Weekly Writing Update #6: 2/13/21

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Another week, another writing update!

So, as I detailed last week, after much effort, wrist pain, and eye strain, I finished writing Chapter 5. Hooray! It isn’t perfect, but I’m satisfied for now. I moved onto the next chapter, which has presented problems of it’s own. I know what I want to say, it’s just a matter of finding the time (and the attention span) to sit down and write. I’ve had a busy week, busier than usual that is, and I’ve been writing in one hundred-or-so word increments, which is quite unusual for me.

I think my biggest problem with this draft is my mind set. The purpose of draft three is not to quickly write words. It is to revise what I have, to make it better. I’m focusing on quality, not quantity. Sometimes, I get frustrated because I cannot revise a chapter in one sitting like I could before. That’s because I’m spending so much time refining each and every piece of my writing. I have to constantly remind myself that this is not a race. I am not trying to rush out a draft for the sake of getting it done. I want my story to be good and, now that I have an outline I am happy with, it is time to put in that work and really make what I have blossom.

Luckily, I have a three day weekend coming up, so I should be able to knock out the next chapter in the coming days. As I stated in previous updates, I have two protagonists–a man and a woman. I am starting with the female protagonist’s Act 1 chapters before moving to the male’s chapters. I would like to have all of the woman’s chapters completed by the end of this month. I will probably give them one or two more passes before moving onto the man’s chapters. Once Act 1 is written in it’s entirety, I will do another round of revision and polishing before moving onto Act 2.

I hope everyone’s writing is going well and that you achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. Have a wonderful weekend and until next time, kill your darlings, slay your dragons, and keep writing!

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