After deciding to start over completely with Sins of a Father, I must admit I was a bit worried that I had dealt myself a huge setback. Turns out I was dead wrong. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I gave myself the push I needed to really get moving on the project. If I hadn’t started from scratch, odds are I wouldn’t have written a single word of it this weekend. I would have just let the weekend slip away and made more excuses for not writing, leaving me feeling unaccomplished and mad at myself.
Being re-energized from the reboot, I went into this weekend with about 2,000 words on (virtual) paper. I’m coming out of the weekend 10,000 words strong. I’d call that a very productive weekend on the writing front. I even had time to do some other stuff as well. Not sure how I managed that one, but I liked it. If I had more vacation time at work I’d take the next couple days off and finish off the 1st draft of this story. I was about 9,500 words into the first version, so I consider myself ahead of the game at this point. 8,000 words in one weekend has me super stoked. If I wasn’t out of time in the day I’d keep going.
I’m so much happier with this version than I was with the first version to boot. The change from novel to novella is the key aspect of that. I tightened the story and removed all of the unnecessary garbage. What I was left with felt right. It felt like I’d finally found the story I wanted to tell from the beginning. That’s why it was so easy hammering out 8,000 words in a couple days. Now I just have to get the rest on paper.
Here’s to hopefully finishing off the first draft by the end of next weekend, though with July 4th and a family gathering at our place next Saturday I may be pushing it. Only time will tell I suppose.