I’ve just found a fatal flaw in my plan for writing lots and lots of words a month (I personally think 12,000 is a lot). By trying to make this total, I spend all my time writing, whereas I think maybe I should spend some time editing. I should be going back and reading things I have written a few days later to check the spelling, punctuation etc etc. Also re reading and improving it. I think next month’s word count will have to be reduced so I can edit too.
I decided I was just going to write today for 5 mins. That 5 mins turned into about an hour and 900+ words. I’m quite happy about that. Quite a good start to a story. Or middle bit to a story.
My writing course tutor said (about assignment 1) that my observation skills were very good. But when writing I feel like I don’t do enough to describe things – rooms, people, actions. So, my plan for next week is to start improving this. I’m going to go to a coffee shop/park/somewhere and write down as many details about what I see as possible. The first thing I did for the writing course was to describe a person and scene I’d been at. I choose the tube cause I’m there twice a day and was reasonably happy with the results. That however was three months ago so next week I’ll go somewhere else and do it again.
I quite like the idea of going to a coffee shop and writing down everything I see (mainly about the room, but also the staff and customers), then challenging myself to go back a few days later and find more details than I had found before. Then a few days later, each time trying to get more and more detail. I stole this idea off the writer I was just writing about who does that. In my scene she was going back to a coffee shop to find more detail than the previous time she’d been there.
I’ve recently realised that although my idea for ‘holiday’ is brilliant (so I think), I don’t have enough sub plots going on, I have the main story and that’s all. I need to spend some time thinking about what else could be happening. I think this might come when I do the full character analysis’. I hope. I did think that maybe they would just come up as I wrote, but I really want to do this properly and have a plan before I start. Or before I get much further anyway.