I read somewhere that the most important and truthful moment with regard to a WIP is the very beginning. You know when I’m talking about. The point where you’ve just stumbled on this brilliant idea. Not just any old idea. And you’ve started to flesh it out. Spanning in front of you are thousands of words worth of radiance and beauty. The words are at the tip of your tongue and you can almost see them on the page. Sounds weird, but it’s totally like that. You know how the book should feel, what tone it will take. For once, there seems no shortage of plot points and they are all coming in scenes that contain beginning, middles, and ends.
As we all know, as you step further into the book, when words actually starting hitting the page and the idea that seemed crystal clear now is nothing but a stinking mess, that glimmer you had at the beginning feels like a mirage. Like it never existed. You only thought you saw it. Once up close, it was just asphalt.
But wait, go back to the beginning. Because that’s the truth of your book. That’s the potential. It wasn’t that it was never there, never attainable. Your line of vision just shifted. There was a turn in the road and you lost sight of the real oasis.
If the enthusiasm was there from the start. If your heart told you that this was THE book when you began, then it can be. Let’s not let the sloppy middles get us down–or the endings, or whatever your personal novel demon is, k?
Ok, so back to Weekday Warrioring. This was my plan for the day (I had to be embarrassingly simplistic w/ myself b/c I was feeling a bit overwhelmed) :
PLAN FOR TOMORROW:
Write scenes in separate documents, then I will add transitions later once I see where they fit
Up stakes, up stakes, clue, clue
Scene: set up so that we know that if Ronny misses sneaking out, there will be consequences
Scene: Ronny doesn’t go see her mother b/c is pulling prank/messing with Sophia
Scene: No one will enter village b/c of rumors about curses
Scene: Ronny learns that her failure to help family has had much more dire circumstances than she imagined
Scene: [redacted]-centric scene
Must come up w/ 2 clues tomorrow
The day soooooort of got away from me with interviews, etc. So, here’s what I’m thinking: How about I make sure to accomplish this by the end of tomorrow. A lot of y’all have been keeping up with Weekend Warrioring and your comments have been so motivating to me! I really appreciate each and every one and am reading them with interest. This is my plan. I’ll do this by tomorrow evening. What’s your plan? When will you accomplish it by? Can I hold you to it?
Feel free to be as simplistic and vague as me. I’d love to hear what y’all are up to!
**In case you were wondering, the title of the post comes from Jeremiah 29:11.