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08 April 2014 @ 09:50 am
it means nothing.  

The fact that I have created a Scrivener file for the PADYA (Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Young Adult) novel means nothing.

The fact that I spent an hour and a half pounding out a gibberish-filled rough draft synopsis last night also means nothing.

The fact that I’m looking with some interest at time-tracking software does mean something, but that’s something I wanted to do anyway, because I do want to see if I can quantify the success ratio of the exhaustive synopsis. I don’t know how many hours I spent on the Regency, except most writing days after the first three or so when I was getting my feet under me I was averaging well above my usual 1k/h–I had days when I was hitting just under 2K an hour for several hours on end. Assuming 1250wph average, it took me about 70 hours including the exhaustive synopsis process to write the book, which is a reduction of about 20% of average.

(Of course, I also skipped all the descriptions, which always slow me down. They’ll go into the second draft. :))

Anyway, that’s just guesstimating, though, and I want to actually try to keep track for the next book to see if it was genuinely really helpful or if it was just an Attack Book that worked out well. :)

(Hm, Toggl looks like it’s got pretty well what I need, which is basically a start-stop timer for a project. That’ll do!)

In other news, I hear over on Twitter that STONE’S THROE has been edited, which means it will presumably be coming back to me sometime soon for revisions, so that’s cool.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Chrysoulachrysoula on April 8th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Toggl looks interesting. Mind, it makes me wish I could bill for household chores and helping my children put their pants on.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on April 8th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hee. I put in all the descriptions in the first draft, but end up leaving out part of the plot. Your way seems more reasonable, but process mostly isn't reasonable.

kitmizkit on April 8th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I've never skipped the descriptions so thoroughly as I did in this one. The entire manuscript is full of NOTE: DESCRIPTY DESCRIPTY DESCRIPT and things like that. It's going to take ages to fill in. :)
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on April 8th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I can certainly see that it would speed things up, but my going-forward method is so weird that with no description I would never get anywhere.

kitmizkit on April 8th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
In this particular case it was relatively easy to skip because it's all Regency costuming/decorating and I didn't have access to the internet while I was working and I don't have enough native knowledge (yet) to invent things. Usually I wouldn't be able to do it so ruthlessly. But you're a vastly more descriptive writer than I am, and I can see why it would be nearly impossible to move forward without the descriptions!
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on April 8th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
That makes perfect sense. You don't need the scenery to be built before you write the dialogue, as it were. I once tried to write a fantasy novel about Keats, and my lack of knowledge about what everything looked like during the Regency totally stymied me.

I hide Easter eggs for myself in descriptions -- not that I know I'm doing it at the time, but there they are when I need them.

kitmizkit on April 8th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
oh yes! the "oh THAT'S why that bit was important!" moments! I kind of love those. They always amaze me. I'm always like, "Brain, how do you DO that?!"

I suppose I'm going to have to retro-fit any moments like that in this book. I wonder if that'll work... :)
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on April 8th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I love them too.

I expect retro-fitting those moments will work, but I bet it will have moments of unusual interest.

irishkateirishkate on April 8th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
I am fascinated by the idea of leaving out the descriptions AND by the idea of having to create regency descriptions at all...