Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Writing progress

Story Title: A Necessary Evil (aka The One About the War)
Words revised today: 344
Words now in Chapter 2: 5251
Percentage reduction: 5%
Words total: 66,015
Reason for stopping: Brain tired. Need to relax for a while before bedtime.

Still removing the traces of amnesia, and the waffle. *Rolls eyes* Heavens but this draft was long winded if not downright waffly. Also suffered from lots of Mark saw, Mark felt, Mark heard etc as an attempt to establish POV. Noooo! Not necessary.

It will still be very rough even after this pass, but I want to get it more or less in shape and bash on and finish the damned thing. Just to have a complete draft of this novel would be a huge achievement. Seeing as I've been writing the bloomin' thing for over 30 years. On and off. Version after version.

At least I think I know what I'm doing with the novel now. For too long, it was the Story of the War, not any particular character's story, and hence it lacked focus. Staring at the story structure mindmap last night must have finally made the Unconscious Writer Brain get a grip on it, because it sent up a nice snippet of a brand new scene this morning for the Conscious Writer Brain to jot down for later use.

Work continues as ever. More phone calls. More shuffling of people from classes with too few students into classes with just about enough students. My timetable is, at last, looking a bit healthier, with about 6 classes of 8 or more students. That will leave me 2 classes short, but people are still enquiring, so it's likely there will be sufficient in the end and those classes will just start a bit late.

Of course next week is the week when I stand there with a list of 10 names and only 7 bodies actually turn up.

Oh, the joys and delights of a new academic year!
Tags: a necessary evil, writing progress

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