I'm embarrassed to say that I did absolutely no writing this weekend. I know, I know...I just announced that I would have and meet a daily word count goal...but I failed. For this weekend at least. Honestly, I've been stuck at this one point in my novel that I just can't seem to move past. The section is BORING. I don't want to write it. But I need the background and character development that the scene will provide.
Some time last night, as I was tossing and turning in bed, I finally recognized that if I'm bored writing it, the reader will probably be bored reading it. I realized that I am probably going to have to tear apart the scene and re-work it, maybe even delete the whole section. I also realized that I needed to organize a timeline to help pace the novel better.
So what did I do, you ask?
Today at lunch, I worked on a new plan. I printed out blank calendar pages and plotted the major story events as actual days. I'm sure I got the idea from someone else - I can't imagine it's an original - but it's a process I hadn't completed for my novel. I was working from nothing; no outline, minimal research, and very little in the way of written background or character bios. I have a story with specific plot points that I want to hit, but they only existed in my head until now.
(Side note: I think I'm doing things slightly out of order here...it seems that most writers spend some time plotting and doing research for their work before they actually start writing it. What can I say? I'm a newb.)
Anyway, the exercise was extremely helpful. I even came up with some new plot points and ideas for where I want the story to go. I kept it all in pencil though, so that I can easily erase and change the timeline. For future reference, I will be making my story calendar before I start writing. It's nice to have a plan.