A Question

Mar. 8th, 2017 03:04 pm
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*raises hand* I have a question: so, do you think that if you have 10k of a draft for a story, is it possible to get up to 20k!? Like easily up to 20k or will I have to sweat blood and tears and make up words that aren't even in the English dictionary!? I reeeeeally want to do this year's BigBang but I'm afraid that I'm focusing too much on a story that might make it up to 20k, while I could concentrate on a different story that also MIGHT get up to 20k.
*sigh* the worries of a writer ... no one said it was easy, huh?
So any advice, any experiences anyone would like to share?! :) I'll take it all!

Date: 2017-03-08 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dont-hate-me01.livejournal.com
I have a problem in writing short stories, so for me taking a draft from 10k to 20k is very easy. What I do find is that I need to really like what I'm writing, to make me want to write more. If I'm writing because of the sake to finish a story, then I tend to procrastinate and then in the end, I have to sit down for hours and work in order to get the story done.

What also works for me in getting some words down, is to mix the scenes up that I still need to write. If I know that I still need to do a fluffy scene and a fight scene, I'll pick the one I'm in the mood for, write it, save it and put it to the side. When it's time to add that specific scene I just take it in put it in. Sometimes it is necessary to change it a bit, but at least then the bulk of the work has been done.

Good luck with your writings, I do hope you get your story out there! :-)

Date: 2017-03-08 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] herminekurotowa.livejournal.com
Don't ask me.

I wrote less than 4k in eight weeks *sighs*

Date: 2017-03-08 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] somer.livejournal.com
(NO WRITER! BUT YOU KNOW I'LL CHEER YOU ON, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DECIDE!)

Date: 2017-03-08 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] septembers-coda.livejournal.com
Is there a part you could add to the 10k draft, a plot point you didn't explore or a character who needs some more page time? Are there sexytimes? It might feel like a cheap trick, but this could be an opportunity to write sex scenes to your heart's content. :-)

I'm with dont_hate_me, I have a hard time keeping stories short enough... but then again, if the draft feels complete, it might do the story a disservice to write more just to fill a word count. So I would say the integrity of the story comes first, and if you feel you can write 10k more words while honoring that, do it! And if not, write a new story, and if that one doesn't make it to 20k either, at least you have another story. <3 <3

Date: 2017-03-14 01:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meus_venator
Hmm. I'm not sure I have any advice to offer that hasn't been offered. I think you really have to know what kind of draft you write. Is it loose with lots of things still to flesh out, or is it pretty tight and there isn't much room for extra description or embroidery?

My idea of a draft is when I'm almost done I start writing bullet point items of all the things I have to make sure I squeeze in before the end. Those bullets could be 5k each or 1k, or a sentence, but I tend to run long, so 3/4th, 35k almost done usually ends up being 50k finished.

But if you write tight and all that's left is fact checking and plot holes and spell check then to double that is asking a LOT. It's really all about your writing style.

I wish you luck thought : ) *waves pom poms*

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