I’ve continued writing the vampire story I started last month. I’ve figured out how to make it a short story, I think, though of course I’ve also concluded there’s a much bigger story it fits into. :-/ But since I never finish anything, I figure I’ll write the short story, make it the best I can, and then move on. Either to something else, or to the next part of this story. Whichever.
I’ve been really bad at sitting my Butt In the Chair. I find good excuses—other things to do in the evening, too tired, home too late—but in aggregate they’re just excuses. Today I decided I was going to sit down and finish this dranglefarbing story, so I sat down and spent several hours on it. I decided to step back and look at the big picture. Who are the characters, what’s important about them, how does it fit together. Mostly these were things I knew, but I found a few important nuggets, without which I wasn’t going to have a coherent story*. Of course, I didn’t finish it, but I deleted a scene, wrote a different one, and figured out what comes after that. Unfortunately, now I don’t know how to get from that scene to the last scene. :-/ I don’t expect there to be any other scenes in between so… I really need to get that figured out.
And once I’ve finished it, I have to go back and fix the beginning, which is a mishmash of PoVs and ideas because I didn’t know where the story was going yet.
And I want to get all this done by next Sunday.
* Of course, I still might not have a coherent story. 😉