WIP: Much Development


Again I started my day with lots of driving, taking my wife one way and daughter another. Then some work done. Then more driving. Spent time with wife. A little more work. Then off to run a poker tournament.

I did not do a good job of maximizing my writing time.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] A while ago, I mapped out schedules for for plausibly writing books of various lengths in certain time frames. I created plausible plans for writing a novelette (10,000 – 19,999 words) in a single day, a novella (20,000 – 39,999 words) in two and three days, and full-blown novels (40,000+ words) in ranges from three days to a week. Plausible, as in, “can be done”. However, all of those plans limit the development work to a handful of hours (or done beforehand). And Sunday was the third straight day of just development.

I might be in trouble.

But, even if I am, I think it was worth it. The plotting development I’ve done makes the whole thing make sense, and I could have worked it out as I went along, but I don’t think that would have turned out as neat as it currently is, and anyway that process tends (for me) to create inconsistent details and a beginning with a different style than the end. The setting development I’ve done has created a much more detailed and consistent playground for my characters than I’m sure I could have achieved if I had rushed into the writing. The humor and subplot progression is complete and interesting in a way I would likely have been unable to produce without a plan. The characters are more rounded and occupied than I think they would have been otherwise. And my research on Comicon itself has made the story much stronger (I hope). So, although I am way behind, I am happy that I have done this development. Even if it means not having the book complete by Comicon (that is, this year’s Comicon).

Of course, I’m still going to try to do that, and I think I can do it if I can find a way to get the writing hours in. I’m aiming for this book to be 48,000+ words. If I can write at 1000 words per hour, that’s 3 x 16-hour days. If I can do 1200 words per hour, that’s 3 x 13-hour days. Can I do that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday? Maybe. The development makes the writing go faster, and I think it’s at a point now where I can comfortably begin.

I’m going to try my best.