I’ve worked on a new project for most of the last month of all this crazy new reality.
It started with wondering whether I should write the current project, something I discussed in another post.
I also talked about dropping this project because it was different and wasn’t the horror stories I believed I should be writing.
But cooler heads prevailed and I’m at almost 30k on this project.
It’s the first time I’ve used an outline this thoroughly.
I worked for three weeks on this outline and now that I’ve got a handle on how it’s supposed to work I’m enjoying it.
There are minor points I’ve set within the outline that I must reach and they’ve allowed me to write to the story I want as long as I hit those points the story works.
That I’ve written ten novels and never approached my writing this way says a lot about where I’ve been and even more about how my mental attitude has changed towards an outline.
I’ve tried this approach numerous times but now after having a MasterClass account and listening to David Baldacci, Dan Brown, Robert Patterson, I’m more comfortable within this construct than I’ve ever been.
My wife got me a subscription to MasterClass for my birthday and I’ve watched all of the ones I’ve listed above.
The Baldacci one is my favorite.
I’m able to get 2300 words or more every day, sometimes reaching into the 3k range.
But having the comfort of this new way to work makes me more confident in my writing abilities.
I miss writing on this blog three days a week but have been focusing on reading and writing so much that the blog hasn’t been part of that focus.
I’m not going make a promise I can’t keep and tell you I’ll write more posts, but I will keep you updated on how the writing is going as much as possible.
I have a deadline set for the end of June for the first draft and will probably finish sooner.
As to the rest of my life.
Kids are doing school from home. I’m unable to bartend for obvious COVID-19 restrictions. My wife has worked from home for the last 9+ years and is busy.
I work, play video games, keep the house, and yard clean.
I miss bartending. I’m an introvert, except when I’m pouring drinks.
I miss that.
I hope you’re all healthy.
Stay home, stay safe.