My main creative achievement for this week has been a new opening scene for project WIP. Not precisely what I was planning to do, but fun nonetheless.
It came about because I was writing some notes about the middle of the book, sharpening objectives, motivations, stakes and so forth, trying to figure out where and how to start revising, when it became apparent I need a greater understanding about the WHY of certain events that happen very early on.
Part of this relates to one of my two main characters. He wasn’t originally going to be a point-of-view character, but about a third of the way through the first draft I changed my mind. Turns out it’s as much his story as anyone’s… And this means I need to know a whole lot more about him from the start.
The best way of finding out is to write at least one early scene from his point-of-view. What were his goals before his life was turned upside down? What was his status quo?
I had been contemplating writing an earlier ‘status quo’ scene from my main protagonist as well. And suddenly the two scenes I needed to write materialised before me. Two new scenes to kick everything off.
This brainstorming all happened in the café. I was so inspired, I bolted home and wrote the first words of fiction in my study (as opposed to the café or the sofa) for months and months. Major achievement.
Alas, though, I’ve had such a lot on this past week, that I didn’t get a whole lot more done after that one glorious day (Tuesday). Only a couple of short café sessions to tinker with the new opening scene. (I’ve yet to write the second one.)
The other thing I managed was a refresher on the Scrivener tutorial. I’ve been writing in Scrivener software for a while now, but there is so much functionality I’ve not been using — indeed most of it I had completely forgotten existed. I figured it might be a good option to remind myself of all the features in order to get the most out of it as I revise/edit. I’m really glad I did this.
On the whole, it was a productive week, all things considering. Hopefully I can achieve even more this coming week, although it promises to be just as crazy…