I made excellent strides yesterday filling in some small gaps and making one particular scene expansion (to the tune of about 750ish new words). I really feel like I have a better handle on how to make this whole story more coherent and tied together from beginning to end. And of course naturally, I have the inclination to go back and fill in those holes of the new scenes I have planned , all in an attempt to avoid the trials.
One of them is a potential love scene, and we all know how much I hate to write those. Maybe the trials will turn out to be the less aversive…
That aside, Monday is Labor Day, which means I’m off work. Hubby has to work as usual (being an EMS dispatcher, he never gets holidays off unless they happen to fall on his regular day off), so I am setting myself the task of getting up Monday morning, and after making myself conscious, totally unplugging from the interwebs for the day (at least until hubby gets home at 3), and doing a huge push to rough out the bloody trials. I don’t expect to get it all down or get it perfect, but if I can do a very rough, fast draft sort of version, it would give me something to work with and allow me to move forward. I’m so freaking close to the end! I figure it’s now or never. There are too many distractions at work–keeping one ear open for boss, having to stop often to do real work, the internet (which is a lovely T1 connection that I can’t turn off), people stopping by, noise–but at home, if I can truly buckle down, then I think I stand a good shot at figuring something out. At least something that will work for the first draft.
So that’s it. That’s the plan. I hereby tell it to the world that I may be held accountable! Because, really, even though I told Pot she was free to hit me if I started procrastinating and going back to write those new scenes first, she’s going to have a hard time reaching me from East Tennessee.
In other news, I’m sitting here with a deficit of about 1700 words left to write this week. Tonight hubby has band practice, so it’s more quiet. I’m hoping for a solid 1 k for the day. It’s ambitious, I know. But that leaves me with just 700 words left to write. And I can stretch those over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Novel Push Initiative starts on Saturday, and I’m not quite sure how that’s going to fit into my normal no writing weekends, but since I’m a newb at this particular challenge, they’ve set me at 250 words. I can do that. I’d also like to spend some time between now and then making a list of elements to include in the trials so that when I sit down on Monday, I’m not staring at a blank screen going “duuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhrrrr”.
Wish me luck!