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January 25, 2009 in Fantasy, Novel, On Writing by pacejmiller

sword-fightToday I finished my first action sequence!  Of course, it also meant that I’ve fallen further behind in my already insurmountable readings.

After literally years of procrastination and months upon months of planning, I finally feel like my fantasy novel has gotten off the ground and onto some type of track.  Yes, I’m only about one-tenth through the plot (if that) and unsure as ever about how good the writing is, how my characters are developing, whether I’m using too much dialogue, etc etc – and on top of that it’s just the first draft, so I know the real hard work has yet to start.  But for now, I’m happy.

To give myself a chance of finishing before I have to return to the dreaded life of full-time work (kill me now), I have to keep to my target of at least 10,000 words a week.  I’m glad to say that in the first week since setting this goal, it’s so far, so good.  I’ve had a couple of mammoth days, but I’ve also stuck to the rule of writing at least a little bit a day.

My primary concern right now is the progression of the plot – yes, I am pumping out a lot of words, but it just feels like things aren’t moving as fast as I would like.  I’m worried it will turn into a massive, slow-moving bible. 

Nevertheless, my protagonist has finally had his first sword fight – hopefully the first of many to come!

PS: just thought I would share this article about the benefits of blogging on writing – which a friend (who happened to introduce me to blog writing) was kind enough to share with me today.