Over 88K on Leatherbound at the moment; still working my way to the final battle.
One of the big problems with this rough is that my main idea started as mostly Romantic Comedy, then got… badly knocked askew by stuff I’d run into recently. (See the mess of reactions to, To Siri, With Love.) So actions and attitudes of main characters that fit neatly in with anime-ish comedy are going to have to get seriously revamped to fit the more realistic world that showed up when I actually got into writing the draft. Ouch.
I’m also going to have to go through and revamp some of the events and critters that show up in the world, to clarify exactly what level of violence sorcerers in this setting are used to. And show more of how magic works, so the reader can more accurately identify when it’s being bent, and… well. A lot of things.
Thing is, I am not fixing those things right now. I know how I write, and how I edit, and if I stop to fix the rough draft I’ll lose forward momentum and that would be bad.
(Unfinished fanfics are bad enough; sometimes the momentum can be revved up again with thorough rewatching/rereading source material. Unfinished novels? Meep.)
So what I’m doing is making notes. Lots of notes. A whole file of notes, so that when I finally hit “The End” I have a compilation of ,”Okay, now go back and fix X, Y, and Z.”
I’m hoping that will work. But I know from past experience that stopping mid-writing to fix things definitely does not work. So I’m taking some advice from “No Plot, No Problem” – basically, “write as if the edits have already been made, and keep going.”
*Knocks on wood.*