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DraftTwoWriMo, Day 2

Day two of my DraftTwoWriMo, and I've already gone over my maximum scene word limit on a particular scene, but it is what it is: marathon writing doesn't give you the luxury of going back and cutting something down just to keep it under a word limit. I can edit it later, or "buy" words from scenes that come in under their limit.

Today I scrabbled around for bits and pieces that were already written. The ultimate goal of this marathon is to fit them into the second draft like puzzle pieces and fill in the gaps with new writing.


Sep. 24th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
I'm curious, why are you assigning word limits to scenes? Granted, some scenes can get overly long if you let them.
Sep. 24th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Because my goal is to finish all the chapters, not aim for a certain word count. If I just said, like in Nano, "My goal is X,000 words," I could get to that count with only half the chapters, if I let myself, and the draft would only be half done.

By limiting the word count, I don't add in paragraphs of crap that really don't belong. I am forced to focus on what really belongs in a chapter, then move on to the next chapter.

I'm not going to flog myself with a wet noodle if a chapter goes over the count before I declare it "finished," but so far, it is helping me write and move on.
Sep. 24th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
fair enough. I was mostly asking because I have a couple in a writer's group who obsess over having all the chapters exactly the same length and it's like, that doesn't really matter. (unless we start getting into those 10K chapters and it's like, hmmm can we break this?)
Sep. 24th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't obsess over that in a draft.

Or really at any point. I've seen plenty of novels with short and long chapters, it just depends on how the scenes that make them up play out.
Sep. 25th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
exactly. I'm not sure why the obsession or why it's more than one person with it...
Sep. 25th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
Maybe they don't read a lot, and are under some mistaken impression about fiction?
Sep. 25th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
I think in this case it's more they've been to too many writers workshops/classes and either got bad info or misconstrued it
Sep. 25th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
One reason I avoid groups and workshops just for the sake of groups and workshops. I go to the ones that teach specific things I want to know, but one thing I have learned about writing - there are so-called "experts" hanging shingles out everywhere, and most of what they say contradicts each other.
Sep. 25th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
this is true