Daily Challenge Check-in: July 23, 2015

Words/Time: 1 hour, revising “Pithea.” The beginning of part 4 has long concerned me. After three parts, each with its own mini-plot, part 4 has its own too. However, first, there’s the issue of a bunch of stuff that happens during the year between parts 3 and 4. At the beginning of parts 2 and 3, there was also a little bit of, “So, here’s what’s happened since then…” The other times, though, it was a small amount of text. This time, way more happens. Around 5000 words-worth. Looking at the word count, it didn’t seem like as much as it had felt like before, so I’m less concerned now. Most likely, I’ll make one chapter of various updates (or two chapters, if need be, as one of those updates seems like it might be better being separate) and then just go on with the story.

I also decided today that it’s time to start laying out the story in a way that helps me see where chapter breaks should be. I’ve noticed that I seem to be different than most other writers (though to be fair, I haven’t done specific research, just what I hear other Wrimos or blogging writers say) who plan chapters into their outline, or at least break the writing into chapters as they go. I don’t get that. I mean, I am completely baffled by it. I have a hard enough time deciding chapter breaks afterward. However, I’ve finally started to bring myself around to understanding (and believing) that “average chapter length” is a myth. My plan right now is to use Scrivener (which I’ve tested, but not thoroughly) to lay out the scenes and hopefully figure out chapters there.

My stats page on the Camp NaNo site says that at my current pace, I will finish on July 29th. That is fortunate, because my family is leaving for a 5-day trip to Toronto on the 30th. Though I’ll bring a notebook or two with me, I know I won’t have time to do any writing work. I didn’t last time. So I should finish the day before. Though in actuality, barring any bad days before next Tuesday, I’ll probably finish on the 28th, because I will have another 2-2 1/2 hour Skype revision meeting that will most likely push me over the edge.