Hello, and welcome to this week’s #WiPWednesday post! #WiPWednesday is a weekly meme started by Brigid Gorry-Hines from Wordfare. Every Wednesday, I’m supposed to post an update about my WiP (Work in Progress), including word count and where I’m at in writing/revising it. Hopefully, doing this meme will keep me motivated to continue working on my WiP.
So let’s get started! I’ll try to fill out these categories as best as I can.
WIP: The L.S. M.S.
Writing or Revising?
Still revising. (Writing is a lot more fun than revising, IMO.)
Current Word Count: 99, 487
A little less than it was since the last check-in.
How It’s Going:
I’m trying to focus more on the worldbuilding and the plot right now, so I’ve printed out a few worldbuilding worksheets and outlines of things I need to fix. I’ve also made a list of a plot skeleton and where certain things should happen in the book as a guideline for how to patch up the plot.
I’m worried the plot is something I can’t save, but I don’t know how rational of a fear that is. My plan is to write a blurb for my story as if it were a book on the shelf so I can figure out what the basis of my story originally was, and just go from there. I’ll change it if the story needs to be changed, but I have a feeling going back to the roots could help in this case.
I’m trying to stay optimistic, and hoping it’s just a phase I’ll get over soon. This is the farthest into the drafting process I’ve ever gotten with any of my stories before, and, while it’s a huge accomplishment, it means I’m new to all of this, and it’s a little overwhelming. There’s so much to fix, and I’m just hoping I love the story enough to stick with it.
Unfortunately, as far as improving both plot and worldbuilding goes, the rest is pretty much brainstorming, which means I actually have to think things through logically. These problems can’t just be addressed simply with Yes/No questions. I is just not happening right now. I’m going to try my best to do so, though. Maybe reading some more will help me get some ideas and give me some examples, although I’ve been reading a lot more than I’ve been writing lately.
I’ve also cut a few scenes in favor of replacing them with the new ones I wrote. I don’t know why, but doing so makes me feel better.
Now I have to figure out which new scenes will go where, which is harder than it sounds. I might have to cut a few of the new scenes, too, once I figure out whether or not they’re relevant to the plot. (But I won’t know if they are for sure until I’ve figured out what the plot is. AGGGHHH.)
Goal for Next Week:
I’ve finished typing up chapter summaries, so my new goal is to fix those plot and worldbuilding issues (especially the former, so I can start cutting scenes). I’m hoping it won’t take me too long to get there.