by Shelton Bumgarner
Now that I’ve actually started writing the novel, here are some observations.
— There’s a reason why they say don’t worry about the first draft being perfect. No one other than yourself — hopefully — will read the first draft, anyway. The whole point of the first draft is to just get the story down.
— Not every scene in the first draft is going to go as well as you planned. Given that everyone thinks I suck for various reasons, I did a lot more development than maybe some people would have liked. As I keep saying, those people can suck it. They are toxic and I don’t want them in my life anymore.
— I still don’t know what happens in the 50 scenes of the first half of the second act. But I still have time to figure that out. (I hope.)
— It’s growing pretty obvious that to do this right, this is going to take a lot longer than I first imagined. So long, in fact, that I can’t simply put my life in neutral for months to do it. I’m going to have to suck it up and look for a new job soon. I don’t want to, but it’s inevitable.