Fun, Joy, Surprises, and The Way You Want A Writing Day to Go

Some writing days are just wonderful, and amazing, and fun from beginning to end… and you have to appreciate them when you have them, because a lot of them aren’t.

So this is me being joyfully grateful.

In spite of the fact that I got nearly three thousand words today, I actually only wrote about 1500 new ones. The others came from scenes I sort of remembered writing in two different failed starts of Book 2, in which I went off in wrong directions. (THOSE two false starts, you see, are excellent examples of the OTHER kinds of writing days.)

After the second crash, of course, I did a careful line-for-scene outline using a new technique I’ve come up with.

Today, working off that incredibly useful outline (something that will be showing up as an addendum in at least one or two of my writing classes, probably How to Write a Novel and How to Revise Your Novel, but possibly something else as well), I realized that there were a couple of scenes I’d remembered that might be cut, pieced together, and adapted for this version.

So I went in, grabbed copy, revised, rethought, moved things around, dumped everything that didn’t relate, and came up with a tense, compelling scene that brought together things worth saving from both earlier starts, all tied together with the thing I’ve discovered in this version of the story that makes everything work.

Things that previously had been parts of two entirely different stories that didn’t connect at all suddenly came together (with some help and hard work, of course) into this one scene that has secrets buried in it, leads to surprises to come, and let me do something both funny and awful to a villain.

Today was fun.

But today is also because of this…

Snowy Ohio 2020 12 17 08 11 01

I love snow.. and now I have some. 

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


3 comments… add one
  • Mike Lucas Dec 17, 2020 @ 20:04

    Yay! Sounds like a great writing day. Those are the best.

    I remember as a kid that snow always inspired my creative side. (For stuff like D&D and of course writing.) In fact, even that first crisp smell of snow in the fall air would get me thinking about people and places that only existed in my head.

  • Shelley Dec 17, 2020 @ 17:06

    I don’t know if this is the right page to ask, but how do I buy Hunting The Corrigan’s Blood? I clicked on the Universal buy link (under the “My Fiction” part of the website), but I think it’s broken

    • Holly Dec 19, 2020 @ 8:55

      Right now the first two books in my Cadence Drake series are here.

      The third book is actually a collection of other stories set in Settled Space — a short story, some novellas, and two novels: Tales From the Longview

      The fourth book — The Wishbone Conspiracy — is in manuscript form sitting on the left side of my desk right now, and I can’t finish the last couple of chapters or to the revision, editing, and publishing on it until I can afford to, which means I have to get the 5-book Ohio Series finished and rapid-released. Best case, I figure I’m looking at another two years for that one to go live.

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