October 30, 2013

#MobNov October Update

There’s just no easy way to say this. My iPhone novel writing project is struggling. The story’s almost done and there’s just the endgame left, which adds up to a couple of thousand words or so, but the manuscript is way too short. As I’ve said before, writing in such short spurts completely changed the pace of my writing, and I’ve already re-outlined the novel twice, to no avail.

The past few days I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time each day to mull over what I’m going to do about this. True to the project, I’ve tried not to spend too much time. It has to be reasonable.

This is the new plan:

  • Insert the new scenes and character earlier in the story. This is usually not a good idea when writing, but I need these elements to proceed.
  • Add a parallell storyline, the one I scrapped because I thought it’d push the novel over 100,000 words. Yeah, that was quite a miscalculation.
  • Update the outline properly. I’ll most likely do this on paper, that’s how definite this thing’ll be.
  • Get back into the 300 words daily mindset, because these issues have left me scattered and unfocused.

That’s about it. I might change writing app as well, because Byword, which I’ve used thus far, have had quite a few issues with iOS 7. We’ll see, more on that in a later article series for this site.

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