The Writer's Desk

Writing, publishing & marketing notes from Jamie DeBree & her alter egos

June 17, 2013: THHG, English Breakfast & Plotting

Writing Session 1: THHG
Author/Genre: JD/rom suspense
Words written:  335
Total Words:  31,815
Time Spent:  15 minutes (break)

Notes: Dang it. *Now* the real story finally comes out…and it means the major revisions I’ve been dreading are a definite must. Fortunately, after I plug the *real* plot in, the whole story will make a lot more sense, but it’s going to entail a lot of work. It’s days like these that I wish I were a plotter…but had I known all this in the beginning, there would have been no reason to write it down. Writing is all about the discovery for me – but normally, I don’t have to wait this long to find the “real plot”. Here’s hoping this book is an anomaly… *sigh* 

Writing Session 2: THHG
Author/Genre: JD/rom suspense
Words written:  226
Total Words:  32,041
Time Spent:  15 minutes (break)

Notes: Yep, we have a real plot now. One in desperate need of layering. Crap. I need to make some serious revision notes tonight so I can plan out how to fix this mess sooner rather than later. At least the last 20k words or so shouldn’t need too much work, now that I know what the heck I’m doing…or rather, what my characters are doing. *eyeroll*

Writing Session 3: English Breakfast
Author/Genre: JD/rom suspense
Words written:  345
Total Words:  8,306
Time Spent:  30 minutes (after work)

Notes: I know where this should go, but my way of getting it there isn’t really working. Might have to revise this scene a bit when I continue with it…it’s too choppy and disjointed the way it is now. Part of that is Patrick’s fault…the guy is just weird. I need to make sense of him before I go much farther, just because he’s hard to read all around. 

Something I’ve noticed from keeping this log – the only late nights I really do well with for writing are Friday nights. Most of the rest of the week I’m either too tired, or plotting, or doing blog posts (that doesn’t get recorded here), or just too lazy. So I think for this next week, I’m going to try and do the bulk of my writing in the after work sessions, and use my late nights for…plotting, mind-mapping and generally keeping track of storylines. Because I don’t plot ahead of time (and doing so kills the story for me), it seems reasonable to keep track of the plot as I go – and using mind-maps for that will give me a better overview of the whole story as it’s taking shape than the text notes per scene I currently use now. I can do that late at night by referring to what I wrote that day, and my notes from these logs. 

We’ll see how it works…and if I get behind, obviously I’ll need to pull some late-night writing sessions just to catch up/meet deadlines. But it’s worth a try, anyways. Especially if it saves me from continuity snafu’s and issues like I’m having with THHG.

I just spent the last 1.5 hours putting together a mind-map of THHG with the new plot information I have…and it’s not quite done, but close (I’d show you, but there are spoilers by the dozen). It’s a ton of work to do this after the fact, but so far, definitely worth it, as I’m seeing holes and other issues that I didn’t take into account before, aside from the needed revisions. Ugh, but cool, I suppose.

Now it’s 12:30am, and I’m off to read a comic book or two, finish a short story and head to bed. Hopefully tomorrow will be as productive as today was…

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