I hope everyone had a great weekend. My weekend was sucked up by three things:
1) Refereeing constantly quarreling children;
2) Trying to fight my way through “The Mauritius Command” by Patrick O’Brian; and
3) Maintaining a one-scene buffer on “True Love’s Last Kiss”.
Everyone has their own little scheduling method, in order to make space for the writing piece in the puzzle called ‘busy life’. When it comes to my own, I research as much as possible during a week, and once their allocated day is here, I sit down at anywhere between 830pm and 9pm and slug out a scene of approximately 1,000 words before midnight.
Today, I discovered a problem with “Achromatic”:
1) Have the beginning? Yes.
2) Know your end goal? Yes.
3) Plenty of interesting stuff to fill in the space between 1) and 2)? Uh…
It’s one of those situations where you realise you have some stuff for the body of the story, but it looks like it’s not enough.
When you don’t seem to have enough stuff to fill the remaining roughly 28,000 words? Then it’s time for some planning.
Apologies for the grainy pic. Taking a picture with your phone (with no flash) at 930pm, with only the kitchen light on, is not recommended. At least have a phone with camera flash; very handy =)
So… Hooray! Chapter 2 is planned out for the most part, and I may have to apologise in advance. In between the actual plot of this chapter is a good chunk of teenage ‘woe is me’, so Undertaker-style eye-rolling may be a distinct possibility.
If the graininess does not stop you seeing them, there are some hints and/or minor spoilers in the pic.
Chapter 2 Scene 1 of “Achromatic” is coming to this site tomorrow night. I hope you drop by to have a look =)
How do you plot your stories? Plan it out well in advance, or go where the zephyrs take you?