Current Word Count: 14,516
I didn’t do quite as many words as I was supposed to, but it’s better to get some words done then to give up completely. And honestly, in every writer’s life, there’s going to be some days that are better than others.
Anyway, so I was reading Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers last night (it’s a great book and one of my favorites) and it got me thinking how to create a complex plot and characters while still not adding too much description or unnecessary scenes. She created some of the best characters in literature (and some of my personal favorites) and just the way that every word in her book is important is incredible. This got me thinking about filler.
By filler, I’m talking about the unnecessary description, characters, etc. that authors add to books to make them longer. Some authors do this a lot, while the majority of authors do it once in a while. But it is rare to find a book that feels as if every word is essential to the meaning of the story. A few examples of this, for me, include The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Bitter Tea of General Yen by Grace Zaring Stone (both exceptional books).
While most books I find have some filler, much of which I don’t mind, there are certain books that are so polluted with filler I feel as if I’m in an ocean of words trying to find the meaning of life. It’s just a bit difficult. The second book of Twilight comes to mind.
When I write my own books, my first draft is very minimalist. Maybe this is because I’m afraid to add that filler that I dislike in other books.
I’m curious how you guys write you first draft. Do you carefully add only the important information, or let the filler flow and worry about cutting unnecessary stuff later? Let me know down in the comments, I’ll see you all tomorrow, and, as always,
Best wishes on your life full of adventure,