I have made a few decisions regarding my novel manuscript Shallishee Storm, one of those decisions was to get rid of the prologue that I loved. This has helped me envision a way of moving forward after coming to a standstill on the manuscript, it also means I have re-write my first seven chapters.
One of my friends has reminded me that all the experts advise against this – as sometimes you get so stuck on making those first chapters perfect that you never finish the manuscript. It’s a good warning, but in a first draft I never aim for perfection. I know if I don’t re-write those chapters including the new information I need, I won’t be able to embrace the story and write it as it should be told.
The other decision was more of a promise to myself – to have a complete first draft manuscript by 01/06/2011. It means I would have to write 220 words a day, a little bit less than one A4 page. I know it can be done and I expect to have it completed before the deadline comes around. Why bother with the deadline then? Because it’s a great motivator and ensures I will be working on Shallishee Storm every day until I get to my minimum word count. If I go over the word count it brings me that one step closer to my goal finishing point – writing The End.