I’ve always known I wanted to “write a novel”, but no matter how many times I sat down to start I never could. As I mentioned in last weeks post, I’ve always had many novels planned but never made much progress beyond planning them. Remembrance in Blood is different, I’ve started it and I’m making progress. So what makes it different?
I’ve become one with the skeleton! At least, writing down the skeleton of my story. Before, when I’ve attempted other pieces of work, I’ve gotten stuck right from the start. I’d spend literal hours labouring over one page; trying to get that page perfect. I wanted my story to have a captivating introduction, I wanted to get my readers hooked, I wanted to describe the scene and set up my characters… All that is fine in the long run, in fact, I’m pretty sure most Authors would actively aim for that! But when writing the first draft? It’s a setback and it holds you back.
So, I’ve started writing the skeleton of my story. I write just to have it written, I write just to move from one scene to the other – sometimes as little as a couple of lines – purely to get my story onto the page. I don’t look back, I don’t labour over each word used, I write and write and write some more. It’s been a blessing. Honestly, I don’t know how I haven’t done this before. I used to be so obsessed with a First Draft being closer to a Final Product without even considering just how terrible and bare-bones a first draft could be – and it’s great!
Title: Remembrance in Blood
Word Count: 8,000+ Approx.
Status: First Draft
I might only be 8,000 words in, but plot wise I’ve made a ton of progress. When I reach the end, I can go back and fill in all the gaps; adding flesh to the bones of my story.