I got a good start on Chapter One today with 3250 words. I try to get about 5,000 words per chapter. It was a boy meets girl scene, told from the hero’s point of view. I want to add her reaction next. I always add words when I edit, so that should put me pretty close to what I want to hit before moving to Chapter Two.
I don’t know why, but I’m feeling pressure to write that additional scene tonight. Self-inflicted pressure, which is ridiculous. I don’t have the scene fleshed out in my head yet, and things never turn out well when I try to wing it. I also haven’t plotted out Chapter Two yet, so why the rush? Writers are weird. A part of me wants to hit that 5,000-word mark, but the other half wants them to be words I can keep. If I know the scene in my head, I’ll write it much faster.
Stupid brain. See, it’s starting already. Want to know a secret? The writing process drives writers crazy.