Hoo, BOY!!! 1356 words, and the conclusion to my favorite scene in the book so far!

By Holly Lisle

I have 38,397 words in a novel that I’m thinking will need 90,000 to be finished.

Today’s scene was actually the midpoint scene of the novel — the point where everything changes.

So it’s not in the right place, and to get it to fit the book and be in the right spot, I’m going to have to drag it to the midpoint, and then build out the events that lead up to it.

I’m okay working like this. Scrivener is, in fact, designed so I CAN work like this. What I’ll have to do is write several new thirty-word scene Sentences, drag them to the correct spots, and then go back and write the couple of disasters that took us to this point.

But today, like yesterday, the words flew, and while I had no clue what I was going to write until I wrote it, it fit, and it moved me, and I love what I got.

Days like this are pretty rare. I’m thrilled that I had two of them in a row.

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“Something wicked…” might be me!

By Holly Lisle

Mondays can be hard starts. You’re back into work after taking the weekend off, you’re a bit cold on the book because you spent the previous week re-launching your writing classes and your mind has been elsewhere…

And the first hour, I did some gear-grinding and backing and filling trying to get back into the story.

Until I remembered what the guy who’s in the current few scenes does for a living.

And realized that the town has a river I know really well (both in the fictional version and the real one), and thought about what rivers can hide…

And when I had that realization, all of a sudden my fingers couldn’t move fast enough to get the words out.

GOD, I had fun!

Days like this, you just want to keep going…

But if you stop when you hit your word goal (or run a bit over it, actually, but not enough to hurt anyone), you can have a whole week of days like this.

So now I’m going to go work on HollysWritingClasses.com, getting my classes back on sale, and talking to new students, and seeing what it would take to set up a couple of virtual chats.


<pursued by the echoes of my wicked giggles>

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I got words today. (Yep, even with a launch going on)

By Holly Lisle

I got the things I needed to do on the HollysWritingClasses.com site launch finished, then set up Ohio 5… and got 1,013 words.

And I like them. They’re dark, and grim, and they surprised me. What I thought was going to happen didn’t… but what did happen was better.

Not happier. But it makes more sense, and it shows that sometimes there are no easy ways to get where you have to go.

My guys are right in the middle of The Hard Way… and the scene worked for me far better than what I had planned.

Going to shoot for 1250 again tomorrow, and pick up where I left off.

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Epic Stakes Day: 29,243 words total, 1045 words for the day, and bigness

By Holly Lisle

About a third of the way into Book 5, and today’s words were a blast.

Crazy fun (for me). 

My main character has both just discovered the magnitude of the problem she faces, and has come up with an idea that may help her (and her allies) solve it.

It’s dangerous, of course.

And the stakes if she fails could not be higher.

And she still has a problem she hasn’t identified staring her in the face.


I love where the book is going, and I cannot wait to write the next scene.



Gotta be tomorrow, because right now, I have to get back to getting the HollysWritingClasses.com Half-Price Ten-Day sale built, and that work, unlike writing fiction, is finicky, precise, exacting, requires complete silence and absolute concentration…

And is not fun at all.

And can only be done by me.

Once it’s done, though, I’ll have solved the final problem I face with the new website, and can get back to writing fiction, and hanging out in the forums and doing upgrades on the writing classes.

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Two hours of fiction, nice progress, and wickedness afoot

By Holly Lisle

My MC just met someone who’s going to be important in her life, at least briefly. And has finally discovered the source of the amazing smells coming from one of her neighbors’ houses.

While absolutely terrible things that have been running amok have been, for a moment, slowed down.

The temporary sense of things coming under control is premature, of course.

Very good, very happy writing day. I love what I got, I love the people I’m writing about.

1156 words, 28,198 total, and I left myself in a very good place for tomorrow.

But now it is time to go build pricing boxes and make sure I don’t have any MORE products I forgot to set up for the ten-day half-price writing class sale.

The Ten Day Half Price Writing Class Sale should have started tomorrow, but I’ve delayed the kickoff until NEXT Tuesday (April 18), because I discovered that I hadn’t even set lesson timers on a couple of classes, and I would have had to work the entire weekend to get those missing timers set, AND set up the rest of the pricing boxes, AND build out products shopping carts on the couple of classes I’d missed in the every-second-week versions… and I was exhausted from the previous week’s work, and I would have been prone to error.

This way, there’s no gawdawful rush. I can get my words, do what has to be done, and NEXT Tuesday when the sale goes live, I’ll still be happy and relaxed and in a good mood. Instead of a frazzled wreck running on no sleep.

On that happy note, I’m off to do during five days and normal work hours what I did not try to squeeze into two days working awful hours. 

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My poor main character!!! 419 words on Ohio 5, and 26,148 total — AND Writing Classes Stuff

By Holly Lisle

First, the words, because without the words, none of the rest of this would mean anything.

I got a solid chunk of a nice scene written today, added to the overall twisty-ness of the fifth book in the series, and both made things easier and made things more difficult for the villain… with one fun little move.

And by “nice scene” I mean that I did terrible things to my main character, while planning to do even worse things to her tomorrow.

So while I didn’t get a ton of them, I had a great time figuring out the bits I did.

On to the REST of my day, which I’m now getting started on.

I’m building out pricing boxes for the Half Price Ten-Day Sale over at HollysWritingClasses.com.

I promised folks who had been locked out on the old (and now happily dead and deleted and gone forever) site that they would get a chance to buy the classes at half price.

Since I did not wish to build a separate, hidden second shop from which to sell all the courses as a second price to just the folks who got locked out, there’s going to be a ten-day sale which my folks can take advantage of, and during which all of my classes (except for the Clinics, which have undergone a massive, permanent price drop) will be available for half price. 

If you’re HollysWritingClasses.com writer, and you want to be invited to the members-only launch, join the Launch List mailing list here.



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761 New Ohio 5 Words… and a face-to-face with a feisty hero

By Holly Lisle

In spite of everything (and right at the moment, the HollysWritingClasses.com website and getting it live seems like the monster EVERYTHING that’s stomping out of the ocean to invade Tokyo), I got words this morning.

And I like them. I’m about to arm one of my MC’s newest buddies with ancient weapons and set him against a high-tech, well-armed enclosure to attempt a rescue… 

And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Now, however, I have to go back to setting up the 50%-off ten-day new-site launch sale. I’m doing pricing boxes… which is right up there in entertainment value with… well… metaphors fail me.

I’m somewhere between planting acorns and watching them turn into oaks, and things that involve impact zones between big fat books and foreheads.

But, dammit.

It will be done, and once it’s done, it’ll be spiffy as hell.

So… on to that.

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More good words: 762 for the day, 24,969 total… and heading somewhere I didn’t expect

By Holly Lisle

Books surprise you. Characters surprise you. And my two MCs are, after a bit of stress and angst, heading toward a solution I didn’t see coming from a character I had not expected to take on a role of major importance.

But this is what characters do. They start out looking like these goofy buggers on the fringe, just there so they can have anvils dropped on them, and all of a sudden they grab on and do something really damn important.

Good writing day. Would have been longer if I weren’t still working on the website, but I am getting the HollysWritingClasses.com relaunch set up.

Date for the reopening is t I have just got to get through this mess before I can get back to writing as the BIG job.

It’s still the first job, though. And the best one. 😀

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Back to the OHIO words: 755 today,

By Holly Lisle

During the worst of the site rebuild, when we were trying and failing to get writers into their classes, I didn’t get any fiction written.

That was a rough few days.

But we have everyone in, we now have a way to add their classes, and we’re close to opening the classes to new students.

So today, I both slept in (which was really nice), and then gave myself an hour to work on the novel (which was even nicer).

And I love what I got.

But… BOY, am I mean to my characters.

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Got my words first thing. 976 for the day, 20,974 total — and the train jumped back on the track.

By Holly Lisle

The book smacked me in the head. Said, “Yo, dumbass… you’re still going exactly where you thought you were going when you had that great revelation, and THIS is how you’re going to get there.”

Said it in that snarky know-it-all voice that made me want to punch it, too.

But it was right.

And I got a really good scene today. HAH.

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