Monday, September 28, 2009

Pacing woes

I got to 35,000 words on Bell-Men last night, mostly by reminding myself that Nano is coming up really soon and I want to finish this project before then. I'm aiming for 80,000 words minimum, so I'm almost halfway through the book.

So why does it feel like I'm not very far in? I read over the whole book so far yesterday, and the pacing seems all right. I just feel like I'm still waiting for the plot to bust open so it can really move forward, but almost halfway through and that hasn't happened.

Which tells me that I'm either not halfway through--and 90,000 words would be a good length, too, which would make me only about a third of the way through--or I've got a real problem with my plot and/or pacing. For now, I guess the only thing I can do is smash my way through to the end of this draft and try and fix it on the rewrite.

Of course, I'm a writer who gets very impatient with even 1,000 words of not-much-happening, and I just had to write several thousand words of (essentially) exposition. Today I'll be writing an argument between Cam and Thomas, Cam's going to talk to the bad guy's family and steal something of his from them (and angst over it), and then, thank goodness, in the story timeline it'll be the dark of the moon and I can finally get Cam into the bell-men's world again, this time semi-permanently. And then the plot will bust open like a pinata. I hope.

10 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

Still, it sounds like it is progressing nicely, despite your worries.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Mmm...candy filled plot : )

Aaron Polson said...

This is why editing exists.

Keep writing. Everything can be fixed, but only when something exists to be fixed.

Carrie Harris said...

Yep, I second what Aaron said.

This is why he has a fan club, after all.

Cate Gardner said...

And I, of course, agree with Aaron too. :D

K.C. Shaw said...

Jamie--I don't know about the nicely, but at least it's progressing.

Natalie--I wonder if I could stuff a pinata with ice cream. Maybe ice cream sandwiches. :)

Aaron--Exactly. Although I think the first editing pass is going to be a doozy.

Carrie--That's why I joined his fan club, too. :)

Cate--If you didn't, would you have to disband the fan club? :)

Danielle Ferries said...

I need some of your discipline at the moment. I'm way behind in getting done what I wanted before NaNo starts. Can feel the panic setting in...

K.C. Shaw said...

I can feel the panic too. I have not the least idea what to do with Nano this year, and I'm going to need a few weeks to prepare.

Lertulo said...

Sequel.

K.C. Shaw said...

lol