May 12th, 2013

dylan jester

first drafts

First drafts are the worst. They take forever, are the most difficult and time consuming, and they're always so bad. This one is continuing. I don't know how long it will be eventually, but it's around 7000 words right now, and there's a significant chunk of it left to write (omg). I think the worst part about a first draft is that feeling of like "I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm going to have to keep writing anyway until I either have something finished or I figure it out!"

I also spent a lot of last night wrestling with writing a macro for Twine, and I just gave up on getting the behavior I wanted with it when I was up at 1am staring at it until my eyes were swimming. Twine is pretty great over the hood, but under the hood it's a fragile clusterfuck, and that makes it extremely frustrating to use. OH WELL. The macro that I now have mostly does what I want, and at least it's better than the default behavior.

On the other hand, the thrill of experimenting, of playing around with the structures and the flow of text, is really fun. I'm sure it will be a disaster of characterization, worldbuilding and pacing, but too bad! I will rock on!

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