So, yes…more public pressure and possible public humiliation if I sit on my butt and do nothing…
A few months ago I attempted to start a youth novel about Gwendolyn and the dragon of New Castle (during my failed attempt at nanowrimo…note to self…do not try month long crazy writing project during audit at work). I had a big burst of writing energy; chapters, outlines, character sketches, etc written. I made quite a bit of progress.
Then holidays happened. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years and my focus on writing was rerouted. I have continued working on the story, but progress is slow. If I am going to finish this little project of mine, I must refocus.
I have changed some of story from its initial spawning. This is a good thing. I had a friend of mine read the outline and I explained a lot of the plot and he pointed out a few plot holes. So, we brain stormed for a bit and came up with a couple of new ideas that should make it a little more interesting.
I am also not writing in sequential order. I wrote some of the action scenes out that take place later in the book shortly after I wrote the first chapter. Now that the outline is fleshed out a little more, I went back and wrote chapters 2 and 3 and today I am moving onto chapter 4.
I am having fun writing the story. It is not too terribly serious. It involves a lot of imagination, a little bit of magic, an evil witch, and of course a dragon.