For some reason, things have never gone as planned. By this, I mean that every time I start with an idea of a particular chapter of Story A (yes, I said chapter. They are legit 10+ page chapters too), the I “play through” of the chapter always ends differently than how I pictured it. Or—and this is the most common—I start off the chapter with a title and by the end of the chapter that title is just utterly useless. UTTERLY useless.
Why? Because by the time I get to the end of the chapter, the title of the chapter has nothing to do with what actually happened in the chapter. OR that title needs to be used in the next chapter. So the chapter I wrote ends up being one big tangent that’ll either become something really great or it’ll become a darling (as in the “slay your darlings” type of darlings).
As far as page count goes, I’m creeping up on page 40…and after 40 comes 50! You know, with nine (not ten) numbers in between—yay basic math! As an English major, I sometimes feel the need to prove I can still do basic math…or that I’m not entirely bad at it. #Trueconfessions #PotentialTMI
The most I’ve ever written for a story’s draft has been 128 pages. I would literally sit and write for hours every day for something like half a year. Impressive discipline, maybe, but the draft was never completed. Just one of those “I’ll get to you eventually’s.” Which I will get to…eventually.
The basic goal of Story A—aside from finishing it (that’s the most important)—is to surpass that page count. I’ve come pretty close before, but I’ve never had the discipline or time to surpass it. And, you know, finish something that major. But that’s the goal and that’s basically my writing process. Hoping to get past page 40 by Friday at the very least.