When last we blogged about our fated book, Project Demo, we were in the Slough of Despond. So today I anticipated my faithful blog readers might be in need of a writing update with some good cheer.
Lately, I've been working through my second draft. I don't believe I've ever written such a rough rough draft, so I've been following the main plot line through, deleting scenes, rewriting scenes, and adding scenes. I'm giving myself permission to skim over anything I don't fully understand at the moment. If I can finish with a coherent single plot, I'll use my third draft to flesh out characters and subplots.
But it's been a lot of work, and it still has a long way to go. So when Karen, at Musings of a Novelista, blogged at the end of February about Operation 50/50, I knew I had to get on board. Her plan? 50 scenes in 50 days, beginning on the 24th of February, ending on April 15th (apparently she's an accountant's daughter, go figure).
Operation 50/50 has been perfect for me. As 2/3s of my scenes are already written, it's not such a challenge to revise a new scene every day. But that also includes writing new scenes, and planning what's going to happen next (which is still pretty hazy in this rough draft of mine!). But every morning I get up, knowing I need to produce a scene by the end of the day. It's been a great impetus to get on with it. And even though it's just scene by scene, I've been amazed at how quickly Project Demo is growing into a real book.
I'm just under halfway through this draft, and beginning to chug ahead (this past week I did two extra scenes!).
How are all of your projects (writing and otherwise) going?