Hello faithful blog-friends,
After a wee bout of NaNo word-count envy yesterday, I had to give myself a good talking to about realistic expectations.
‘Self’, I said. ‘Comparisons are rarely constructive. Stop looking at other people’s word counts. These people are apples. You are an orange (or perhaps a kiwifruit). You need to love your word count just as it is.’
Seemed reasonable, so a gentle run at the WIP tonight. I’ve picked up Josiah’s POV again, although it’s been strange writing in first person. I’ve been seeing cracks in the plot due to major pantsing issues, but instead of editing or rewriting, I’ve just left lots of notes to go back and change or add in details later. It’s strangely liberating, and the story seems to be progressing well.
Today’s word count: 786. Total word count: 10,793.
Raewyn (I prefer raspberries…)
Postscript: After puddling around on the internet I’ve found writers tend to use a wide range of spellings to cover the term pantster (or pantser) – which is generally accepted to mean writing by the seat of ones pants, making up the story as you go along, or writing without a plan. The same seems to be true of the verb: pantsting / pantsing…