Well, it’s been an interesting week, writing-wise.
I was making pretty good progress on the Elven Bard novel (sequel to Song and Sword) and then…
And then a character showed up that I wasn’t expecting and sort of trashed my scene. I have no idea why she’s there, either, but I know I need to find a way to get that scene back on track – there’s stuff that needs to happen in it that got pushed aside because of her arrival. (I think I just figured out how to fix it. Work in the other stuff before her presence is announced.)
But anyhow, I kept going to see if I could figure out how her being there was going to play out, and then I realized that the conversation I was writing just plain would not have happened in that setting.
But the conversation is important. It can work into a sub plot that’s been mentioned (and which will be of more importance in the next book) and it makes use of the above-mentioned character (Inizi, for anyone who is curious) but it has to happen in a different kingdom. (I hate writing scenes out of order, I really do, but this was an accident.)
So I added a bunch of white space before it and will use it when the characters get to the other kingdom, hopefully some time this month.
Why this month?
Because next month is Camp NaNoWriMo and the cabins are already opening for it.
Yes, I’ll be doing it. No, I’m not sure if I’m going to commit to 50K for it. I’ll be doing NaPoWriMo again too, and job stress is really getting to me so I don’t know if I can do 50,000 words of novel, 30 poems, and cope with work.
Anyhow, keeping Camp word count separate from your main Word doc is hard enough without trying to work it in around already existing scenes. And since I do want to work on this during Camp I’d like to get caught up to that scene by the end of the month.
I have a 9k word goal for this month, so we shall see.
Of course, I can always work on something else during Camp. It’s not like I have a scarcity of plot bunnies and started novels. (I think my count currently stands at 40, plus I’m sure I’m missing some.) I’d really like to get the first draft of this book wrapped up this year, though, preferably before November so I can start the next sequel then.
Or I can use Camp to finally complete the current round of revisions to Onyx Sun. That might be a more productive use of it. Has anyone ever done that? If so, how do you verify it at the end?