It wasn’t a “writing every day” week. I had a work late night, a role playing night, and a few nights of computer problems which we finally solved. I wanted 1000 works this week on the novel and made 1800. I reworked the outline going forward. I’ve been working on a short story critique, and reading for a novel critique. I’m also reading Ray Bradbry’s book on writing.
He favors the writing fast and writing hot, then spending the time you need to fix it. Story needs to be captured in the first draft, the essence of what the character is feeling. I like that approach, and I think it’s what draws me into Story A Day May every year, and Write1Sub1 this year.
I did learn that I need more than one revision before I send a story out. Flash is different. But the 4100 word story I sent out two weeks ago was bugging me. I had a friend critique it, and she pointed out some serious flaws. I think I know how to fix them, but I might be tucking a copy of this story into my novel ideas folder. It opens up a whole world in urban fantasy I never intended anything more than a short story.
Time will tell, as it always does with my writing.
This week’s plans are a repeat of week 3. With any luck, I’ll manage more than 1k on the novel. I’m eager to get through this. I want to see if the big confrontation comes out the way I’m picturing it, or if it’ll take a turn… Happy Writing!