I did some work on the novel this morning before work. Came up with a pretty great scene that takes place largely before the point at which I started my narrative.
I knew that scene was there, all along. Skulking in the shadows.
The problem–as is always the problem with coming up with new beginnings halfway through–is that it wouldn’t necessarily fit with the current narrative structure. It would require moving things there over here, replacing that with this and so on, and so on… But I think it’d work far better.
Writing, am I right?
Must he retreat into mysticism, Or locate the base and climb? Surmount all obstacles. Progress.
So this is a little celebratory post* for myself because…
Just hit 10,000 words on my current WIP which I shall name – OPERATION MEZZANINE.
It is named for the Massive Attack album which I first listened to on the day I began writing this draft (March 19th). And also my girlfriend’s cluttered mezzanine where I hope to one day craft an office space… if she’ll let me.
During this whole quarantine period it’s been nice to have something to work on that’s long and can distract me for long periods of time. Plus I’m always thinking about it in the back of my mind.
This is my third? or maybe fourth? first novel draft I’ve written. The others were very bad and very unworthy of being read. And that’s okay. But I’m feeling good about this one.
Even if it doesn’t go anywhere I’m making it as weird and personal as I can which should be a lesson I’ll try to keep putting into practice Post-Quarantine.
(*I told myself I’d post on here at least once a week last month but so far I’ve been negligent, however, I have lots of *actual* fiction writing done. Which is a good trade off. )