Had no sleep last night, feel like crap. 127 words

By Holly Lisle

It’s something. That’s all I can say.

I’m going to do two more small things today, and then go sack out on the couch.


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I’m looking good to beat my deadline on Ohio #4

By Holly Lisle

So… <evil laugh>… today went well. I got 1251 words of my 1250 needed.  

And I now only have 12,288 words left to hit my 90,000 on this novel. I might run a little longer, but I don’t think it’s going to be much over that.

12,228 words to THE END

Yeah, I did the math. And took a picture to show you.

Because things keep clicking on this book. Pieces from the earlier three keep connecting into what I’m doing now in ways that I don’t expect, and everything keeps making the even that has to happen at the end of this novel to set up the FINAL novel… just work.

I didn’t expect any of this, or plan it. But I did plan things like it. My characters are just a lot more invested in their survival than I anticipated.

Good, good writing day, and one that leaves me eager for tomorrow.

If I keep getting my 1250 words a day, I’ll wrap this novel up in two weeks. 

That might not happen. But it’s nice to realize that it could.

Figure, I wasn’t planning on being done with this novel until November 15th. A few days early is ALWAYS cool.


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Ya gotta love an evil plan…

By Holly Lisle

…And in Book 4 of the Ohio Series, way toward the end, (where I only have about 14,000 words left to finish the damn thing…

The Evil Plan just crawled out of the woodwork.

Not just for my characters.

FOR. 

ME.

I’m at roughly seventy-six thousand words in the FOURTH book of the series, with only one more book to go to wrap SERIES ONE…

And NOW the monsters let me know what they’re up to?!

NOW?!

Yep. Apparently now. It’s way better than anything I could have planned, because it so much meaner than anything I would have planned, and so much BIGGER, and so… horrible.

And while I know my brain does this shit all the time, and while I know that no matter what I’ve planned, my subconscious mind is going to be actively working to make all of that feel too stale and too small when it hits me with its next bit of better…

It’s still always a shock when it happens.

So. Today was… AWESOME!

And even more so because there’s not a single thing that landed on my head today that’s going to have to be retrofitted into the nearly 400,000 words I’ve already done.

I’m all about the HAPPY DANCE today, lemme tell you.


Now, I’m off to work on the HollysWritingClasses.com replacement website for the next four or five hours. Wish me luck.

[And for my writing students following this blog, I’m not going to flog the current class discounts via email. I am going to say here that prices on the classes are going to return to normal as soon as the new version of the site goes live. And that is going to be AS SOON AS WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN, BECAUSE our old software is now way too creaky and old to keep using.]

Anyway… Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you in here next Monday.


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BAM! Rough start goes to “I love this I love this” and surprising myself!

By Holly Lisle

First, a bit of grousing about numbers accounting on the damn scene.

Two days in a row, now, I have accidentally with one keyboard command deleted a big section of not just my words for the day, but the rest of the words in the chapter. 

It’s an easy fix. You just paste it back.

Unfortunately, when you paste it back, Scrivener loses your count for the day by subtracting the words you cut… and then adding everything you pasted back in as new words.

So, having in fact written exactly 45 words so far this morning, my word counter now shows that I’ve written 1308 — the number now in the chapter.UntitledImage

But there’s no way that I can find to reset the wordcount for the day to zero, and I’m not in the mood to dig through the internet or the somewhat squiffy software documentation to see if there’s a way to do this.

So to hit my REAL goal for the day, I’m going to have to hit 2445 words.

And I’m writing the number here so that I don’t lose track of my actual objective.

And so that when that shows up in the blog, you will not be unduly impressed. 

Okay. Back to the actual words.

And now it’s 9:26-ish AM, and I hauled ass and got them. The big 2,484 words is actually just a smidge over my 1250 objective for the day.

But the words… oh, BOY, the words.

I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen when my MC talked to my visitor.

And what happened was that my small town, through the visitor, is about to get global reach and power in a really terrible way.

From the characters’ perspective, this is horrible beyond belief.

From my perspective as writer… it was just AWESOME. I love the way this think keeps surprising me, and love the way it’s flying along, twisting every time I think I know what’s going to happen next…

INSERT EVIL GRIN HERE

And I just wrote down the new Scene Sentence for tomorrow in the manuscript so that I won’t forget it.

Because… DAMN. I can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow.

 

Now, however, I have to go work on the complete site rebuild and classroom overhaul of HollysWritingClasses.com for the rest of the day.

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Wow! WOW! A character gamble and last week’s wandering PAID OFF!

By Holly Lisle

I was LOST. 

Gut said to shut up and keep going. And I spent a lot of time today fiddling with the outline, and trying to understand what the stuff I wrote last week meant…

And then, HOLY CRAP!!!

Someone I never expected showed up at my MC’s door, and was the person who gave me such a bad time last week, and this week, all of a sudden, I found out what all that strangeness and storm und drang and wandering was about.

It went CLICK like a well-oiled machine.

Things are going to get deadly again.

But the character who switched teams on me this week is going to make the rest of the week’s writing a blast.

HEART

1296 words today (and I fixed the damn “working hours” timer in Scrivener early today so that it didn’t eat them on me again when it took me a really long time to get them)… and 72,229 total.

And there’s a happy dance going on over here, let me tell you.


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Exhaustion wins. 977 words, and calling it a day

By Holly Lisle

Have been at this since 8 AM. Needed 1250 words. Did not get them.

But I’ll rest over the weekend, and come back at this fresh on Monday, and see what happens.

Right now, short on sleep, just exhausted, I have to concede that sometimes attempting to force your way through to your word-count objective doesn’t work.


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A moment of constructive chaos catches villains in action

By Holly Lisle

Fun, fun writing today. I got to pull out all the stops getting my good guys into position to catch bad guys attempting to do very bad things — and the scene went off without a hitch.

Chaos is a lot of fun to plot, especially when it is the finely-crafted impression of chaos set up by folks who, it’s going to turn out later, had been working on this chaos behind the scenes for a while, and who finally got a good opportunity to break out their plan and take it for a drive.

I got 1306 words out of 1250 planned, and a total of 69,362 on Book Four. Tomorrow I should (all things being equal) roll well over 70,000.

And I remain on schedule to get the book done by November 15th.

I’m very happy with what I accomplished today.

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Words went well, bad things happened…

By Holly Lisle

And once again, I loved what I got.

My poor, poor characters…

And I got 1351 words, and am now at 68,056 — and the villains in town have just done something really interesting, and my MC just got to see the first tip of a brand new iceberg…

But I now have to go work on the massive overhaul of the HollysWritingClasses.com site.

My moderators and I are rebuilding the whole thing (offsite, of course). I’m estimating that it’ll take us between two and four months to get the whole thing overhauled.

It will, however, be spiff as hell when it’s done.


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Ohio today — monsters and dinner

By Holly Lisle

Things have gotten pretty dicey in small-town Ohio. The bad guys brought in things far too evil to be mentioned by name in a blog post, and a couple of the good guys have become lunch.

I got 1139 words, and hit the logical place to stop for the day, so I did. Still have a bunch of hours of work ahead of me working on the HollysWritingClasses.com site update/upgrade.

But, MAN, do I love the words I got today.  66,734 total… and I’m already excited about what I’ll be writing tomorrow.

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So today I’m sixty-one… RIGHT…

By Holly Lisle

We had our little pizza and birthday-pie (I’m not a cake fan) celebration last night, because Matt doesn’t have today off.

So today, while I AM going to be taking the day off from the novel, I’m working on fixing the HollysWritingClasses.com website.

Doing a big overhaul, upgrading stuff to a new platform and new software, moving ALL the students and class owners…

This isn’t going to be done today. The actual work of it isn’t even going to be STARTED today. Today, my moderators and I are just figuring out the new software, and trying to find the easiest ways to bring everything over.

And…

I’m kind of thrilled, actually. I love doing this stuff — and I keep seeing how much more smoothly everything is going to work, and how much more fun it’s going to be to use.

And I’m still keeping my promise to myself that I would not work on the novel on my birthday.


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