DTD — 498 words, and the walls come a-tumbling down

The story is shifting under my feet, but what I got tonight was solid. I have to remember to make sure my main characters are concerned about their man down…but for right now, Ki has finally decided to come clean about who he is.

And even in coming clean, he isn’t going to give Aleksa the whole truth, and he’s going to let her jump to some false conclusions if he can tip her in that direction.

But that’s what I’ll face on Sunday night. For me, this is the end of the fiction week. I’ll be back on Sunday. (And maybe tomorrow with nonfictionish stuff.)

But both Friday and Saturday posts will go up so that if you’re writing on the weekend, you’ll have a place to record your progress.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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62 comments… add one
  • Danielle Lanois Aug 1, 2009 @ 0:06

    323, and I’m loving reading through what everyone else is writing about on here! It’s really cool to have access to so many writers – I don’t get to deal with many in my day-to-day life, and sometimes I forget that I’m not the only one dealing with icky scenes and characters that don’t cooperate… and when I’m dealing with those, it’s nice to be reminded that, sometimes, things are wonderful!

  • Kerry Jul 31, 2009 @ 19:14

    301 words yesterday, and 582 today. I had a hard time remembering exactly where the scene was meant to be going, but I got it back on track eventually. MC discovered he’s now in another world, and understandably, he’s freaking out. He doesn’t know the half of it yet. I have a feeling that tomorrow will be a fun writing day. >:D

  • Michelle Jul 31, 2009 @ 17:41

    Oh, I almost forgot. Anyone here who has the progress meter, can it be put uploaded to a website like face book or would I need my own personal website?

  • Michelle Jul 31, 2009 @ 17:37

    About 500 words so far today. Hopefully more before the end of the day. Finger crossed, but feeling tired now.

  • Roo Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:10

    Today’s lesson: You can also *cut* words to complete a piece.
    Who knew.

    3x word count, 2 pieces to go.

    (Long roads this summer. I’m so glad this is up here, Holly and everyone.)

  • ceecee Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:08

    Got to play with my Bad Guy inside an old Roman-Britain temple to the goddess Minerva–had no idea he was going there and would have to make sacrifices.( Eww–entrails.) Then got my Heroine kidnapped by Bad Guy’s assistant–but she fought him well. I also saw two or three nice toys lying on the floor when I quit today at 1,020 words. Have to let the whole thing marinate over next two days.
    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  • Kait Nolan Jul 31, 2009 @ 15:24

    I’m very pleased with the 668 words I got in yesterday. Not so much that they were good words (and they were parsed out over 3 different scenes), but just the fact that I go that many in within a big hurry. It was my hubby’s birthday, so I didn’t have much time to write!

  • Karen van Wyk Jul 31, 2009 @ 15:15

    I’m having a crisis at work at the moment and had to abandon the novel for a while. Slowly getting back to normal and I managed 394 words today.

    I’ve left one poor character with a terrible dilemma so I’m hoping things will flow nicely tomorrow while he tries to resolve it.

  • Stormlyht Jul 31, 2009 @ 14:15

    FINALLY finished chapter 3 of my main story. Boy was that heart wrenching. However! 1845 words later and it’s done! yay me! Very excited because now I am back to my *original* beginning and can move forward from there. Editing and rewriting (changing from 3rd person to 1st person and the story was written entirely in 3rd for 1st draft. ugh) the rest is next!

    • Roo Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:12

      Definitely Yay you. Especially switching POV – wow.
      Finishing is good. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Stormlyht Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:42

        Yeah, this story I’m working on is my very first year NaNoWriMo project (national novel writing month) so it’s over 50k of wrong pov. I realized this when I reread the thing like, 6 months later and was like… I need to really be in my MC’s head…. as soon as I started writing 1st person his hawk familiar started talking like crazy and now she won’t shut up. LOL It’s a lot of work, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s like the story just reforms as I’m switching POV. This is my first project that I’m planning on submitting so I’m spending a lot of time on it. I want it to be irresistible. *thinking positively*

  • Belle Jul 31, 2009 @ 11:57

    Happened again. The “awaiting moderation” line. I have had several posts not post due to this line. Kinda weird.

    Here’s my post again … No word count yesterday. Still researching. Books arrived. Old document in Italian half translated. I am almost good to go. My plan is to have notecards done by the end of Sunday, so writing will start again Monday.

  • Belle Jul 31, 2009 @ 11:56

    No word count yesterday. Still researching. Books arrived. Old document in Italian half translated – lots of ideas coming from it. I am almost good to go. My plan is to have notecards done by the end of Sunday, so writing will start again Monday.

    • Nancy Jul 31, 2009 @ 15:02

      Heck, just knowing you’re reading an old document in Italian gets my creative juices flowing. How cool is that?? Good luck!

  • Danielle Jul 31, 2009 @ 11:41

    I really need to type my stuff up so I know how many words it is….

    Wrapped up a sequence of scenes with my primary MC, then introduced a secondary one who’s a lovely mix of protagonist and antagonist (I believe the term is “anti-heroine”). I’m afraid it was a bit of a jarring transition, though, as it suddenly jumps from my Greco-Roman Atlantis to a pre-Mayan demigoddess. However, there IS a connection in the works, and that gives me hope. Have to work on smoothing that out….

    So, in addition to some parts of my story that I’m very happy with, I have two things on my to-do list. It was a productive day.

  • Colleen Jul 31, 2009 @ 11:26

    Nothing for the last few days, but I thought I should pop my head in. It really does help to see everyone else’s progress. I’m rooting for every one of you, and it helps motivate me.

    Well, “no words” is not precisely accurate. I’ve written probably over 10,000 words for The Paying Job this week, leaving precious little left in me for fiction. I did make several plot cards yesterday, though, and I have those sitting at my elbow now for if I need a break.

    • Sarah Collins Jul 31, 2009 @ 20:04

      I hear you on that one! I feel like I’m never caught up on The Paying Jobs! LOL. At least (for me) those are non-fiction. Makes it a little easier to switch gears. =c)

  • Shawn Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:37

    724. That’s pretty darned good for me. The pursuing bad guys have cornered our MCs. The next scene will introduce another main player. He will help the MCs learn something about what is happening to them, if not why. But first they have to get away from the soldiers. I’m pretty sure one of them is going to be critically injured in the fighting.

  • The Pencil Neck Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:23

    699 words.

    It’s 7:45PM in India right now. I’m wet from walking back to the room in the rain and I’m dead tired from working so long and not really getting enough good sleep.

    I’ve been writing in the mornings when I wake up but this morning, it was just all wrong. The scene just wasn’t talking to me. So i figured I’d just skip tday. Then I came back to the room 10 hours later and figured to try another scene. The scene AFTER the one I planned to write.

    It flew out. My sheriff (who’s no longer a sheriff) puts some pressure on a man he knows is guilty but he accuses the man of something the ex-sheriff knows the man’s not guilty of so that the man will go tell his boss. And lead the ex-sheriff up the food chain of evil.

    I think I’m going to sleep now.

    • The Pencil Neck Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:23

      Oh, and I know what needs to happen in the scene that wasn’t working now, too.

    • Roo Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:15

      “food chain of evil”

      Can I borrow this hilarious phrase? I can see it has many potential business applications. I will of course credit the author. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Shawn Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:43

        Now, see, I hadn’t read the original post when I read yours. “Food chain of evil,” struck me as a devious way for the evil organization to operate. Hooking people on their drug-laden burgers. Mind-control milkshakes are my favorite. I got the picture of a sort of BurgerKing gone bad. I always thought that the King was kind of creepy. Now I know why. “Food Chain of EVIL!”

      • The Pencil Neck Aug 2, 2009 @ 20:29

        Of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa R Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:16

    730 words. I was worried about how the next section of the book was going to go when last night a new character showed up. I really like her. The words flowed smoothly. It was a good night.

  • Dawn K. Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:09

    I had this scene and it became pregnant somehow and began giving birth to baby scenes, that are related to it. I don’t know if it’s having twins or triplets or what yet, and I’m not complaining, but boy am I confused. I had no idea this part of the story would be so big! At any rate 3,062 words today and several related things to go. It gets scary when the story runs away like this and I know where it’s going but I’m just not sure how it thinks it’s going to get there.

    • Nancy Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:14

      Wow! Great wordage. Clearly, the Muse is with you. Good luck on finding steady footing through the new terrain.

    • Erin T Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:24

      Wow, this is totally cool. A little unnerving, I imagine, but WAY cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Minze Jul 31, 2009 @ 9:24

    340-odd words today. Off to decorate a volcano cake for a dinosaur birthday party and pre-plan the next few scenes.

    • Sarah Collins Jul 31, 2009 @ 20:01

      I decorate cakes, too! Writing inspiration always seems to strike when I’m elbow deep in icing (okay, not literally) and can’t type a word. Maybe I need a tape recorder, LOL.

  • Erin T Jul 31, 2009 @ 9:14

    440 words yesterday. Finished what is for now the first scene. MC will soon blink and find herself in the unknown.

    • Nancy Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:13

      Sounds like fun. I love crossing worlds like that! Keep going!

  • Khena Jul 31, 2009 @ 9:08

    About 370 words. Still moving forward, but I’m having a lot of trouble staying focused this past week. Hopefully things will starting working out for me again soon.

  • Debora Jul 31, 2009 @ 9:01

    A lot of distractions this week. A plumber is coming over a third time to fix our dryer, and just the knowledge he’s going to show up seems to stop me from getting into the right writing mode. It’s hard to switch gears. Our car was also in the shop. Too many dollars later, it’s working fine. Add in a visit to the vet, with my elderly cat in tow. Plus various changes in schedule. It’s been that kind of week.

    I did get 475 words on Wednesday, and 484 yesterday, but it was not my best writing. I need to take a step back and figure out what I really want out of this scene. Plan to do some brainstorming this morning on the subject, so I can have a more productive day tomorrow.

    • Stormlyht Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:52

      Good luck! I know when there are a ton of distractions it makes it soooooo much harder to focus on what you want to write. I set a timer when I write and I have to turn it away from me because if I can see it, I start watching it and paying more attention to it than to my writing. Then I pressure myself, “I only have *blank* number of minutes left, have to get to this writing.” and it all goes bad from there. But when there’s people coming in the house it’s worse, ’cause then you’re thinking “they’ll be here by three… it’s two… they could come early…”.

      May you have much more luck tomorrow, and hopefully less hecticness!

      • Debora Aug 1, 2009 @ 7:22

        I actually do better on days when I know I have a limited time to write, because I have to push myself into writing mode more quickly.

        But can’t seem to get there when I know some strange man is going to show up between 9 and 12. What, go to the door, restrain the wildly barking dog, watch cat fly out the open door, and attempt to look, well — normal! — when I’m feeling anything but . . . .

        Thanks for the good wishes:-)

        • Roo Aug 1, 2009 @ 9:45

          “But canโ€™t seem to get there when I know some strange man is going to show up between 9 and 12. “

          Argh. The concentration killer. I had that twice this week.
          Best of luck with everything.

  • Jim Mitchel Jul 31, 2009 @ 8:59

    I completed the second scene for chapter seven. Still have several more scenes to goโ€ฆthis should be my longest chapter (at least so far).

    Word count for today: 271

  • Jessica Jul 31, 2009 @ 8:54

    0 for the first time in weeks. There was just too much stress in my personal life thanks to a messup by the bank and some other unforseen and unavoidable issues with my husband.

    I did write a crit for a friend’s work though. Tried to keep it positive criticism but there were a lot of errors and pointless scenes that had no relation to the story at all. I hope she doesn’t take it personally but I had to be honest about it.

    Got a good night’s sleep and I’m ready to go again. Getting closer to the 20K mark and I think I can make it there by Monday, so that’s my goal.

    • Sarah Collins Jul 31, 2009 @ 19:59

      I have a wonderful crit partner and, although I’m usually a ball of nerves when I go to open my file after she’s gotten her claws on it, I’ve been through enough with her to know I’ll have a much stronger chapter in the end. She’s often apologetic and begging me not to be mad in the e-mail, but in the attachment – yikes! (Total Jekyll and Hyde, LOL). But I can count on her honesty and I TREASURE that, even when it stings. (Even when I have to delete 7k words – yes, I’m still lamenting that, LOL) I know friendship muddies it up but if a writer can’t take the truth from his or her friends then s/he can forget taking it on the open water with the sharks. I hope your friend thanks you for your honesty and appreciates it! You’re doing a wonderful thing by her.

  • Charlene Teglia Jul 31, 2009 @ 7:53

    The only words I got were on the blurb I wrote for an upcoming book. (200 I think?) Spent the morning on pub business/email and the afternoon carting furniture out, but more words ahead today.

  • Larkk Jul 31, 2009 @ 7:50

    752 words, after going through notes, freewriting, whatever, just to keep things going. I’m starting to get some vague ideas, and I think the sapphire ring might be more significant than anyone suspected. Keeping my notebook at my side, hoping for something to pop into my head.

    • Jessica Jul 31, 2009 @ 8:44

      I like to do random google and wiki searches to get inspired when I feel stuck on something. I also recently found everythin2.com which has a lot of interesting ideas on, well everything. It warms up my muse until I get going on my own again.
      Only problem is you can get a little too interested in web browsing and then it becomes a distraction rather than a tool. So I limit my browsing time.

      • Larkk Aug 3, 2009 @ 9:13

        Thanks for the tip! Internet searches are a huge help, as long as I get back to the writing without getting hung up in them.

  • Mikaela Jul 31, 2009 @ 6:11

    Zilch. Zip. Zero. Cause I hurt my arm ๐Ÿ™ I plan to take the weekend off from writing, hoping it will be better on monday.

    • Nancy Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:11

      Feel better soon!

  • Greg Jul 31, 2009 @ 3:56

    Morning! Another 517 from me.

  • KQ Jul 31, 2009 @ 3:35

    601. Dragging. I have a short vacation coming up, so I probably won’t post until the middle of next week. I will post all of my progress then. Happy writing to all!

  • Cat (from HtTS) Jul 31, 2009 @ 3:27

    688 words and my MC is trying to bust her mentor out of a prison that’s supposed to be absolutely safe. Lucky for her, chance is on her side.

  • Brent B. Jul 31, 2009 @ 3:08

    Approached the scene too early, when nothing important is happening, because I wanted to foreshadow something coming later. Hopefully, I can find a better way to fit it together tomorrow. Not a total waste though. I got some needed details about the location out of the way.

    smiley faces to all

  • Ieva Jul 31, 2009 @ 1:11

    600+ words.
    I’ll take a break though, as I have to figure out wth goes on after this point (where I’ve heaped all the bad things imaginable on my protag’s head and can’t really imagine what else to add; so time for her to get moving).

  • Sarah Collins Jul 31, 2009 @ 1:06

    I edited chapter 16 and continued chapter 17, adding 170 words to my total. Only about six chapters to go before I finish the first draft!

  • Elise Jul 31, 2009 @ 0:29

    1056 words today. My hero is working on his Earthship in the desert and wondering if his feelings toward my heroine will lead him into trouble. I have a feeling they will.

    • Nancy Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:09

      *Cheshire cat grin* Of course they will!

      • The Pencil Neck Jul 31, 2009 @ 10:17


        They better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Patricia Jul 31, 2009 @ 0:08

    450 words on Blood Covenant, and Ryan (my MC) finally meets his guide. Some warnings and threats are said, some words exchanged, and pretty soon my two explorers will be ready to brave the unknown…finally! Good luck to everyone on their writing, and thank you Holly for having faith in us.

  • megan Jul 31, 2009 @ 0:03

    45 words written in the dark last night that lead to another 40 or so on the train to school today that gave me a good reason why my antagonist hasnt just killed my MC straight away. Well I hope it’s a good reason, seems to be so far, and it is better than no reason.

  • Clare K. R. Miller Jul 31, 2009 @ 0:03

    587 words today. My female MC is sitting at home bored, while my male MC and the former’s cousin are off to town to talk to the council. Don’t worry, soon she will be having her own adventures…

  • Nancy Jul 30, 2009 @ 23:52

    “Mphmm un shmfy mrvs”


    Or rather, 660 words — and several large motivating spoonfuls of pistachio almond ice cream later — I discover my mousey little acolyte has a sneaky, devious side. Which will turn out to be a very good thing for my MC, as the father-figure she’s been trusting with her life turns out to be sneaky and devious too. And not in a good way.

    Happy wordage, all!

    • Roo Jul 31, 2009 @ 16:08

      ‘โ€œMphmm un shmfy mrvsโ€



      A reward well-earned should indeed be well-enjoyed.

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