Some weeks are odd ones for writing, and this has been one of those weeks for me. I began working on my novel experiment and its 5000 word per week goal as usual then realized that I needed to begin writing a bit differently.
At this point, I have the bones of a first draft. I could claim that the first round of the story has been told. However, since I don’t write in a linear fashion, I know that there are narrative gaps. This week I worked on filling in those spaces with connective tissue. It involved more deconstruction than I anticipated, so I separated out the different POVs and am now in the process of stitching them back together again.
Though it’s an exciting process, I must admit that this stage is reminding me of the point in cleaning the house when everything looks like a disaster. Hopefully it will magically come together shortly.
It’s also making me think about how I want to draft future manuscripts and handle POV changes. If you all have insight to share, I’d love to hear it! Do you weave POVs together from the beginning or keep them separate until the end of the draft? For those of you who don’t write linearly, how do you know when your draft is complete?