Two weeks. Two chapters. Two different characters.
One character was a total nightmare. The other, an absolute dream.
It’s a tale of two chapters.
It might not surprise you that there are a lot of ups and downs when writing a book. I’m sure many of you have experienced this yourself. One sentence flows freely, the following sentence feels like every word has to be dug and pulled from the mud. And when you read it back, it sounds like you’ve pulled words from the mud.
But I have never had two chapters go so differently.
The first chapter featured a new character with a new voice that I couldn’t, no matter how hard I tried, find. I slaved over writing his first three thousand words. I would open the document and cringe at the words filling the page. Did they sound like him? I had no idea. But I worked away at it anyways, eventually arriving at something passable. Don’t worry, I vow to fix it when we get to the first edit.
The next chapter was from Levi’s perspective.
If you want to read a little more about Levi, click here to see our bonus blog post from last week.
I have always had a really strong connection with Levi. And this chapter was no exception. Over four thousand words flowed effortlessly. A complete contradiction to the previous one, and it took me from a place of frustration, to one of satisfaction.
It just goes to show that bad sentences (and even terrible chapters) are just a small bump in the path to a finished novel. They can be fixed, rewritten, and polished off. Sometimes it’s better to push past it and get words on the page. Some words are better than no words.