2500 words so far today. So I’m over 6,000 words total. (not including the reams of pages I’ve created for notes and outlines and character studies.)
But what I’ve noticed is the way I’m writing has changed over the past couple years. I used to write sequentially, basically one chapter in a couple days, then I’d edit it to the way I wanted it, and move on to the next chapter. One foot after another.
However, since I’ve taken Candy Haven’s FastDraft, when I get stuck, I jump to a scene that may not be in order and write it. That’s how I wrote Delving Deep and its yet-unnamed sequel. And with this latest – An Inconvenient Enemy – I’ve written an outline – basically a paragraph summing up each chapter, sometimes a paragraph for a specific scene and then fill it out from there using Word’s Split Screen feature. Which means I can jump back and forth and stay within the outline. It’s a rather interesting process, but I’m also finding it rather disconcerting. Still, words are being written, and the story is being told. And interestingly enough, I’m finding the scenes I’m writing are those filled with emotion.
I’m wondering if that’s because I’m writing with emotionally charged music this time where normally I write without any music as I found it distracting.
So do you write sequentially, chapter one followed by chapter two? And do you write to music? Do you think there is a difference in the way you write if you change up your procedures?