Calm before the storm day: 1428 words, and 84,814 total

Next Monday, all hell is going to have to break loose in Tori’s world, but today was… nice. Relaxing. She and someone who is going to be important in her life from now on got the chance to meet each other after a long and harrowing ordeal in finding each other. I was grateful that… Continue reading Calm before the storm day: 1428 words, and 84,814 total

My MC meets her helpers… Uh-oh! 1300 words, and 83,915 total

I left myself in a good place yesterday to pick up the story today, and it went well. At this point, I’m having to keep reminding myself not to over-build the world… but the characters I met today are going to become some fun points of conflict in the final two books in the series.… Continue reading My MC meets her helpers… Uh-oh! 1300 words, and 83,915 total

What’s in a legacy? 1264 words, and 73,586 total for Novel #3

My MC today discovered the details of the legacy her grandmother left her — things that she should have known months earlier, when she first returned home. With the full extent of her inheritance revealed to her, she’s also discovered that there were things she did wrong when she first returned home, and one critical… Continue reading What’s in a legacy? 1264 words, and 73,586 total for Novel #3

What’s in Grandma’s attic? — 1286 words, and 72,321 total

I had kind of a hard start this morning — was up way too late last night, and didn’t sleep well once I got to bed, and then woke up at pretty much my regular time (just after 7 am instead of 6:30-sh). So I would have expected to be off my game. But I’d… Continue reading What’s in Grandma’s attic? — 1286 words, and 72,321 total

Basements, attics, and the Shudder Factor – 1740 words, 71035 total

Ohio Novel Three has shifted strongly away from my updated line-for-scene outline (as they have all done in this series), but again, what I got today still managed to build on the overall five-book plan. It’s the usual issue of strategy versus tactics — the overall book strategy holds, but on the ground, the tactics… Continue reading Basements, attics, and the Shudder Factor – 1740 words, 71035 total

Winging it: 1259 words, and chasing into the darkness.

I loved today.  The story has moved away from my plans, so I am outlining each new scene before I write it, still with the same landing place at the ending as my objective. The story and series structure will remain the same, but the events taking place inside of Book 3 are getting some… Continue reading Winging it: 1259 words, and chasing into the darkness.

A fine and dangerous day: 1358 words, 64,813 total

The scene rose up around me and pulled me down into it today — it started with my main character doing her job in the present while worrying about the things going on around her that are life-or-death, and that she cannot control, or help with, or make better in any way — and from… Continue reading A fine and dangerous day: 1358 words, 64,813 total

Great Ohio words (1264) and Summer of Writing Fiction 2021 goes live today! SOFW DAY 1

Last week, the story hit some pretty rocky shoals, and I had to do a lot of backing and filling. Today… none of that. The backing and filling left me in a really good spot, and I found my characters and the conflict today the second I sat down, did a scene that started in… Continue reading Great Ohio words (1264) and Summer of Writing Fiction 2021 goes live today! SOFW DAY 1

One step forward, two steps back — and the middle part of the middle book of the Ohio series

Yesterday after I finished writing and shut down for the day, I ran through what I’d done and realized that I’d introduced an element into my story that would, if I kept writing it, take the series in a wrong direction. I hated where the series would go with if I held onto those words.… Continue reading One step forward, two steps back — and the middle part of the middle book of the Ohio series

Yup. That worked like gangbusters: 1376 words, 58,903 total

I ripped out a big chunk of happy, and replaced it with mean, bad, terrible, monstrous, scary… The happy is now all the way at the end of the book, where it belongs, not right smack dab in the middle where things are supposed to be going from bad to worse. So now things are good —… Continue reading Yup. That worked like gangbusters: 1376 words, 58,903 total