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29 January 2008 @ 05:14 pm
vaguely gloomy  

I knew by the time I was into the second chapter of the book that the first chapter was dead weight. I kinda thought I’d keep it where it was until I got to the end and ran over, and then I could just whack out six thousand words really easily and feel all accomplished and stuff. However, in adding new material to support the emotional impact of the storyline, I began re-arranging stuff, and almost instantly it became clear that having this extraneous chapter whose real purpose was to make me feel better about my wordcount was really going to screw up my mental placing of material in the book.

So it had to go. The new stuff I’m working on right now goes in chapter three, and probably other stuff will get added in here and there and the other place, so I can’t add up my book wordcount in any really tidy fashion right now, except for the rather pathetic-feeling prologue+1&2. 64 pages. 64 pages wouldn’t be bad, except before I started rearranging things, it was 133 pages. Gloom, doom, moop, mope.

I mean, ok, yes, I know that the chapter I struck was 23 pages and that yes, in fact, I have 110 other pages of material written and by the time I’m done adding new stuff in the next day or two I’ll very likely be back up in the vicinity of 133 pages. But it *looks* so depressing! And I really, really wanted to break 40K on the book by the end of the month, which was only 1800 words away after today’s writing session if I kept that chapter, but which is now 7800 words away, and I have not been writing at anything like that speed lately.

And now my YTD wordcount and my book wordcount are not the same. V. sad. V. *snif*

ytd wordcount: 38,200

(x-posted from the essential kit)
xnamkradxnamkrad on January 29th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
passes the tissues and pats you on the back - there there princess
16:9 1.78:1 OAR: Ryusixteenbynine on January 29th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
When starting my last book the one piece of advice I hatched for myself was "Apart from whatever happens in the second half of my story, what's the biggest bang? Pick that and start there."

I didn't really have a bang, though, so I came up with ANOTHER piece of advice: "If you can't start with a bang, then you can at least make them laugh." Hence my opening sentence about how the protagonist's relationship of four years was terminated not over clashing religions or tepid sex lives, but ranch dressing and a TV show named Cowboy Bebop.
out_totheblack: 50000 of smutout_totheblack on January 29th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm just so impressed that you professional writer types can crank out books like that.

I still can't get through my re-writes for my 50,000 words of outline that I did for NaNoWriMo.

Keep up the good work.
kitmizkit on January 29th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have lots of practice, at this point. :)

*hugs* Thanks. :) And I like your icon. *laugh*
irishkateirishkate on January 29th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
v hugs

there there - you knew you were going to lose the words anyway - it's just a matter of perspective...
kitmizkit on January 29th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, but it would have been *satisfying* then, and it's just *gloomy* now! :)

Coffee and a walk tomorrow, perhaps? Depending on weather?
irishkateirishkate on January 29th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
sounds like a possibility - I'll be free at about 4:45 - so it would be 5:20 before I'd get to you - at a guess...
Brian: Bunny: readinglogrusboy on January 29th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Awww... We still luv ya and stuff.
sammywolsammywol on January 29th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
*passes fudge* Fancy a coffee sometime for a quick moan?
Geek of Weird Shitgows on January 30th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Hey--came across this and thought of you. I know Storm isn't your gal, but thought you might know someone who'd appreciate it.