2,489 Words

  • Sprints: 9
  • Words Sprinted: 2,488
  • Average: 276
By Dustin Tigner

Disclaimer: Welcome to my spoiler-free journal. This is where I record my thoughts and feelings as they pertain to what the hell I just wrote. I may explore writing craft, productivity techniques, bemoan running out of my favorite snack, or anything else. You've been warned!

“Technically” I hit 3,000 words.

But the last 511 words were written in a different document to brainstorm some ideas. I’m not going to count them. ;)

I hit a wall. Bleh. Stories that are built around tension tend to escalate tension toward the climax. The last chapter I wrote has the most tension in the entire book. I don’t know how to top it in the actual climax.

I have two options. I either combine this last chapter with the next and don’t release the tension or treat the last chapter as a mini climax and build the story toward a bigger climax by adding another 20,000 words.

In my opinion, the story has too much tension and not enough humor. I’ve taken this character to the extremes. Poor Sarah. But the tension can be exhausting from a reader (and writer) standpoint. I often find myself really wanting to write slice-of-life stories about characters simply interacting in cool game worlds.

But . . . I can’t. I wrote this book with a different goal in mind. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it evokes lots emotions, and it really digs into who Sarah is, what this crazy heaven-based world is, and the game systems of different classes.

I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ll be taking tomorrow and the weekend to figure out what needs to happen. Wish me luck. :)