Writing progress for August 4

Barely 400 words this evening. I was so hopeful,too, as I was working on one of three scenes that anchor the overall story and I thought it would be an easy scene to write. It wasn’t.

It’s not that I don’t know what’s going on. It is more in the execution of the scene. The scene involves the launching of a spacecraft and there is a kind of cliche in scenes like these that I am trying to avoid. But when I started writing the scene, I realized I was going in the direction of cliche. Rather than dispair, I thought about something I learned at Readercon: throw away your first few ideas for a scene until you hit on something original that works. So I’m letting my brain process on it for a while.

Overall, I’m pleased with how the story–which is about halfway done–is going. I’ve started making notes in the scenes that I’ve already written indicating what will have to change in the second draft. I’m looking forward to finishing the first so that I can start on the second, which is always my favorite part of the writing process.

If all goes well, the first draft will be done by this time next week, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll have the second draft done before the Little Miss arrives.


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