I hit a part of the novel today that I got way, way wrong in first draft. And while I’d estimate that in FACT I wrote close to 2000 words — over a period of three straight hours of hauling ass — what I was left with after ripping out that big first-draft nosedive into… Continue reading Today was a heavy, brutal rip-through… but I like what I got in the end
Category: How to Write a Novel
Got ALL of Chapter 7 today — 4080 words, and JOY! (And a total count of 43,265)
Today’s writing turned into what’s mostly a dark, mean chapter — there’s a lot of bad stuff going on for my MC and someone really important to her. Except for this one luminous, beautiful moment that made come together and just really sing. This was one of the chapters I got very close to right… Continue reading Got ALL of Chapter 7 today — 4080 words, and JOY! (And a total count of 43,265)
Good OHIO 3 words, a new neighbor, a weird twist… and DANGER — 1233 words, 34,447 total
I cannot believe how fast this scene came together — and this wasn’t even anything I pulled out of the first draft. This was all new, all scary, and creepy in a way that I didn’t manage in the first run through this book. I didn’t see it coming… but I cannot wait to get… Continue reading Good OHIO 3 words, a new neighbor, a weird twist… and DANGER — 1233 words, 34,447 total
Today was a plotting day…
I got 391 new words, but I also had to figure out the logistics of the problem into which I’ve thrown my hero — and she’s really, really unhappy with me now. I’m pretty damn happy with myself now. Today was a Mean Girl™ day, in which, for the good of the story, I did… Continue reading Today was a plotting day…
It’s been a good writing week… but today was EPIC — 4220 words, and a major plot twist
When your fingers are moving so fast you can’t quite keep up with them, because you cannot wait to see what’s going to happen next, that could be described as a GREAT writing day. That was today. And holy crap, I love what I got. I was MEAN today. Bad things happened to a character… Continue reading It’s been a good writing week… but today was EPIC — 4220 words, and a major plot twist
OHIO 3-More of the giddy WHEE… on target, with good words, NICE twist
I love what I got today. I did mean things to characters I love, and one of them is in SUCH big trouble. I know the broad issue, but have no clue what the details are… but I’ll get to investigate the details tomorrow. But now, on to chores, and Real Life(TM)!
A RIDICULOUSLY good Friday — 3927 words, 24,247 total — and wicked joy
After my main character got to experience the deep joy of finding a true friend yesterday (my time, not hers)… she is now facing the potential of horrible loss. So I’m sitting here after getting a good run of words that led to a cliffhanger, a I’m a bit teary-eyed over what’s just happened (YES,… Continue reading A RIDICULOUSLY good Friday — 3927 words, 24,247 total — and wicked joy
The words FLEW, I tell you. They FLEW!
It’s not even 9 AM, and I already finished my words for the day (and even ran over a bit). My objective was 1000 words, and I got my scene, and 1,173 brand new words. Better yet, they fit the line-for-scene outline, they move the story forward — and they are angry. These are words… Continue reading The words FLEW, I tell you. They FLEW!
Ohio 3 goes dark — 1331 words and an unexpected callback
And darker yet. My MC had one of those “best news in the world, worse news in the world” days today. And while she had the last part of truly wonderful news, I got a big chunk of writing to finish up Chapter 3 and got 729 words into Chapter 4 before I managed to… Continue reading Ohio 3 goes dark — 1331 words and an unexpected callback
Ohio 3: A thing about family – the VERY good writing day
Today was a tough writing day — not because of getting the words, but because the words are about things that hit me hard. Family, and what that world could mean, and should mean, and also what it sometimes doesn’t. This chapter is deep inside the magic of the world… and the conflict there comes… Continue reading Ohio 3: A thing about family – the VERY good writing day