Some days, writing is like flying — it’s effortless, and exciting, and maybe a bit scary and windy, especially when the ground seems a long, long way down. But these are the days when you have to pull yourself away from the words when all you want to do is keep going. I managed to… Continue reading The Mystery Deepens… Ohio 4 and Important People Lying
Category: How To Think Sideways
So… TODAY was epic…
Still working from my line-for-scene outline, today the scene i started yesterday just took off. I now have 9245 words done on the first draft. I got 1432 words today, AND discovered the thing I needed to see, and it was completely different than I’d been imagining… but I love it so much. Some days… Continue reading So… TODAY was epic…
‘Twas a fine day in writing land… with vengeance…
You know how you have heroes who you watch take a beating from the world, and get trampled by minions who’ve taken over something they’ve created? And you watch the over-throwing bastards who trample them ruin all the good stuff they made, and make a complete mess of this wonderful thing they put into the… Continue reading ‘Twas a fine day in writing land… with vengeance…
A very good Ohio Wednesday… and a disturbing twist
I got 1319 words today, nicely over my 1200-word objective. And I like what I got. Yesterday’s stuff was funny, but today’s words got serious as my main character and a friend of hers started investigating a project they want to take on — and my MC pointed out that there are some significant dangers… Continue reading A very good Ohio Wednesday… and a disturbing twist
The Other Shoe Dropped — Ohio 4 and the Friday “Say WHAT?!”
In the first version of these novels, I had one main character who I was having do a lot of chasing around because my main character was being stubbornly stupid about an activity that was bad for her — except she refused to see it. I made her smarter. And because she stopped doing stubbornly… Continue reading The Other Shoe Dropped — Ohio 4 and the Friday “Say WHAT?!”
And… YEP… Still outlining on Ohio Four
And there’s really not a lot you can say about that. It’s one 30-word sentence per scene that has to encompass the essence of the chapter while moving the whole story forward, and it is a pretty fast, efficient way to give yourself a migraine. It works. It’s essential to my process of getting books… Continue reading And… YEP… Still outlining on Ohio Four
Still outlining Ohio 4, but got sidetracked by writing the first chapter.
It happens. You get about half of your 30-word chapter Sentences written, and this GREAT first sentence for a chapter pops into your head, so you go ahead and you write down that sentence because you know if you don’t you’ll forget it… And about 600 words later, you realize that you haven’t finished outlining… Continue reading Still outlining Ohio 4, but got sidetracked by writing the first chapter.
Ohio 4… The outline is now in progress
Not much to say about that — it’s line-for-scene outlining, and the plotting out of the whole book before leaping in to write it is essential to not wrecking the damn thing going around a hard curve. I got a bit sidetracked — writing 722 words of the intro chapter (just to get my head… Continue reading Ohio 4… The outline is now in progress
Ohio 3 is now done in first draft!
57,841 words total. I like the story. I love the ending. And now the novel gets to sit quietly for a while as I plot the replacement Ohio 4. In revision, it will probably get a bit longer. Most of my stuff does. Based on some very good advice, I am, however, now considering doing… Continue reading Ohio 3 is now done in first draft!
Technically, I finished Ohio 3 this morning…
I’ll start my read-through, Monday. And I am considering the possibility of a final very short chapter to point the book toward Book 4. I have the empty file sitting in my template. But I’m not sure the “summation” chapter is needed, and I won’t know until I’ve finished the read-through. The book is currently… Continue reading Technically, I finished Ohio 3 this morning…