September 2018: WIP Update

This Month’s Word Count: 6462

I’m pretty surprised and pleased with this month’s progress. I wasn’t expecting to get 1000 words now I’m back at uni, let alone 6000!

Ironically, with the season changing, this was also a month of change for my WIP. I hit a major roadblock which ultimately lead to some important changes that benefit the story.

This is advance worth sharing, so thanks Liam! So, yeah, this was my major roadblock this month. Joy!

What exactly was the problem?

Novel in progress

 

After getting into a pickle with some poison, the MC needs medicine. Problem is: She’s lost in the woods with no hope of finding anyone or anything. Without medicine, she’s going to die.

 

Without spoiling what happens next, let’s just say I solved my (or should I say her?) little problem.

It was important to the plot for this character to be poisoned, and despite this being a fantasy WIP, there are no ‘magical cures’ or helpful wizards that could drop out of the sky to save her.

Like Liam said, I thought about the overarching conflict and my characters. The problem arose with the set up of “The Thing that keeps the plot moving.” That being, the medicine.

I wrote a post on setting up plot elements a while ago called How To Fix A Redundant Plot Twist. In this post, I pointed out how the movie Robot and Frank didn’t set up it’s plot twist. Similar principle applied in my WIP – the set up was there, but it wasn’t quite working. It didn’t set up everything I needed it to in order for my MC to make her next move. If my MC couldn’t move, neither could I.

Long story short: I changed how certain scenes happen, both leading up to this moment and afterwards. Naturally, this lead to the classic ‘Kill Your Darlings’ conundrum. Said ‘Darling’ was a scene I wrote last month. Typical.

This re-write helps the plot flow better and while I liked my Darling scene, I managed to get the most important aspects of it, albeit in a different scene.

So…props for -1 scenes ‘completed’? Hey, it might be less words, but it’s still progress. Editing is just as important as writing, especially in cases like this.

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