I had some writer’s block this week. Then this morning the first scene from the SECOND book popped into my head this morning. Interesting but NOT helpful. Tonight I forced myself to sit down the keyboard and broke the mental barrier of 70k words. 70.3k to be exact.
I’m very close to marrying up the front and back ends of the novel. Better line up an editor soon!
I’m so close to being done I’ve been shopping for editors. There is a huge difference in pricing, not just A is more expensive than B, but A charges by the hour and B charges by the page, and C charges by the word. So it’s very hard to compare prices.
On the plus side though – ALMOST DONE! Halloween latest.
My father-in-law passed Wednesday night. There’s been a lot of sadness and a lot of logistics to pull together. Thank God for professional funeral directors. Today I’ve taken a little time to get back on the writing horse. It was hard starting, but once I got going it was a good way of taking my mind off of things. The novel stands at 67,500 words.
If you’d ever met my father-in-law you’d know he was a sweet and affectionate man. He was pushing 92, but really there’s no good time to lose someone you love.
Another 1k words banged out today, and it was a section that was literally nothing but a note saying ‘do the research’ this morning. I can see where the back and front ends of the book are going to join. I think I know what the railroads felt as they neared the golden spike. 66.4k words now. Exciting times!
I wrote a lot today, but I also edited a fair amount of duplicative material out. The balance left me at 65.4k words, so progress. I’m also having some luck weaving the B plot line into the narrative which is a good sign. I’ve got one more dedicated day of writing before I hit the day job for a few days. I hope I can get some good work done tomorrow too.
I’ve made very good progress today. I’m only a few words shy of 65k words! It’s a combination of the hubby being out of my hair and the weather letting me work on my porch. I’m more productive here for some reason. I hope to continue to make good progress tomorrow and Monday. Maybe I can hit 70k!
I sure hope I can finish my book before the weather gets too cold. Sitting on the porch is always my most productive time. 61k words and counting!
I know I’ve been bad about updating the blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. I passed the 60,000 word mark this morning, and I aim to write more this afternoon.
Some of my research is yielding unexpected results. This has added at least one new chapter, and two new characters, maybe three. If I read more international news maybe I wouldn’t have been blindsided by this. I would suggest all of you join me in being more aware of the world outside the US.
So yesterday I did not write. I did not even try. I was tired and uninspired, but today I returned to the keyboard. I only wrote 900 words, but I was at a good breaking point and I’m HUNGRY.
Authoring is hard on day job days. I need to do better.
Only 400 words today, but I did a huge amount of research which will translate into a few thousand words. Therefore I declare victory.