Wednesday, September 12, 2007
BIAM -- End of Day 3, Hello, Day 4!
The hardest part about writing historical fiction is that you are dependent on research for everything. I'm running into some snags with the BIAM because I'm fighting the urge to hit the Internet to find a date or to clarify a point, and I'm just writing around those holes, planning to fill them in on my second pass. Another problem I'm having is that I can't decide when to kill off this character I'm planning to kill. See, there are advantages to killing them sooner, but there are other advantages to killing them later. I am going to have to put this in the back of my brain and let it simmer for a while. There's no doubt in my mind that I'm going to have to go through and rearrange scenes once I decide where they're all going to go. Thank goodness for computers.
In the meanwhile, I had Scouts today and didn't have a lot of time to write, so I came in at 1,045. That's still above my goal, but I would have liked to squeak a few more words on there. Maybe if I can't sleep later tonight.
Several of you have commented that you love how it feels to just get in the groove. Some have said that they can feel the story coming together, and others have had to overcome some pretty fierce opposition to get to the computer. I have no doubt that we'll all have days that seek to keep us from creating -- the important thing is to keep forging ahead. Even if you only manage one sentence, that's one sentence in the right direction.
You guys are awesome -- and I'll see if I can't decide when to kill my person before I sit down to write tomorrow. It sure would make everything easier.