We come to this place in the sun, there local that I call “Breakfast”, and I express my thoughts for some to read. Today I tell you that I’m on the last chapter of my work in progress, Suggestive Amusements, and if I’m exceptionally lucky, I’ll finish the story tomorrow. If not, I’ll finish it Monday night, but in the next three days, rain or shine, hot or cold, the first draft is complete.
I look at the text card in Scrivener that’s going to be Chapter Eighteen, and I know what’s going in there; I’ve seen it for a few months, and I’ve been waiting to get to this point for many weeks now. I know, with Scrivener I can just write when I feel like it, I don’t have to do everything in sequence. Scrivener makes the writing experience like making a movie: as you film all your particular scenes when you are on the right set or location, you can write your scenes as the need arises. Need to write the last chapter now? Do it. Need to add a scene that makes sense? Do it. Scrivener liberates you to do that–
If you so want. I don’t. I’m too old school, in that I have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and I do them in that order. Which is not a bad thing to do for a first draft, because there were things I did in the last few chapters that have minutely changed events in the last chapter.
If I didn’t want until the end to write the end, I’d have to rewrite. I hate rewrites. Best to write it correctly the first time.
Chapter Eighteen is on tap for this weekend. Three thousand words, put it a little over the seventy thousand word line, and finalize it with the big finish. But . . . that’s not all.
I’ve decided to write an article today. I’ve passed off a couple of my old game reviews for a friend who runs another site, and he’s posted one, and will likely post the other in a few days. A long time back I promised him an article, so today is a good day to write said article, and it’ll be a far better usage of my time than playing Facebook games when I’m not word slinging.
I don’t know if this article-writing thing is going to be something I want to get into all the time. My friend was asking about the possibility of doing a few articles on spacecraft propulsion systems, both real an imaginary, and I was like, “Well, yeah, I could do one of those . . .”, but the brain often says what the fingers can’t deliver.
However, I’m going to be in a lull for a bit. I’ll be waiting on a book cover, and I’ll find myself mostly editing throughout April. With that in mind, writing a few articles to keep the brain sharp might not be a bad idea.
If nothing else I might just entertain someone with what I have to say. Or piss them off.
Isn’t that sometimes the same thing?