I had one, just the other day. Well, actually, it wasn’t a new idea, but rather a new take on an old idea that I have been trying to get down for several years now. My Muses seem incredibly affected by the Gossip Girl series, and since I started reading them however many years ago, I have been trying to create my own characters and put them into that universe (For those of you who don’t know that particular universe, it’s about well-to-do children and a family of less-than-well-to-do people who make their way into high society). I have written and re-written and recreated characters several times, using pictures of actors and actresses that I’d found on the Internet to use as their faces so that I have something to look at when I’m thinking of them (leaving my imagination to focus merely on the words and not on the pictures as well; okay, not all of the pictures).
So yesterday afternoon I opened up Scrivener and set out to create a story that I would be proud of, a store that would finally lay those Muses to rest.
I found and named my characters. I gave it a tentative title. I jotted down a few notes.
I even created a playlist that I could listen to while I sat down and wrote!
But how much did I actually write? 1,511 words. Now, some of you are probably saying that 1,500+ words is A LOT to write in one day. That you’ve never had to write a research paper that long, and that I’m like some kind of machine. And then there are some of you who are laughing at my minuscule word count, saying that if I want to be any kind of a professional writer I am really going to have to get my ass on the ball in order to do so.
The daily word count that I often work with is 1,667. Writing 1,667 words a day means that in 30 days you will have written 50,000 words. So I like to adhere to this. Sometimes it’s less, but more often than not it’s more (although not by much). And after I got my 1,511 written, I did the only thing that could have stopped me in my tracks — I went back and read over everything I’d already written down.
So now I have 1,511 words that I am going to need to either scrap altogether, edit to make them sound better, or just leave them alone and let the story progress from there. What do you all think?