I’m up to 21,000 words on Masters now. The site where I work was shut down today because of snow, so I had more time than normal to work on my writing. All the same, I didn’t get as much done as I could have, only about 2,000 words. I spent a bit of time outlining the next half dozen chapters or so, something I hadn’t done at first. When I started writing Masters, I had a concept in mind, I knew what made the main character tick and what the back story was, and I had a general notion of where I wanted it to go. But aside from that, I basically discovery wrote the first few chapters. As I’ve gotten further along, I’m finding I need to look ahead and decide what I really want to have happen so I don’t just wander off aimlessly.
The problem is now that I’ve done that, I find myself really wanting to skip ahead to some of the more meaty action-filled scenes, or just scenes with really cool interactions. For instance, the other day I started the scene where we meet the big bad guy for the first time, and I finished it today. Problem is, that scene takes place 3 chapters beyond where I had written to so far. There are other scenes even further ahead that I am looking forward to also, because they’ve got action, and it’s always fun to write a fight. Now, I know there’s nothing wrong with not writing in order, but for some of these intervening scenes, even though I know exactly what I want to have happen, I’m just not interested in making it happen. Maybe that will change as I make more progress, otherwise I guess I’ll just have to slog on through.
On a better note, I was reading some blogs this evening while taking a break from writing and got a bit more inspired about the business end of this. I have just over 6 years until I can retire from the Navy. Assuming I meet my goals for the year, and do the same amount each year between now and then, I wondered how much I could potentially be making by then. So I ran a spreadsheet, and with the accumulated product between now and then (we’re talking 18 novels and 150 short stories, which can be sold separately and in collections) I wouldn’t need ridiculous sales from any one product to make some pretty decent cash. Of course, it all depends on how much I can really put out (and how good it is, of course, but I’m certain I’ll improve over time and if I do say so myself I think I’m doing alright now). At the end of this year I’ll know better what I can expect. But if I can meet my goals, or even better surpass them, that’ll be a good start.
Ok, back to trying to power through one of those unappealing scenes before hitting the sack.