Unplugged: The Process

I don’t know why I think this is going to be a good idea, but I’m hoping something almost decent comes out of this. I have about seven weeks before #StrangeLit officially begins, and in that timespan, I’m planning to (re)write Unplugged.

Quick backstory: Unplugged is the “prequel” to Just for the Record. I started writing the story in 2011 and left it alone after completing it. I didn’t know then that I was going to eventually publish Just for the Record, or that JftR would come before the actual start of Rhys’s story. Last year I decided that Unplugged (and Nico’s story Unglamorous) needs to be rewritten and put out there, but I never got to it because of Life and all that applies.

This year, I made a list of Things to Write in conjunction with my resolution to write more and publish more. Unplugged topped that list (because let’s face it, Rhys is my favorite). So that’s what I’m going to do. #SparkNA is proof that I can write 20k novella (in the case of Waiting for the Sunrise, 35k) in two months so this is me attempting to replicate the results of the Spark class.

One of the things that made Spark successful is the community cheering you on to finish. Writing, essentially, is a solitary event. You sit and bleed on a page. On your own. But every other moment not spent writing doesn’t have to be. So what I think I’m doing is asking anyone who wants to see Rhys and Ryan to hold me accountable for making sure I get Unplugged out this year.

So what’s going to happen is that I’ll be posting updates, sort of, and the general process of things as I write this old-new story of mine. Let’s hope it sort of, kind of works.

First up, is my outline. I have an outline. Kind of. It’s still missing the middle bits, but I have a Beginning and I have and Ending so I think I’m in a good place. I don’t want to talk that much about it because I’m supposed to be writing– not writing about it, but actually writing.

I’ve already set my daily word count goals. Let’s hope this works.


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