Friday, 19 March 2010

A new beginning

As you may know I started a new project last week (CT) and as of last night I was 3,500 words into it. It was coming along okay but only that. It was okay. I wasn't terribly happy with it. However after much thought I believe that I have come up with a much better start. So in a few minutes time I'll be holding down the delete button and starting afresh. It means that I'm a week behind on the word count target that I set myself - well 9 days to be exact - but I'm hoping to pick that up in the next fifty and a half weeks.
So here goes.


Anonymous said...

Sometimes you only find the beginning a few pages in. But am sure the part that you had written has given you an insight into the character/setting you didn't have before. You'll be speeding through that word count before you know it.

Best of luck,

Suzanne Jones said...

Oh no, please don't press delete - save it to a 'CT cut scenes' folder. It will be much better than you think it is and you might be able to reuse some of it later.


Colette McCormick said...

That is so true anon. What I hah already written told me about the character it was just that I didn't feel like I had introduced her properly.
Okay Suzanne, I won't delete.

Amanda said...

So glad you didn't delete, Colette - Suzanne is so right - never delete anything! Good luck with your project! x

Flowerpot said...

No don't press delete Colette - please!

Debs said...

I'm pretty much where you are with my WIP and it's a little like wading through mud at the moment, but do keep going. It can all be changed in the next draft - or at least that's what I tell myself!

Joanne Fox said...

A 'cut scenes' folder is a really good idea. I usually end up with several versions of things on the computer because I don't like to delete scenes completely, just in case I find a use for them later.

Jarmara Falconer said...

I started three or four times before I made any headway with my novel and now I'm now 33k words closer to finishing my first draft.

Good luck with yours, Colette

Colette McCormick said...

Amanda and FP - I can confirm that I didn't delete and I am glad that I didn't though I did rip up the very original version that was written in long hand.
Oh Debs that mud is a nightmare but that's the good thing about the draft stage - things can always be changed.
Joanne - I think that I'll keep the cut scenes until the whole thing is finished and then I might get rid of them or maybe move them to a different folder to use on something else.
Good luck with the book Jarmara - what's your target length?