Saturday Words

I’m going through How To Revise Your Novel beta test applications. The applications are really, really good. Which makes the decision incredibly difficult.

That’s my night.

How are your words coming?

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

27 comments… add one
  • Cat (from HtTS) Sep 28, 2009 @ 2:42

    I didn’t write but made a movie for Holly’s HtRYN-Video Contest with my kids. It was great fun.

  • Michelle Sep 27, 2009 @ 23:37

    1248 for me today! I love being on a roll, today’s writing was extra-fun.

  • Don Sep 27, 2009 @ 20:40

    732 getting good production and things are going well MC BFF isn’t dead yet, I’m woring on it.

  • Mark Sep 27, 2009 @ 20:20

    I’m reporting for Sunday night, since I’m in Australia. What a weekend. I won’t bore you with the details, but I didn’t get any writing done until the very last minute of Sunday, only 255 words. Still, they set up a confrontation I’ve been wanting to happen for a long time, so much so that I considered calling in sick today just so I could write for a full eight hours.

    But I didn’t.

    Hey, does anyone else have any problems with Microsoft Word’s language settings? I always use UK English, I’ve set it as my default, but sometimes it skips back to that dastardly American, and it still accepts American spellings and American grammar. It’s very frustrating having my computer telling me “enquire” should be “inquire”. And yes, UK English is definitely set as the default language.

    • djmills Sep 27, 2009 @ 20:34

      I set Australian English as default, but every so often (more than less) it changes to US English. I believe it is another case of “MS Bug”. When I see the checker trying to get me to add a “z” instead of an “s” to words I reset the language to Australian English or ignore the checker suggestions.

      • Mark Sep 27, 2009 @ 20:52

        I found Australian English let too many words slide that were American. The UK English is stricter, but still not perfect.

    • Cat (from HtTS) Sep 28, 2009 @ 2:40

      Microsoft’s Language Checkers suck. I know because I am switching between German and English most of the time. Here’s one thing you can try that might make things slightly better:

      Go to the Language Selection Dialog and see if you checked “Automatically determine language” (or something phrased similar). If it is activated MS will set the language of each sentence individually. Uncheck that box and MS shouldn’t interfere (much) with the language you chose for that specific document.

  • Julian Adorney Sep 27, 2009 @ 19:36

    700 words.
    I’m working on my new short, tentative title Souls & Snowboarding.
    Writing went…well and badly. I straightened out the main character’s motivations, so he’s no longer working towards his goal at the expense of his girlfriend. Now reaching his goal will help their relationship.
    But the overall writing felt jumbled. I know what I was trying to say, but the words definitely weren’t rolling off my fingers.
    Tomorrow’ll be better.

  • Lisa R Sep 27, 2009 @ 18:02

    0 words. A ton of family were in town with two football games for the boys. So, I spent my time enjoying all of the activities.

  • Rabia Sep 27, 2009 @ 14:54

    I was planning on a day off from writing, but my husband was being so productive with his various projects, I ended up with a couple hundred extra words from his infectious zeal. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Patricia Sep 27, 2009 @ 14:48

    474 words last night. Not much, but hey, words are words. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s hope Ryan doesn’t die of hypothermia now, because he’s soaking wet in the rain and the sun is setting fast. Many don’t realize exactly how cold the nights can get in Africa because it’s so hot during the day, but Ryan sure knows, and he’s doing all he can to light a fire and get dry before it gets dark.

  • HannaBelle Sep 27, 2009 @ 10:07

    I hope this is not too far off topic to bring up.

    For those of you more well versed in blogs, wordpress, etc. In most places on the internet, I use unreal versions of my name and a junk email addres. Belle, Hanna Belle, FebruaryHouse, HannaT, THanna … to name a few

    For those of you who are published and blogging, and knowing my intention of being a published writer of books and articles, as well as fabric art, what is a best practice regarding name use? Is it time to quit lurking and make public my name which would be my publishing name, Hanna Tetens?

    For my freelance work (IT speciality stuff — technical writing, implementation, training, elearning) I have just used my name, but am considering a version of it? Wondering if I should just use my name so Googling and cross references will match.

    I have been anonymous and under the radar for so long, being identifiable is exciting and scary, all at the same time.

    Any advice or thoughts or warnings or assurances you can share would be helpful.

    • Jessica Sep 27, 2009 @ 12:28

      I’m not published but I do have a blog about my story. I use my pseudonym because I’m not ready to make the leap yet, but my real name is listed in the “about me” section, so if/when I do decide to cross that bridge it won’t be quite so difficult.

  • Gabriele Sep 27, 2009 @ 9:32

    Holly, how often do you check your Akismet? I don’t mind for my comments to be on hold, but I m not happy that they’re only approved 2-3 days later when no one reads the old topics any more. And it has happened more than once now.

    • Gabriele Sep 27, 2009 @ 9:35

      And in hope to trick Akismet, here’s what I posted yesterday. Didn’t get anything new so far anyway, but I may be back later tonight with more – hopefully.

      Horatius Veranius has witnessed those of the staff still alive the third day of the battle commit suicide, but decided if he was going to die it would be with his men, and rides off in a mad dash to find the remains of the Nineteenth. Thanks to luck, his superior horse, and the fact that the Germans fighting the rear โ€“ more separate skirmishes than a battle โ€“ are not Arminiusโ€™ disciplined Cherusci, he gets through to the place where a few hundred (out of the original 5.000) still hold in a testudo formation.

      With the swamps on one side and the German wall on the other, thereโ€™s no way out. Or is there? Veranius and his men are going to try and break through. Seing one of their tribunes still alive and caring for them gives the men enough of an edge, even after three days of constant guerilla attacks by the Germanic tribes.

  • Dena C. Sep 27, 2009 @ 9:02

    Well it’s Sunday morning and I didn’t sleep in. The new book was calling to me, so I was up at 7 a.m. and I wrote for two hours. The words flowed well, and I got 2659 words. Now I have the rest of the day to enjoy.

  • Peggy Sep 27, 2009 @ 8:42

    Net of 896, between smoothing a few things and about 700 words on a new scene. Today’s goal: finish that scene and the MC and his partner interview another suspect in the murder.

  • HannaBelle Sep 27, 2009 @ 8:28

    800 or so revising SitSol, proposal for a non-fic book, first draft done
    0 on Pedestal
    0 on outlines

    Writing the proposal, I realized how the book should be revised, so adjusted chapters to a new, intended revision.

  • Debora Sep 27, 2009 @ 7:33

    I’m looking forward to taking the How To Revise Your Novel course. whether I’ve got my own book finished or not. So I’m very excited to hear you like what you’re reading, Holly!

    I took stock of what I’ve written so far yesterday. Why am I finding it so hard to say I was generally pleased with what I’ve written so far? Guess I was hard-wired always from an early age to doubt myself. But I was pleased. There I said it! What I’ve got is far from perfect. I tend to repeat myself, but that’s because I’ve experimented with different ways of approaching the same events or topics. That’s okay. That can be fixed. It’s also wordy, but that’s deliberate on my part. My MC is a creature of the nineteenth century and must speak in the language of the day. I can always go back and edit for the sake of clarity.

    Now I’ve got to get myself writing again. My goals are modest. 250 words a day, I can do this!

  • Teri Sep 27, 2009 @ 6:24

    I got a very good day’s writiing with 1,052 words.

    Taskh has joined a scouting party to check out the area before the rebel army catches up, and has set to work killing off the scouts one by one so that they don’t accidently stumble across his employer’s army before Taskh can determine if Heidol actually made it there in time.

  • Treelight Sep 27, 2009 @ 4:47

    I didn’t do much writing, because I felt strange through the whole day.
    However I started to work on the little scenes that somehow got lost. I’m not as far as I was before, but managed 320 words which are better than the first version I think.

  • Jessica Sep 27, 2009 @ 3:39

    Well, I had written on yesterday’s thread but that post appears to be awaiting moderation. I won’t repeat myself. My cold has gotten worse, but my word count is better: 450, FMC has found herself trapped on a bus. She can escape, but her captors are about to offer her something very tempting.

    I hate being sick but it’s giving me too good an excuse to write – since that’s about all I’m capable of doing. I guess that’s good, right?

  • Joyce Sep 27, 2009 @ 2:17

    Whoo! Doing a little dance (so shield your eyes). I set up the first episode of House of Cats to auto post tomorrow morning. (Technically, it’s visible now; I could not wrangle wordpress into doing delayed updates on pages in the same way, so the link to it is live. :/) I’m really happy with how it turned out. I just have to make sure I don’t look at it too often and start finding things to hate.

    Did I mention: whoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • The Pencil Neck Sep 27, 2009 @ 1:37

    489 words.

    The Sheriff’s story line needed some resolution. I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out. I considered several options and this wasn’t exactly how I intended it to go.

    Fresh from the healers, a battered Sheriff shows up at his daughter’s door to speak to his wife. They talk. He wants her back. She’s not buying it. He admits his mistake in having an affair all those years ago but he knew it was a mistake and he hasn’t done it since and he won’t do it again. He says that he’s already lost his job and he made a mistake letting it take him away from his family. She says she doesn’t believe he can change because he’s had years and years worth of chances before this and nothing. He says he’s learned some things over the past few days and that he can’t be happy alone and without her. Then his granddaughter sees him and comes running up and asks if he’s staying for dinner. The Sheriff looks at his wife. And she says he gets one last chance.

    I don’t think this story line gets enough treatment in the body of the story. The plot twist with the Thief being his son didn’t occur until the story was almost over but it gives a reason why the Sheriff is taking an interest and trying to reform some kid from the street. And it adds more drama to the scenes with The Thief’s mother.

    • Larkk Sep 27, 2009 @ 23:56

      Cool.
      I have a few loose ends to tie up after I finish too.
      Actually, a whole bunch of them ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Adam Sep 27, 2009 @ 1:31

    words have been coming slowly in this section. There isn’t much action that is going on, but the group spends a long time exchanging small talk and drinking, and then the scene where Tzal gets in trouble with his girlfriend happens. i want to get to that scene, but need the time to pass and that has made the words not flow. i want this hanging chapter done already.

    850 words all day.

  • esj Sep 27, 2009 @ 0:43

    migraine last night, was going to make excuses about being off in astronomy club picnic and having a wonderful time observing except, it got cloudy and I got a call from a customer with a broken network.

    At least I get paid.

    now I get to go home, get some sleep and tackle how Albert justifies to his family (Chloe and Max) why he spent a boatload of money on a top-of-the-line exoskeleton suit for use with patients suffering systemic nerve failure. Yes, Mars and suicide will figure heavily in the explanation. it’ll take a couple more chapters before he explains why he didn’t buy the forearm rocket launchers or the armored plated breast enhancers. (I really need to cut down on the Lolita Mech warrior anime.) Tomorrow morning for sure!

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