#ROW80: Going quite nicely, thank you, but where?

Good news and bad news!

First the good news: I said I’d write four pages (about a thousand words) a day this round. I’m averaging much more than that. Yesterday, I wrote over three thousand, in fact. So it’s been a good week.

Now the bad news: I have all of these words written (and not rewritten) and I have no clue where all of it is leading me. I can see where a lot of what I’ve written could be little more than backstory that doesn’t end up as part of the finished product. It kind of reminds me of the story of Pablo Picasso (or another sculptor, but Picasso is the name I remember) being asked how he would sculpt a horse, to which he replied, “take a block of wood and cut away everything that doesn’t look like a horse.” Problem was, when Picasso did that, his end product didn’t look much like a horse, either…

That’s really the point I’m at now; I’m hacking away and have no idea what the finished product is going to look like. Still, I have a character that I really like (I may have mentioned Blake) and I’m having a ball getting to know him and the people in his life. Maybe by next round (the round that includes NaNoWriMo) I’ll have some idea of what I’m writing (novel? several novellas (novellae)? collection of short stories?) and I’ll be ready to write it. But for the time being, I’m having fun.

Hope you’re having fun, too, and that you’re progressing on your goals. Have a good week!

5 thoughts on “#ROW80: Going quite nicely, thank you, but where?

  1. Having fun with words and creation of new characters is no bad thing. Sometimes it’s through trial and error that we come up with the best thoughts. Enjoy the experience for a while and give your muse time to play.

    However, I would also start taking an account of this writing and see what pieces you seem to be developing. I would start looking for threads and possible directions. Look for nuggets and areas you’d like to pursue more…. Even if you are playing, it doesn’t mean you can’t also be plotting some rules for the new game so you can share it with others. đŸ˜€

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    1. I’m still playing and having fun, and a story is emerging. And I’m noticing things that I hadn’t seen before. That makes it even more fun.

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      1. Not surprising! The way a story can “wake you up” when you give the characters free reign… If you don’t have a deadline or a publication goal, maybe the best writing is that meandering type. You find out a lot.

        Glad you’re enjoying the experience, John.

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  2. LOL, I really love that quote!

    If you’re having fun with it, I think going with the flow sounds like the best plan. Something will come out of it, I’m sure.

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