Been plotting for the past two weeks, so no further with word count, but I've got a better structured plot, and a load of actually viable scenes that don't leave me so stumped and uninspired I start to wonder how to get a character from one side of the road to another (this happened - I seem to experience a weird response to a lack of plot where, rather than making leaps, my imagination breaks every action down into minute detail).
All because of the simple question, "what happens if they don't get it?".
At this rate, I'll have a scrappy, overlong first draft, and a good plan for the second by August.
Two articles grabbed my attention this week: this, on writing every day. "A true writer writes every day". "Find time for yourself, even if it's ten minutes, and write." Yeah well, sod that. This post calls those sort of platitudes out, and I love it:
To write every damn day means that we never fall ill, or have an impromptu date night, or sleep in, or have kids or family need our attention. To write every day, the rest of life must take a back seat, no matter how full and interesting it becomes.
Preach it, sister. (Small voice: though I suspect writers are not meant to have lives.)
The other article was this one about plot without conflict. I'm not sure I agree with the argument (the interpretation of "conflict" is too literal and a little too easily applied to this thing "the West"), but the concept of kishōtenketsu is an interesting one. The prefernce of a "twist" over "conflict" reminded me of how Film Crit Hulk describes story development.
I wonder how it works in narratives longer than a four-panel cartoon. Comic fans, can you shed any light?
Word count this week: 0 First draft: 128,661