I wrote a whopping 522 words on my novel last
night week. Yeah, week. It took a whole seven days to get down two lousy pages. Don’t judge.
I thought about putting a word count widget in the sidebar for motivation. But would it really motivate, or just scream failure? What if Punk put me in the stocks in the town square every time I wasn’t ‘in the mood’?
“Oh, you’re gonna publicly shame me like an angry jerk because I didn’t feel like fooling around. That is so attractive. I really want to spend the next three hours with you. And all of a sudden I have all these creative ideas! Come on, babe. We’re gonna be poetry in motion!”
In lieu of the Hester Prynn widget of shame, I’ve elected to write and rewrite one rough scene with every possible outcome I can think of. *
Will she escalate by shouting back at him?
Will she laugh, or cry? Lay down like a doormat, or pull out a gun? Phone a friend? Pack her bags? Light the house on fire, or really get fired up after all?
All of the above.
And every word counts.
*Has anyone done this with a scene that wasn’t in the mood, and did it work?
Was the negative word count worth it in terms of moving the story forward?