DTD — 318 words

It’s been a long, long day. I got words, I figured out a nice twist for my archeologists, and I’m confounding them with the absolute absence of enemies who might want to trash their reputations by planting a badly faked relic.

But I’ve got to get some sleep.

How about you?

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39 comments… add one
  • Don Aug 21, 2009 @ 19:42

    520 words not bad but I need to wrachet it up a notch if I’m going to make my Thanksgiving deadline, but slow and stedy makes good fiction.

  • Stormlyht Aug 21, 2009 @ 18:04

    1073 words on one of my main projects. I got at least 200 some odd on each of my main projects besides that, but this scene just jumped out at me and I had to write it. I can’t use it, cause there’s content in it that I can’t use where I’m planning on putting it up, but I’m really pleased at how it came out. I knew from the instant I wanted to write it that it was just going to be “background in my head” stuff, but I really, really love how this character is forming. He’s just as evil as I wanted him to be! *giggle*

    I guess a bad guy is supposed to be bad, right? Still, I’m glad I wrote it. It’s something I don’t even have to edit, since I’m not going to use it, and it rounds out what he’s like in his army camp in my mind, which is really useful for me. Even though I’m going through many POV’s in this story, I don’t think I’m going to be doing anything from his POV, so this let me get a little into his head.

  • Laura Aug 21, 2009 @ 17:24

    490 words tonight. Didn’t do any writing while abroad, there were too many things to see and do, plus I got seasick, but now I’m home and back on track. The FMC just found out that her twin sister is back in town, and she’s less than unhappy about it. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    Good luck everyone!

  • Cat (from HtTS) Aug 21, 2009 @ 15:42

    1992 word in my translation and then another of those weir recurring headaches hit. I know where they come from. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything about it before Sept. the 5th when I see my dentist (it’s not a hole. I tend to crunch my teeth at night and I got a thingy like a brace to stop myself but I can’t put a name to it).

  • Treelight Aug 21, 2009 @ 14:35

    I really begin to like my new villain. He is quite an entertaining character and fun to write about. So I’m already contemplaiting to NOT kill him in this book. The story would work just as well when he is temporarily beaten and simply seems to be dead to my MC’s. That way I could use him in the next book – if I ever write it and if I still want to use him again.

    Anyway, Grevorg allowed me to write 485 new words.

  • Clare K. R. Miller Aug 21, 2009 @ 14:09

    666 words yesterday! I am positively delighted with that number. My MC left to go look for the elves, didn’t find them (but had a good time on the shore anyway) and went back to the hotel to discover everyone frantically looking for her, thinking she’s been kidnapped again.

  • Scarlett Aug 21, 2009 @ 13:51

    No words today. Too many child centred arrangements and now completely bushed and too tired to do anything

  • Erin Kendall Aug 21, 2009 @ 12:47

    860 words last night. Waaaay over quota so it’s all good.

    3 scenes to finish this monster of a draft. 😉

    Cheers,
    Erin

  • Lisa R Aug 21, 2009 @ 10:11

    615 words. I ended chapter 10 and started chapter 11. Life is good!!! I will say though that my MC ended up having a curve ball thrown at her which I had planned. However, I also had a big red curve ball sent crashing at me. She is now being ostracized from the main castle grounds and sent to live with the dogs. I didn’t plan the living with the dogs. This is going to be a great adventure!

  • Patricia Aug 21, 2009 @ 10:10

    1,031 words last night, and Ryan unwittingly makes some enemies, which is quite dangerous when they’re all so much stronger and faster than he is. He’s still recovering from his dance with death the other day, so he’s feeling pretty helpless at the moment, and not being able to do anything makes him nervous.

  • Sarah Aug 21, 2009 @ 9:40

    Took the day off yesterday, and instead spent the day playing games with a friend, praying my mac would relinquish its files to the replacement notebook. Hurrah! Huzzah! The apple techs got every scrap of data rescued.
    Cat- That’s a great way to get the lesson in their heads, it sounds like. My friend showed me a cloud computing option that I’m going to take advantage of.
    The night was spent listening to half of a recorded lecture on the play Don Carlos with friends, and chocolate and pumpkin bread and red wine and coffee.

    • Sarah Collins Aug 21, 2009 @ 10:13

      Yay! I’m so happy for the daring rescue!

    • Patricia Aug 21, 2009 @ 16:34

      Thank goodness your data got rescued! Now make sure to save several copies in different places so that if something happens to your computer again you have back up. 🙂

  • Jessica Aug 21, 2009 @ 8:19

    610 and fixed/replaced the scene that didn’t feel right. Now it ties in much better and loops back to other threads. No guilt about tossing the 400 something words.
    Doubt and suspicion are really starting to set in with the POV character while the rest of the army is falling hook line and sinker for what their beloved General tells them.

    Just need to finish this scene up, add one more and then I’m back to the MCs and building up the action until things come to a head and the 2 worlds merge!

  • Debora Aug 21, 2009 @ 8:09

    437 words. I am content with that.

  • Larkk Aug 21, 2009 @ 7:45

    “Psst… C’mere, I have something to show you. I think you’ll like it,” said the Muse.
    “Huh? Listen, I’m busy right now.” I replied, annoyed but intrigued. “ My MC is in a heap of trouble, and it’s going to take a lot of writing to get him out of it.”
    “Oh, come on, take a break already. It’ll be fun,” he persisted.
    “Well, maybe. Will I learn something about my characters and get lots of words?”
    “Yup. Tons.”
    “I’m there. Let’s go…”

    3572 words on a scene that happens after the end of the novel and a fun writing night.

    • Patricia Aug 21, 2009 @ 9:53

      Isn’t it absolutely wonderful when that happens? I love it when the writing is like magic at your fingertips!

  • Khena Aug 21, 2009 @ 7:32

    A low count for me today, only 100 or so. But I had to cut some words to make a scene fit together correctly. I finally finished the scene though, so I can move on to something else! Which is a little different from the scene I had planned, but it’ll work.

    I’ve been reading an anthropology book on mortuary cannibalism and it’s really fleshing out some ideas I’ve been toying with for a new WIP. It doesn’t even have anything to do with the subject of cannibalism, but it ties in the with rituals. Finally hit the halfway point in my novel, and I’m plagued by other ideas.

    • Sarah Aug 21, 2009 @ 9:33

      Oh, man, that book sounds so cool!

      • Khena Aug 21, 2009 @ 12:14

        It’s a great book, and I’m only halfway through. If you are interested, here’s the info:

        Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society by Beth A. Conklin
        ISBN: 978-0-292-71236-2

  • Dena C. Aug 21, 2009 @ 6:38

    659 for me.

  • Leah Aug 21, 2009 @ 6:10

    929. not bad for 30-40 minutes of writing. important scene finished. the question: will the heroine find enough strength to reveal her knowledge about the Spy? to the hero? and will the way she found out also label her a lunatic?

  • Rob Aug 21, 2009 @ 5:35

    791. Not up to quota, but during this busy time at work, I’ll take what I can get. An emotional scene, but a short one. Shorter than I expected. I can already see ways to expand, but I’m not sure if that’s right for it. For now, I’m going to trust my Muse and leave it for the rewrite. Onward.

  • Ieva Aug 21, 2009 @ 3:41

    I’m still at zero. Having a flu combined with a stumbling point in the novel is not good.
    I actually don’t know whether it’s OK to post these depressing “I’m at zero but still working” comments 🙂 But anyhow, keep on going everybody. I’m here somewhere, in the background.

    • djmills Aug 21, 2009 @ 4:01

      Lots of fluids and rest so you can fight off the flu. Or was that for colds? Could try whiskey or rum. That works for me. 🙂

    • Dawn K. Aug 21, 2009 @ 6:31

      Fruit, fresh if available, is good for any illness. I hope you feel better soon. I think posting helps even when the count is zero. It reminds your mind that you have an appointment to write. All you have to do now is feel better and write. Best of luck. We’ve all had our ups and downs, so I’ll watch for your count to go up soon!

    • Sarah Collins Aug 21, 2009 @ 10:12

      Feel better soon, Ieva. =c)

    • Treelight Aug 21, 2009 @ 14:05

      I agree that it’s ok to post zero-word-counts.
      Everyone get’s ill once in a while. And a good friend actually managed to write a lot of her story during the week she had to stay at home.
      Besides I think it can help to get pass a difficult point in the story if you talk about it. I dare say here are willing listeners.
      Get well soon and don’t hesitate to ask for help!

    • Cat (from HtTS) Aug 21, 2009 @ 15:35

      Greetings from Germany; get better soon.

      • Treelight Aug 21, 2009 @ 22:30

        Oh, I had no idea that you are from Germany, too 🙂

    • laurel Aug 22, 2009 @ 2:56

      Feel better Ieva. Perhaps some nourishing dreams will make themselves known? Hope so.

      Sending good energy your way.

      Laurel

  • Greg Aug 21, 2009 @ 3:05

    D&D: 554 and someone drowning in a swamp.
    OFL: 1022 and some fleshing out of characters.

  • Brent B. Aug 21, 2009 @ 2:13

    Haven’t been posting regularly lately, but I managed to write 793 wed & 812 today. I don’t have all the scenes planned out, yet I do have a really clear picture of what’s going to happen for a little while. I wanted to write it down while its burning fresh in my mind. I will certainly have to stop at some point and figure out some more direction later on. More or less happy with what I’m getting, but it feels a little rushed, like the pacing is too quick, but I’m going to roll with it.

    MC, a race car driver, has been hunting down this woman (a model he saw on a billboard ad) because his gut tells him she has something to do with this freaking ghostly, and threatening, message that keeps plaguing him. He’s freaked out by this phantom message. It’s there one second and gone the next. He wants some answers from this woman.

    Cutting through some chase, the driver found her. Only she’s done been splattered all over the sidewalk. It appeared she jumped, or got pushed, from the top of the Lexington building. Either way, it ain’t right the way she’s laying – not at all. the woman’s blood had splayed out from her body in a god awful way and formed a nearly perfect cross, and her body landed – just exactly right – to make her look like Jesus Christ himself hanging from the cross. For a second, the driver felt really sorry for this poor woman, but then he felt even sorrier for himself – there went his only chance to get any answers.

  • The Pencil Neck Aug 21, 2009 @ 2:03

    1197 words. (Revision)

    My vampire thief tried to leave the scene of a murder but a petite woman threw him into a wall. When he took offense to that, she basically tossed him around like a rag doll, breaking his sternum, along with a lot of other damage. She kept asking him who made him and he didn’t know what she was talking about. After a bit of this, she finally figured out that he had been made by accident when his blood had been merged with that of a vampire (they had a pole rammed through them.) So now she’s going to take him to his “father” who’s in charge of teaching him the rules of vampiric society… most of which my MC had inadvertantly broken.

    The MC has doubts about this plan of action because the “father” vampire had been trying to kill the MC because my MC stole something from him. Something of sentimental value. Ooops.

  • Sarah Collins Aug 21, 2009 @ 1:30

    Netted +131 on the edit-IP and didn’t open my WIP. The first chapter of this edit has turned into a fabulous experience. The words which seemed perfect then are maturing before my very eyes now. It’s an incredibly satisfying and rewarding process and I can’t for the life of me figure out why I dreaded it with such a fiery passion. It’s a great lesson that it really doesn’t have to be stellar on the first go round – it fixes up beautifully when the time comes to add polish.

    • Gabby Aug 21, 2009 @ 9:02

      Sarah, that is very encouraging to hear! I’m stuck on just getting out of my beginning because I’m already so worried about the end product.

      • Sarah Collins Aug 21, 2009 @ 10:10

        Oooh, Gabby. I’m not the best person to have a POV on this because my Edit-IP is my first piece of fiction EVER (although I probably wrote some in grade school) but if it helps at all I just have to tell you I was WAY too worked up over the beginning. I would have saved a ton of time to just plan on going back to perfect it later. I found as my characters developed it was so easy to drop little tidbits in here and there to tell the story, which took a lot of the self-imposed pressure off the first chapter. Now that the back story is woven into the rest of the book, the info dump is gone and my first chapter is truly a first chapter and not an encyclopedia for the “life and times of” – LOL. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but I did cut about 700 words, leaving 2600, and took what was left of the back story and turned it into action. I just LOVE how it came together – particularly after I let it nag me all the way through. A lesson learned the hard way, but so valuable to me that it was well worth it! (The experienced authors are probably laughing at me, but I’m laughing too!)

  • Elise Aug 21, 2009 @ 1:11

    475 words. I realized what I wrote yesterday was out of sequence. Need to do some thinking and clarify the story development.

  • KQ Aug 21, 2009 @ 1:09

    602 for me, plus a lot of thought about my antagonists. Really happy with what I got.

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