It’s my fifth milestone of my Operation 50/50. It’s really going by fast! Only two more weeks to go. I’m seeing a sliver of light in my tunnel where I’m still tackling 50 scenes in 50 days.
At least in theory anyway, ha.
This past week? Sigh. Just a little shade of crazy. Worked three 14-hour days in a row trying to get a software project finished and I was working on about 4-5 hours of sleep. So this week’s scenes suffered a bit.
But then I remember this was NOT a stressful writing challenge. My main goal was to “expose” myself to my manuscript on a daily basis.
So I did a little of what I call “set direction” — making notes on what I want to happen in each scene. My writer friend Laura Pauling helped me out with some of her Fabulous Plot Posts. I also got some revision and draft dialogue done.
Hey, it was better than nothing, Dude.
How did it all end?
Wrote dialogue for scenes 28-32.
Revised scenes 32-34.
Got a chance to do my type-in from last week’s longhand so I have two milestone updates:
Total from last week’s Milestone #4: 7822
Total for this week’s Milestone #5: 894
Total for Operation 50/50: 18,445 words
The things I learned this week:
Other than appreciating the priceless gift of sleep, I learned something about my “set direction.” I noticed that there was either too much going on or not enough tension. For the scenes where there was too much “excitement,” I’ve decided that maybe I should break those out into smaller moments/scenes. And then where there was nothing going on, trying to figure out a way to create tension. For me, I think scenes are most effective when they are focused on one particular desire and/or tension point.
Any of you tackling your own Operation 50/50? What was your progress this week? Other writers, do you try to identify a focal point for a scene or chapter while writing draft or do you work on that during revision? How important do you think it is to be able to identify the focus?