What is 2884 you ask? It’s the number of words I wrote this morning! After a month-long case of writer’s block, that number means more to me than a great amount. It means I’m me again. It signifies the end of my muse hiding and the restart of what I think is a great story.
A couple of days ago I replotted my fantasy trilogy. There was a lot that stayed the same but there were enough changes from the original to make me start over. I didn’t ditch everything I’ve written on it, but some of the work has to go.
The way I decided to handle it was I started a new Scrivener file. I didn’t move anything over from the original. Instead I’m writing what I need to as if I’d already made the necessary changes. If there is a scene already written that I’m not cutting then I just leave a blank scene card and keep going. I can copy and paste anytime. Since I’ve previously written over 50,000 words on this story, it would definitely take too much time away from actual writing. I don’t want the grunt work to interfere with the creative process.
It’s also a great way to see my progress since I’ve jumped the writer’s block hurdle. Watching the target bar rising in Scrivener helps my poor bruised writing ego recover from muse abuse.
I hope to get more work done today but even if I don’t I’m happy. My goal was 1600 and I blew past that in the first hour (1703). Even with bathroom breaks and stopping for lunch I managed to do far better than I thought I would before back pain forced me to stop. I feel super encouraged and plan to keep meeting/blasting past my goal every day I’m able to write.
I’ll post another update soon. For now, I have stuff to make up!