Bad news can be good news #wabwm

I discovered yesterday that my carefully put-together outline for Create A World Clinic was utter crap. It was boring, sluggish, loaded down with a whole bunch of lard before you ever got to the good stuff.

And the sections I’d finished were crap, too.

So I knew when I went to bed last night that everything I have on Create A World Clinic was going out the window. And I didn’t sleep at all. Finally managed to drop out of consciousness around 3:30-ish this morning, woke up after eight AM feeling like I’d been playing touch football with eighteen-wheelers.


I know how the course starts right now. So today, I’m going to write a kick-ass first section to the course, and then I’m going to outline the rest.

No words yesterday. There will, by damn, be words today. 😀

How did YOUR writing go?

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

7 comments… add one
  • N Shaffer Jan 9, 2013 @ 4:23

    Love when that happens. Hate it, Hate It, HATE IT, but in the end, love it.

  • Jen of Hens Jan 8, 2013 @ 16:55

    273 words – character back story.

  • Ieva Jan 8, 2013 @ 13:57

    635 words today, and some work on planning during which I realized that I’m dealing with a novella, which in turn makes my daily wordcount expectations somewhat lower.

  • RNFrancis Jan 8, 2013 @ 11:54

    700 words today, during editing. Adding a missing character (carefully now), and micro-editing. Total: 69,600 words.
    Good on you for taking the bad news in stride!
    “Despair is for losers.” –Mark Hertsgaard

  • Robert Slater Jan 8, 2013 @ 6:48

    No new words, but three short story submissions. And the pieces that are stuck in the novel are working their way through my subconscious. The key? “And then things get worse!” 😉 I’d made it too easy for my protagonist again.
    Write on,

    • Holly Jan 9, 2013 @ 6:29

      From time to time, I like the line from Galaxy Quest as a reminder to keep the danger level high:

      “…And it exploded.”

      • Robert Slater Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:52

        Actually used, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” in my NANOvel when they drive into a snow storm and it looks like hyperspace! 😉

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