Did Extra on SILVER DOOR Today

Got pretty close to 14,000 words done today. Why go over my 10,000-word goal? Because I had a couple of fairly clean chapters, and I know I’m not far from hitting the massacre, where I started ripping holes in the manuscript and writing cryptic little notes to myself like, “Write new scene, include monster, silver door, and (X) subtheme.” When I hit those sections, the book goes from being revision to being first draft PLUS revision, and takes a lot more time, and gets a lot meaner.

So covering extra ground today seemed like a good plan. And I had Jean to hang out with online, doing tens with me. We had a pretty productive day.

Tomorrow, it’ll be into the deep mess.

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By Holly

Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

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15 years ago

Some of the most innocent searches just weren’t meant to be made on Google, Vanity. The web is a strange and scary place. 😉

Holly: Do you have an egg timer surgically implanded to your arm yet? 🙂 But seriously, I love doing tens when I’m pounding out first draft. I had no idea I could write so fast and actually write GOOD stuff at that speed. But I thought doing rewrites with the timer might get too distracting. Perhaps not.

Where did you learn about doing tens like this? Was this just something you adapted yourself from timed writing? It’s pretty amazing how the practice can focus your thinking.

15 years ago

There’s nothing better than having someone to run tens with. And you’re the best. Thanks, again!

15 years ago

Forgive my ignorance, but what are tens? I just googled the term, but that was rather inconclusive (did you mean to search for “doing teens”?)

15 years ago

So you do the tens during revision too? Interesting.

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