Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Change of Plans

So, lately, I've been in kind of a writing slump. I've barely written anything in weeks on my current WIP and the deadline for writing 25,000-50,000 words by October 31st is fast approaching-



And I had absolutely no idea what to do.




I've tried outlining, but I have no idea what happens next after chapter one and, obviously, that's a problem, so, for now, I've put that story aside (after much agonizing, mind you) until I can figure out what happens next, but I was also feeling super guilty about giving up on yet another deadline and disappointing myself and especially my wonderful critique partners, who have been such a big support throughout this whole process! So, instead of scrapping my deadline altogether, I've decided instead to revise it!




Some of you might not remember my WIP from forever ago, a modern-day retelling of Hansel and Gretel called Devour (whose gorgeous cover, created by my uber-talented critique partner Bethany, is pictured in this post and on the blog!), but it was a book I outlined and obsessed over for months until...


My enthusiasm, like it so often does, ran out.




Fast forward to a few days ago, it had been months since I'd touched the project, but for some reason, it once again began invading my thoughts and that's when I realized: this book has an outline, this book is only four chapters away from reaching The End, this book I could have a chance at actually finishing!




And so, that was when my new, revised goal was born:




Write the last four chapters of Devour in 15 days (October 17-31)!




So that means I'll write a chapter a day, giving myself a few extra days in case I hit a snag and that means, if everything goes well, I'll have a finished book by Halloween! Probably not 25,000-50,000 words long, but that's OK, it'll be finished nonetheless and that's what's important! I'll save the word count worries for NaNoWriMo in November! :)




So, before writing this post I decided to get this thing off to a good start before I talked myself out of it and I finished writing the first chapter out of the four that I have left to write, yay! It's no masterpiece, by any means, but it's a start! :)




~Ella



1 comment:

Bethany Mattingly said...

YAY!!! *clapping enthusiastically* Good Luck Ella!