#WIPWednesday is my own weekly meme for discussing how my WIP is going. Anyone is free to join!
WIP: I Chose the Monster
Writing or Revising: Revising
Progress Since Last Week: Finished the outline of my first draft. Did a couple pages of brainstorming. Unfortunately, I did not get any editing done.
How It’s Going:
Well, I think that about sums it up!
But seriously––I’m in a bit of a panic. Remember last week when I said editing was going okay and that I felt fairly confident I could get it done? HAHA, FORGET THAT. I have no idea what I’m doing.
After editing the first few chapters, I started to have serious doubts. The pacing is weird. The characters aren’t interesting. The world-building is practically non-existent. The plot is repetitive and there’s still not much of a central conflict. There is so much to fix, and I don’t even know where to start.
*Takes deep breaths* I’m trying not to lose my mind. I know if I worry about everything at once, I’m never going to finish editing. I need to keep reminding myself that I won’t fix everything in the second draft. Or in the third draft, or maybe even the fourth draft. I’m going to need to go through this manuscript over and over again, and each time I can focus my attention on a couple things at a time.
I needed a bit of a break from physically editing, so mostly this week I focused on outlining and brainstorming. I finally finished my outline of all the scenes I wrote in the first draft. It’s eight pages long, which is pretty succinct considering the manuscript is currently like 380 pages. That’s probably a sign that most of the plot is not all that important right now.
As I outlined all the scenes, I also noticed how redundant a lot of them are. The plot seems to follow a formula of: “The characters go to a place. They get attacked! They escape. They go to a new place. They get attacked again!” Errrm so yeah, I need to work on that.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can improve the plot, and in the past week I’ve come up with some ideas that might help. So … I don’t know. I might have to rewrite a good deal of the book after all, but I guess that’s fine with me as long as it makes it better!
Goals For Next Week:
- Edit & send a couple more chapters to critique partners.
- Keep brainstorming for new draft.
- Maybe try rewriting the first chapter or two and see if it works better … ?
#WIPpetWednesday is a meme where writers share snippets of their WIPs. The only rule is that the snippet has to be related to today’s date somehow.
Today is 2/24/16. 24–16=8. So, here is a snippet from Chapter 8 from Part 2 of ICTM.
There’s a searing pain in my forearm as his teeth sink into my skin. I hear a long, piercing scream and I realize it must be coming from me, but it seems to come from somewhere else. It’s all around me, echoing off the walls of the alley.
The explosion of a gunshot cuts off my shriek. At the same time, as I’m staring at the Mort still biting my arm, one side of his head explodes. Dark matter gushes from the wound, and I feel his jaws go slack before he slumps to the ground. I can’t even think or move before there’s another BANG, more wetness splashes against the back of my neck. I hear the Mort behind me let out a choking noise, and her grip on me also loosens as she also falls to the pavement.
I’m finally free, bending over and breathing hard. I clasp a hand around my arm where I’ve been bitten, and I see my own blood spilling out from between my fingers. I can’t even register what’s happening. How did … ? Who … ?
Thanks for joining me for another #WIPWednesday/#WIPpetWednesday!
How about you guys?
- How are your WIPs going? What are your goals for this week?
- If you’ve also posted a WIPpet, please link me to it!