On my third draft, I'm realizing chapter 3 sucks. I mean, it doesn't even contain the main character it's referencing. I am sitting in a suite in the Blue Chip Casino on the 4th floor, the memorial tournament is on in the background, Bubba Watson is leading, and my wife is napping. I decide chapter 3 must go, and I start decide now is the time I start it. The best way I know to make sure my antagonist is in chapter 3 is to start the chapter with his name and go from there. Cool, one word down, 1,999 more to go before I can think about stopping.
I continue writing, though there are many distractions. My dad calls and wants me to come down and have coffee with him. Cool, take a break for an hour and meet with him. After all, isn't spending time with loved ones what life is all about?
An hour later, I get back at it. My wife wakes up and wants food. I go down and grab her something, and grab myself a fruit salad and chef salad. I eat about half of both. Back to writing...
After I knocked out 2,000 words or so on it, I'm much happier. I'll read what I wrote tonight after dinner just to make sure it says what I intend, then it will be the new chapter 3.
Not much from the old chapter 3 is really salvageable, except for maybe a few engineering details. I think I'll keep them, because I like how that part flowed.
Nice. Progress. I like it. Onward. I need to get draft three in the Mac no later than end of June. Then, onto draft 4.
I need to get this whole novel in shape by September when my writing class starts back up. I want to see how good I made this before showing it to the professionals. Hope to have it in shape enough to take a month break in November for NaNoWriMo. Need to knock out another rough draft for my series I'm working on. Wish I new how to write faster. Maybe that will