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I've reached that point in my first draft where the story is getting bogged down and going in a million directions at once and I'm not sure which way it ought to go, or if what I have outlined for the middle and end is right for the story. Certainly, a lot of the "directions" it wants to go in would involve scrapping the later planned scenes (oh, hell, I'm a pantser, who am I kidding? "Outline"? It's just an empty golden idol there to appease the story gods).

This is the point writers start getting frustrated and want to give up, and you need to keep going until you figure out what the story is really all about and the best way to tell it. Then you will see how to cut the crap out.

So, with that in mind, I am going to start a little accountability journaling.

Working title: The Girl From Venus
Planned (cough) # of chapters: 27
Planned date of first draft completion: Jan 31st, 2016
Current chapter: 10
This week's goal: Finish chapter 10
This month's goal: Get at least part way into chapter 14.


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Nov. 3rd, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
Believe me, my title is the most generic title I could have. It tells you nothing about the story. Usually, I will base my title on the main theme of the story. & I will, as soon as I figure out what the main thing is.
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Nov. 4th, 2015 03:41 am (UTC)
I think it's tradition to give science fiction stories simple basic titles: who does what where, because the who and the what and the where are so strange those titles still stand out.
Nov. 3rd, 2015 06:25 am (UTC)
good luck and you're so right. We all have that moment in almost every story
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