I know, I know, I said I’d be posting more often but life has been INSANE lately, y’all. Super busy with contracting work, trying to squeeze in as much writing as time will allow, and taking care of domestic duties. I’m not giving up on my blogs, though! Promise! So, just for all you lovely readers, here’s a post about what I’ve been up to lately.
I’ve been writing. I haven’t been writing a lot, but a new work-flow challenge I’ve set myself means that I’m really knocking things out on a WIP manuscript and things are going really well.
What has been enabling this productivity? Setting word count goals for myself. I don’t mean the kind where you write such and such amount in a day. I mean word count goals as they relate to chapters.
I’ve always been a rambling sort of writer in that my chapters tend to be long with multiple scenes within. I’ve had this new story idea clamoring to get out of my head (and yes, I’m still working on TFN3, but this story isn’t it) and I really wanted the pace of the story to read more quickly (like a serial or something you’d find on Wattpad). In order to give it that feeling, I set a strict(ish) 2,000 word limit per chapter. Now, I do give myself some leeway. Anything between 1800 and 2200 words is acceptable. So, within that range, I’ve been giving myself a word count goal.
I typically, on a good writing day, will average about 2,000 words.
Ah-hah! You’re seeing why this is so awesome, aren’t you? This chapter word count goal means that I can get an entire chapter done in one writing session. This is EPIC. It makes me feel like I’m able to keep the story straight in my head. It makes it easier to write chapter synopses in Scrivener. It allows me to progress with the story and get to a good stopping place before stepping away for the day. It makes the first drafting process feel like it is going so much smoother than before.
I. Love. It. I am really enjoying these shorter, scene-like chapters. If you have been looking for a way to jazz up your writing, I encourage you to try this method out. It may not work for you, but then again, it could be AWESOME for you. I was inspired to do this by David Alastair Hayden. It has been such a thrill to write in this way and has really enabled me to stay on-task, motivated, and excited about my work.
Give it a shot! Ever tried this shorter-scene-type work for your own manuscripts? I’d love to hear about your experience!