Wondrous Wiarton Writing Retreat Log | Day 4:
Friday February 16, 2018
Section: CC.038, CC.039
Time Spent Writing: ~4 hours
Number of Words: 2,758
…wow. Did that just happen?
James is shaking, he’s so excited. Together, across two different sections… We just finished writing the first draft climax of Charlotte’s Journey.
Take that in for a moment, will you? There are only two sections left before, for all intents and purposes, we have a complete first draft. Now, if you’ve been following along at home, yes, there is a lot of work that will need to come after that (both because, you know, first drafts, as well as the messiness of this particular one) but let me just go ahead and say that just doesn’t matter right now.
We’re almost done.
Getting into the climactic battle was really tough for me. I had a big chunk that was a false start. I just sat there for a long time staring at the screen, thinking something like, “This part really matters.” Endings are hard.
It didn’t help that I felt so distant from the material, the characters, the rest of the dang story—basically, anything and everything that needed to be wrapped up or contributed to this moment. How do you write an ending, full stop, let alone one that’s been put off for months?
You leave the city, drive to Wiarton, and sit down with your buddy for days doing little else but eat, sleep, Geek—and write. That’s how.
Before this day was over, James was throwing pens in a mad dash to find one that worked so he could finish the final sentence. He stood up afterwards and started jigging, hands in the air, triumphant. My response to my own sections are more subdued, but honestly I don’t think it’s hit me yet. Ask me again tomorrow how I feel. Hell, ask me again in a week.