He shredded it all...
…and every bit of it he did shred.
Like I wrote earlier, somewhere in the 2013-2014 range, I wrote a whopping 10,000 word chapter. Whopping, because a chapter should be bite size; the 1,200-2000 words range is plenty. This week, I had some down time. I decided to shred it.
I still like my characters. I still like the “situation” in which they have found themselves, but it was atrocious. Shawn Coyne was exactly right, the more you read the more you grow. As much as I like what I wrote in 2014, the more I now think it was total garbage on several fronts.
The protagonist was essentially bullet proof. He simply didn’t have problems and everybody liked him. Who is going to care about that? I would have hated the guy if I knew him.
The truck was perfect. There wasn’t an ounce of chrome that was needed to complete the package. Well, a truck is meant to be a journey and that’s not a journey. If all you’ve known is going to the car lot and picking out a car and driving off and never even adding anything more than floor mats, then you may not understand this concept.
I was writing way too much comedy in as if it were comedic relief.
All in 10,000 words. It was just junk. So, I wrote about 2,500 words on Monday and Tuesday spread out in three chapters and it was very much more appealing. I will start writing some short stories here to give a taste; like 1,000 words short stories.