by Shelt Garner
This third draft of my first novel is getting a LOT better. But I continue to develop and write it in a vacuum so…I don’t know. It could be that, lulz, this is nowhere near where it needs to be.
But I still have hope. Keep the faith and all that. I just have to believe. I may — may — take a little bit of a break the next day or so. I want to clear my mind before I wrap up the second chapter. I have totally reworked the second chapter to the point that it’s a fresh new take on the general events I want to depict.
One less-than-obvious element to all of this is I need to vary the length of my scenes. At the moment, my scenes are just under 1,000 words. I want them to range between 500 and 1,200 words to give the reader some subtle ebb and flow to the progression of events.
Anyway, wish me luck, I guess. I really need to get out of the first act and into the rest of the story. Once I do that, things SHOULD move much, much faster.