Category: WRITING CLASSES

  • That which cannot be unseen… 45,783 and 699 for the day.

    That which cannot be unseen… 45,783 and 699 for the day.

    This was a tough scene to write. It was emotional, and painful, and just mean. But it allowed me to bring together two characters who need to build a relationship that’s going to affect the rest of the novels… And it sets me up to bring BACK a character who has been silent so far…

  • Today was a heavy, brutal rip-through… but I like what I got in the end

    Today was a heavy, brutal rip-through… but I like what I got in the end

    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…

  • Got ALL of Chapter 7 today — 4080 words, and JOY! (And a total count of 43,265)

    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…

  • Big Progress, Scary Scene on Ohio 3 today.

    Big Progress, Scary Scene on Ohio 3 today.

    According to Scrivener’s word counter, I got 5,508 words today. About 2000 of them were brand new. The others were stuff I managed to save out of the previous version… and while I’m pretty sure some of those will be going away tomorrow, I don’t think it will be all that many. THIS part of…

  • Good OHIO 3 words, a new neighbor, a weird twist… and DANGER — 1233 words, 34,447 total

    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…

  • Another fine writing day being mean to my characters

    Another fine writing day being mean to my characters

    I’m now more than a third of the way through the draft, and I’m right on target with both the word count and the story. The line-for-scene outline holds. The plot is tight, the action is tense, and I had a hard time stopping, because while I know GENERALLY what happens next, I won’t know…

  • Hah!!! MONDAY obeys!

    Hah!!! MONDAY obeys!

    I got the words on the novel — 992 for the day, to be exact, and 32,021 total on Ohio 3, and I was cruel to my characters, and twisty with that’s happening just out of sight… so GOOD writing day. But I also got a bunch of words on something for writers that I’m…

  • A RIDICULOUSLY good Friday — 3927 words, 24,247 total — and wicked joy

    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,…

  • OHIO 3: MURDER… and another solid writing day!

    OHIO 3: MURDER… and another solid writing day!

    The words went happily and twistily today, and I’m delighted with what I got. Evil is afoot, (and probably a couple of knees, and a hand or two), and my main character has just had her whole life flipped upside-down. Nice thing to have happen in Book Three. So now I’m getting to work on…

  • Attics and Basements and Monsters, Oh, MY!!!

    Attics and Basements and Monsters, Oh, MY!!!

    Good writing day today in spite of having to fight with some software. Not the software’s fault, but owning both the version sold by Apple and the version sold by the software’s creator… Should not be news to anyone, but buying from the creator turns out to be the way to go. You get fantastic…