Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Château Soleil Update 3

Current word count: 30,875
Chapters done: 9/52
Projected length: 178,389*

Another fortnight, another 10,000 words. I'm happy to be consistent, if not especially speedy. At that rate, it'll be about another six months to get finished, which is longer than I'd like but also very respectable. No red flags yet. I may hijack a portion of this for NaNoWriMo, but I worry that it'll be disruptive to my process.

How so? Well, I'll give a little insight into my process. I know this book will be 52 chapters because it's pretty rigidly outlined. Each chapter in my outline has a designated POV character and somewhere in the neighborhood of three bullet points, each representing a plot element that I need to make sure I hit. The rest, I'm making up as I go. Essentially, I'm treating each chapter as a short story.

This comes with a couple of caveats. One, I'm editing as I go. I want a chapter to feel finished when I put it down. I also like to edit a previous section as a way to build momentum before starting on a new section. This works pretty well for me, but it flies completely in the face of NaNoWriMo.

Now, don't get me wrong, these are pretty raw when I finally step away, but they're also completely cordoned off and have a finished internal arc. I'm not in any danger of, for instance, lifting a scene from one chapter to fill out another. This may or may not come back to bite me in the ass. We'll see. Probably in about forty thousand words (or two months!).

The other news is that I'm working out the kinks in an alpha-reading scheme. Which means I'll be wanting eyes on things soon. So, that's exciting!

Will write more, soon, probably.

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*For the math-inclined, I arrived at this number by dividing my chapters-done ratio into my current word count. Makes as much sense as anything else.

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