My new strategy is: pound out shitty, completely unfleshed out, unstyled scenes. In almost screenplay style. Just to get general dialogue, location and action down so I know what the hell is going on in my novel. I figure the sooner I have a collection of scenes to work with, the sooner I can go back, piece them together skillfully, and then rewrite them with the tone and attention to detail I usually give my writing.
No, I'm not adding any of this to my word count. I don't think this kind of crap deserves to be in the word count. Word count only counts my nice, thoughtful sequential chapter writing.
The thing is, I'm not a great outliner for creative writing. I rarely know exactly what's going to happen when or where until I'm about to write it. So I pretty much write on the fly and figure it out as I go along.
The problem with this is that when I'm working with three different interwoven points in time, it's really hard to put it together nicely. It's like a puzzle to me, the placement and juxtaposition of a backstory with a present story. And I can't do it when I don't know all the pieces I'm working with.
I'm also leaving out a HUGE element of uncanniness that I mean to insert at some point.
Things I'm trying to consciously avoid doing:
- Use adverbs
- Use my commas to control people's breathing.
God, I'm churning out absolute shit here, but it's the only way I know how this story turns out. Trying to let loose.
Wow, that exercise really worked. 3500 "shit" words. I wrote out an entire line of my story (sort of), and honestly, it broke my heart so much, I cried while writing it. Hahahhaa. Yay!