I hit a part of the novel today that I got way, way wrong in first draft. And while I’d estimate that in FACT I wrote close to 2000 words — over a period of three straight hours of hauling ass — what I was left with after ripping out that big first-draft nosedive into… Continue reading Today was a heavy, brutal rip-through… but I like what I got in the end
Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.
Got ALL of Chapter 7 today — 4080 words, and JOY! (And a total count of 43,265)
Today’s writing turned into what’s mostly a dark, mean chapter — there’s a lot of bad stuff going on for my MC and someone really important to her. Except for this one luminous, beautiful moment that made come together and just really sing. This was one of the chapters I got very close to right… Continue reading Got ALL of Chapter 7 today — 4080 words, and JOY! (And a total count of 43,265)
Big Progress, Scary Scene on Ohio 3 today.
According to Scrivener’s word counter, I got 5,508 words today. About 2000 of them were brand new. The others were stuff I managed to save out of the previous version… and while I’m pretty sure some of those will be going away tomorrow, I don’t think it will be all that many. THIS part of… Continue reading Big Progress, Scary Scene on Ohio 3 today.
Good OHIO 3 words, a new neighbor, a weird twist… and DANGER — 1233 words, 34,447 total
I cannot believe how fast this scene came together — and this wasn’t even anything I pulled out of the first draft. This was all new, all scary, and creepy in a way that I didn’t manage in the first run through this book. I didn’t see it coming… but I cannot wait to get… Continue reading Good OHIO 3 words, a new neighbor, a weird twist… and DANGER — 1233 words, 34,447 total
Not as good as I’d hoped… 363 keepers… and now done with the first third of the book
I hit words from the earlier version today… and did not delete them, because I didn’t want to come out heavily in the negative numbers. The EXPOSITORY LUMP I discovered is marked, and all those words will go, but not today. I’ll cut them once I hit the end of the book. I did pull… Continue reading Not as good as I’d hoped… 363 keepers… and now done with the first third of the book
Another fine writing day being mean to my characters
I’m now more than a third of the way through the draft, and I’m right on target with both the word count and the story. The line-for-scene outline holds. The plot is tight, the action is tense, and I had a hard time stopping, because while I know GENERALLY what happens next, I won’t know… Continue reading Another fine writing day being mean to my characters
Hah!!! MONDAY obeys!
I got the words on the novel — 992 for the day, to be exact, and 32,021 total on Ohio 3, and I was cruel to my characters, and twisty with that’s happening just out of sight… so GOOD writing day. But I also got a bunch of words on something for writers that I’m… Continue reading Hah!!! MONDAY obeys!
Today was a plotting day…
I got 391 new words, but I also had to figure out the logistics of the problem into which I’ve thrown my hero — and she’s really, really unhappy with me now. I’m pretty damn happy with myself now. Today was a Mean Girl™ day, in which, for the good of the story, I did… Continue reading Today was a plotting day…
It’s been a good writing week… but today was EPIC — 4220 words, and a major plot twist
When your fingers are moving so fast you can’t quite keep up with them, because you cannot wait to see what’s going to happen next, that could be described as a GREAT writing day. That was today. And holy crap, I love what I got. I was MEAN today. Bad things happened to a character… Continue reading It’s been a good writing week… but today was EPIC — 4220 words, and a major plot twist
OHIO 3-More of the giddy WHEE… on target, with good words, NICE twist
I love what I got today. I did mean things to characters I love, and one of them is in SUCH big trouble. I know the broad issue, but have no clue what the details are… but I’ll get to investigate the details tomorrow. But now, on to chores, and Real Life(TM)!