I’m heading into day 5 of my new goal to Write Fifteen Minutes a Day (WFMAD), so I thought I’d post an update.
My stats so far:
|Day 1:||27:58 min||520 words|
|Day 2:||34:54 min||969 words|
|Day 3:||44:26 min||1089 words|
|Day 4:||22:13 min||648 words|
So, over the past four days I’ve written for two hours, 9 minutes and 30 seconds, and have written 3,226 words. (Stats are courtesy of Liquid Story Binder, in case you’re wondering how I figured out the 30 seconds thing.)
I’m also sticking with my intention not to reread any of what I’ve written until I finish the first draft.
Despite this, here’s what I do know. Day 1’s 520 words are already cut – they’re totally out of the picture now – so they don’t really count.
You’ll notice that it took me a long time to get those 520 words down. And then after I finished my writing session, I went to bed not feeling very satisfied with what I’d written.
So on Day 2, I started all over again, with a whole new and very different beginning. Much better. Except … I also changed the tense I was writing in.
Day 1 was written in first person, past tense. Day 2 was first person, present tense.
The present tense seems to be a better fit for the story I’m telling. I already know, too, that when my second MC enters the scene, I’ll be switching to his POV, in third person, to boot. The novel’s going to go back and forth like that.
(This was actually the one thing that had stopped me from starting this WIP in the past – from the very start, it seemed to me switching from first to third person was the way to go about it, but the whole thing made me very nervous. I would have been far more nervous if I’d known I was also going to do the first person sections in present tense!)
The dicey thing is that I don’t have that much experience writing in the present tense. So this whole thing is quite the challenge for me. And yet, this seems to be the right way to go about it. I’m not writing as fast as I normally do, but what I’m putting down feels pretty good.
Now I just have to work on not leaving the writing until the last thing before bed … I am just so good with excuses when I do that. Luckily, none of the excuses have worked so far, but it’s safer and smarter to get my writing done well before midnight!
How are you doing with your writing or reading goals?