Since Thursday or Friday of last week I’ve been working on writing at least a thousand words each day on my story, When Life Hands You Lymes. There’s been a gargantuan change between how I was writing the story last year and how I’m writing it this year. It’s actually rather humbling and painful to think of how I let y’all see all the early segments, but I’m still glad I did. I had to have the accountability and the drive to keep me going because I knew if I didn’t have motivation I would slack off.
I now have around eleven thousand words of writing from this year (I took about a month where I did the barest amount of writing while I was traveling and busy with my other job), and my pace is rapidly picking up. I’m amazed at the different thought processes I’m having when creating a scene. My thoughts are constantly asking questions such as:
~What’s this character’s love language?
~What would Madalyn be smelling, hearing, seeing, and physically feeling right now?
~Would her mom really say that? Or is it something her dad would say?
~Does this scene move the story forward?
~Is Madalyn changing too rapidly or too slowly?
~Have I mentioned physical pain (or Katie’s work or Mom running or taking vitamins or whatever I’m writing about) recently, and if so is this getting redundant?
~What can I write now that will foreshadow what Madalyn is going to go through in the future?
~Have I added enough of the musical element into the story?
~Is there enough of the setting being described?