I’m starting a new novel. A chapter book, to be precise. To be even more precise, a follow-up to Duck for a Day, whose characters I love altogether too much to leave alone.
When I wrote Duck for a Day, I knew it needed to be around 8000 words (ish). So of course, I wrote 15000. Then I pruned it to 12000. Then I sent it to my long-suffering editor, and she wrote back to me and said, altogether unexpectedly, “I love this, but it really needs to be around 8000 words.”
Eventually, we got there.
This time, I have a plan. A plan to avoid writing way too much and barrelling off in the wrong direction and causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth for both my editor and myself.
A plan to make a plan.
I’m not a planner, generally. I like to just get writing and see where I end up. And that’s not going to change. But this time I’m going to at least attempt to rein in my rampant overwriting by setting off with some sort of outline and a general word count firmly in the front of my mind. There’s a handy little program called Scrivener, now in Beta for Windows (yay!) which is going to help me in this quest.
A couple of months back before everything got crazy around here with revisions for Surface Tension and insanely deadlined copyediting jobs, I began my planning for Duck #2 (*title may change). So this morning, it was with great confidence that I opened the document optimistically entitled “DuckPlan”. I had a day before me. I had a plan behind me. I could write Chapter 1, couldn’t I? I could get it done. 800 words? Easy.
What was it about again, Chapter 1? Let’s see what the plan says. Ah yes, here it is:
chapter 1 the thing happens with the ting
Good grief. Can anyone clarify?
I suspect ‘ting’ is a typo. Which means that my plan for Chapter 1 consists of “The thing happens with the thing”.
It’s a start, right?