When a Main Character Trips over a Secret Past – and 1310 words.

You think you know who your main character is by the time you get her more than halfway through Book 2. More than that, you KNOW she knows who she is. So today, my MC discovered that an event in her life that she thought had gone down one way did not. And she discovered… Continue reading When a Main Character Trips over a Secret Past – and 1310 words.

Wednesday with a lot going on — but rolled past 60,000 words and hit my target anyway

Rough morning… some of it just with the content of this particular scene, which was a pretty dark event from my main character’s childhood. I like what I got, and I got 1,577 words doing it, which continues to move me closer to finishing the first draft of this book early. I suspect, though, that… Continue reading Wednesday with a lot going on — but rolled past 60,000 words and hit my target anyway

Quick Update Because It’s Laundry Day: 1786 words, and cool twist!

So here’s where I started this morning. I began with a negative word count because when I read through what I wrote yesterday, some stuff had to go. Some days the destruction is a LOT worse than this, but I did want to show that when I start in, my negative word counts do show… Continue reading Quick Update Because It’s Laundry Day: 1786 words, and cool twist!

Beat the headache. 1278 new words, and a good twist.

First, the headache, because it was the biggest obstacle I faced this morning. Over the holidays, we did an intentional, planned drift away from keto so that we could have some fun foods. Pies, you know, and cookies, and stuff like baked potatoes and stuffing. We hadn’t done this before, but we hadn’t dealt with… Continue reading Beat the headache. 1278 new words, and a good twist.

Oh, BOY! Good, good, writing day today.

So… this morning I got my favorite line so far in the Ohio #2 novel. It’s subject to change during revision, of course, or outright deletion if I come up with something better, but right now it’s this. If you can catch them, you can eat them. Can’t throw in the context, except to note… Continue reading Oh, BOY! Good, good, writing day today.

An Easier-Than-Expected Day on Ohio #2

I’d written a small chunk of an earlier version of this first draft that mostly didn’t work, so I bailed on it partway though and started again, moving from Apple Pages back to Scrivener at the same time. Today, I hit the point where I was able to reuse a good piece of what I’d… Continue reading An Easier-Than-Expected Day on Ohio #2

A good and angry Tuesday – the novel’s midpoint conflict comes to life

Tuesday Jan 5, 21 word count: 50,400 of 90,000

Was at work by nine (I slept in a little) and just finished my words. Goal is always 1250, and I got 1412 — so I came out a little ahead. If you look at my screen shot of the word counter, you can see that I could have quit at 1242 and still stayed… Continue reading A good and angry Tuesday – the novel’s midpoint conflict comes to life

Resetting my Ohio #2 deadline… Because “holidays and weekends” are a real thing. And so’s math.

I had to redo my schedule. I forgot about holidays, about taking time off — and I also forgot to figure weekends — and the fact that I don’t write on them — into my schedule. To hit my deadline date, I would have ended up trying to hit 2500 words a day, and I’m… Continue reading Resetting my Ohio #2 deadline… Because “holidays and weekends” are a real thing. And so’s math.

The Ghost Who’ll Be Coming to Ohio

"What happened to Julie? She was here..."

The text message at the top of this post (which I sent to Matt at 3:34 AM on 12/6/20) includes the date and time because my half-sister, Julie, died in 2016, before her birthday, which was December 3rd. I got the news of her death from my older son, Mark, who called Matt while we… Continue reading The Ghost Who’ll Be Coming to Ohio