Month End Benchmark


Also, saw this guy at the bus stop who was a dead ringer for my main character.

The chapter should have been an easy one. It was already half written, surely I could turn it around in a day or two, right?

Right?

I took it apart. I put it together. I changed the location- twice. I added a character. I changed the order of the events. I re-divided the action. I added in dialogue. I took out dialogue. I took it apart again. I put it together again. I re-cut the pages that I’d previously considered “done” and stitched them into other parts of the action like a mad scientist creating a monster.

Eight days later…

I guess, just goes to show that there is no such thing as an “easy” chapter when it comes to writing. I’ve worked on it so much that I’ve lost all perspective: it might be good or it might be a Frankenstein mess, but at least it has the right number of fingers and toes.

Sort of.*

At any rate, it is done-enough for now, so I’m celebrating. With this chapter finished, I’ve officially completed five chapters for this month. Regrettably this means I’m back down to an average of one-chapter-per-week, but it’s still progress so it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye.

*(Inside joke: the character literally tries to count his fingers in this chapter only to discover that he has the wrong number).

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on August 30, 2018.

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