a bit of a wall, in that I found that the plot outline I’d done left out the fact that I’d not really thought out the first few bits. Sigh. I have a really good idea of what happens about 4 scenes later, and a whole bunch after that, but not the very beginning.
Normally, what I’d do was write whatever random crap I could think of to fill in the blanks, but this year I swore to myself I’d write better, so I decided to skip some scenes. Which is a lot easier to say than do, lol.
In case you’re wondering how I do this, I’m using scrivener for the most part, and the way it’s set up makes creating separate scenes really easy. For saving outside of scrivener (or if I wasn’t going to use it), I’m simply creating a new document for each scene, and labelling it. ‘Chapter 1a’, ‘Chapter 1b’, etc. That way it’s really easy to find the bits I’m skipping, for later writing.
Tomorrow at lunch I’m going to do a bit of brainstorming for the upcoming, semi-plotted scenes, writing out quick sketches of what I want to write tomorrow night (I work during the day, which makes nano’ing an evening event). Then when I get home, I can just glance at that and go.
Or else skip a few more scenes. Ugh. It feels like I’m failing, but that’s just because I’m not used to writing this way. Not for Nano. Every year I write linearly, and every year I fail to finish the story.
Not this year! This year I will be smart! I will be strong! I will finish the dammed thing!
Time to refresh the brain. Here’s some artwork I used as inspiration in 2013. Click on it to go to the artist’s deviantart.