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: Writing Life
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)
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… Continue reading Big Progress, Scary Scene on Ohio 3 today.
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
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… Continue reading Another fine writing day being mean to my characters
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