I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to figure out exactly what was going to happen in Takeover and how those events could lead to three more stories. I also just couldn’t decide if Alexander was good or bad. In the end, he’s both, as any vampire/witch should be. 🙂
Today I wrote 400 words on a new scene and then wrote a little blurb for each of the remaining scenes. This made me happy. This felt like progress.
Then I went back and looked to see how many words the previous four scenes I’d written were. The first scene came in at 1,397. Excellent. It went downhill from there. 457, 382, 509. Blah.
This tells me that right now, those short little scenes are ideas. Ideas that need fleshing out. If I want Takeover to come in at roughly the same word count as the other DoS stories, I’ve got to pump my scenes up considerably.
I thought about making each scene 1,300 words. I know that my writing is spare and I can always describe things more thoroughly. But then that seemed weird and sort of artificial. I mean, I still want the story to be written in my voice and I’m not sure my voice always has 1,000 extra words in it.
So, I’m going to try to do this loosely. After I finish writing the whole story, I’m going to go through each scene that is shorter than 1,300 words and pinpoint three things that could be expanded upon. I think this will help me complete the first draft of Takeover more quickly because I won’t have to fret over if I’ve written enough.
I realize this is how a lot of people write their first drafts, but I always edit as I go, so it’s new for me.
Wish me luck! I’m off to go put in some time on the Glimpse pilot that I’ve neglected for a week. Hope all is well with you guys.