When Writing Plans Change


Earlier this year (I think it was in February?), I made a tentative writing schedule for the coming months. I've never done that before, and I thought it would help me have a good idea of which projects I wanted to focus on throughout the year. (I am never this organized when it comes to writing, but at least I tried, right?)

March's plans went well, finishing up revisions on The Assassin's Daughter. I've fallen behind in getting it out for beta-reading, though I'm working on having it ready soon.

April's writing goals were to finish another draft of TAD2 for Camp NaNo. This overlapped into the early days of May but was accomplished more or less on schedule.

So for May, after a short writing break, I had every intention of focusing on Roguess, a novella idea I prepped during Novel Plot Week last October. I was really excited about it and had already gotten a good writing playlist together and started a word-count tracker on MyWriteClub. I was ready to sit down with my laptop and start writing.

Roguess fought me every step of the way. I tried and tried to get the story and the characters to work. I even got a couple thousands words down. But it just wasn't working. And I knew why.

After quite a bit of complaining and ranting about it, I talked to my sister and my mom about the dilemma, and how I was conflicted about setting the project aside but also wanted to focus on the project that's been bouncing around in my head since the end of April.

Trace.

Basically what Trace did during the entire month of May.

This was my NaNoWriMo 2014 novel and I had already chosen August as the month for writing the second draft. But I couldn't get the characters and new ideas for it out of my head, no matter how hard I tried to focus on writing Roguess. So I printed off a copy of the first draft and read through it this morning, just to refresh my memory.

It's a book with a lot of flaws and a slightly-scrambled plot, but I'm still proud of it. Most of all, I'm eager to work with this cast again and dig back into the story to make it stronger.


What are you writing now?

Comments

  1. Ah, yes. Writing is something of an imperfect business, I feel like. It doesn't always go the way you want. Still, I'm glad that you're getting back into a project you love! :)

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