Writing Update #1 // In Which Pariah Stuff Is Happening (!!!)11:05 AM
A new thing I'm doing so I can show you peeps what's been going on in my writing life lately.
That's right, nothing but Pariah has been happening this month.
As I write this I'm 35k into Draft 9, most of which I've written this month. I'm trying to finish it this month so I can do something else for Camp NaNo (more on that tomorrow!) and hand this out to a new round of betas who have been very patient with me as I slog through the awfulness that is writer's block.
|me for the longest time this month.|
Excuse me while I scream forever because breakthroughs like that never happen to me, but here we are.
Long story short, I've been going at Pariah from all the wrong angles.
I have this problem where I get stuck in one way of doing a plot, or one event, so I just rewrite the same thing over and over and over and get frustrated when it doesn't work. It's like slamming into a piece of brick wall and only realizing that you can step a few feet to the right and go around it once you've given yourself a concussion and a bloody nose.
If that even makes sense. I was coming at it from the wrong perspective, the wrong theme, the wrong character motivations.
I had my antagonist all wrong.
Also it needed to be more steampunky. So there's that.
Since the breakthrough I've been writing/rewriting madly. I think I might lose it by the end of the month. But now that words are happening coherently for the first time in forever and I ACTUALLY FILLED OUT AN ENTIRE PLOT OUTLINE OH MY GOSH, I can't seem to stop. I'm suddenly reminded of why I love this story, and why I love writing, and why I shouldn't ever quit.
Also it's nice to know what I'm doing for once.
Basically, this month's lesson is: if it's not working, try another angle. Look at things a different way.
What have you been working on lately? (ALSO. If you're interested in potentially beta-reading Pariah, I'll have more info on that next week!)