I'd planned to take a couple days break from writing after finishing the first draft of "Bigfoot Ranch."
When I started the book, I'd intended to have two narrators. The main character who would tell his story from a 1st person perspective, and another character--who would drop in every 8 chapters or so-- who would be 3rd person.
Aside from the 3rd person first chapter, the rest of the book was all written from Hart Davis's 1st person perspective. I decided to see if I could write the entire book without bringing in the first chapter 3rd person VP character, Sherm Olsen.
I thought I pulled it off, though I came up 13K words short of the 80K I think I need.
My goal in the rewrite was to add those 13K words, but it seemed kind of intimidating.
I went for my walk without my computer for once, because I had no intention of writing anything. I hadn't gone a hundred paces before Sherm Olsen popped up and said, "Hey, remember me?" and the chapter just started unspooling in my mind. (That is my creative process, a movie screen behind my eyelids.)
Suddenly I had four more chapters in mind.
I came home and wrote the first of the new Sherm Olsen chapters after dinner (not a time I usually write).
So apparently my first draft wasn't done after all. I've got three more Sherm chapters in mind. It will mean I have to compress my re-write into 12 days instead of 15 days, but since the rewrite was going to take more time because of the need for more words, that probably is a wash.
Oh, brain. Make up your mind.
1 week ago