Exhaustion wins. 977 words, and calling it a day

Have been at this since 8 AM. Needed 1250 words. Did not get them.

But I’ll rest over the weekend, and come back at this fresh on Monday, and see what happens.

Right now, short on sleep, just exhausted, I have to concede that sometimes attempting to force your way through to your word-count objective doesn’t work.


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Fun, fun writing today. I got to pull out all the stops getting my good guys into position to catch bad guys attempting to do very bad things — and the scene went off without a hitch.

Chaos is a lot of fun to plot, especially when it is the finely-crafted impression of chaos set up by folks who, it’s going to turn out later, had been working on this chaos behind the scenes for a while, and who finally got a good opportunity to break out their plan and take it for a drive.

I got 1306 words out of 1250 planned, and a total of 69,362 on Book Four. Tomorrow I should (all things being equal) roll well over 70,000.

And I remain on schedule to get the book done by November 15th.

I’m very happy with what I accomplished today.

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And once again, I loved what I got.

My poor, poor characters…

And I got 1351 words, and am now at 68,056 — and the villains in town have just done something really interesting, and my MC just got to see the first tip of a brand new iceberg…

But I now have to go work on the massive overhaul of the HollysWritingClasses.com site.

My moderators and I are rebuilding the whole thing (offsite, of course). I’m estimating that it’ll take us between two and four months to get the whole thing overhauled.

It will, however, be spiff as hell when it’s done.


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Things have gotten pretty dicey in small-town Ohio. The bad guys brought in things far too evil to be mentioned by name in a blog post, and a couple of the good guys have become lunch.

I got 1139 words, and hit the logical place to stop for the day, so I did. Still have a bunch of hours of work ahead of me working on the HollysWritingClasses.com site update/upgrade.

But, MAN, do I love the words I got today.  66,734 total… and I’m already excited about what I’ll be writing tomorrow.

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We had our little pizza and birthday-pie (I’m not a cake fan) celebration last night, because Matt doesn’t have today off.

So today, while I AM going to be taking the day off from the novel, I’m working on fixing the HollysWritingClasses.com website.

Doing a big overhaul, upgrading stuff to a new platform and new software, moving ALL the students and class owners…

This isn’t going to be done today. The actual work of it isn’t even going to be STARTED today. Today, my moderators and I are just figuring out the new software, and trying to find the easiest ways to bring everything over.

And…

I’m kind of thrilled, actually. I love doing this stuff — and I keep seeing how much more smoothly everything is going to work, and how much more fun it’s going to be to use.

And I’m still keeping my promise to myself that I would not work on the novel on my birthday.


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Got 1307 words, and a few moments of unexpected grace

This book keeps surprising me.

I have my Scene Sentences. I am, in theory, writing to a carefully thought-out outline.

And that’s a very nice theory.

In fact, however, I keep figuring out how to do better stuff than what I planned in those Sentences… and today, playing Beat the Sentence, I had an extraordinary moment of grace when a couple of old movies beloved from my childhood found ways to affect my MC, the terrifying situation in which she finds herself, and managed to both choke me up and make me laugh at the same exact point.

And, boy, is she in a world of hurt.

1307 words, better than my 1250 planned.

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There’s stuff you plan.

There’s stuff you have written out in line-for-scene sentences in your chapter synopsis in Scrivener — 30 words max that give you the starting conflict, the characters, and the setting.

And then there’s where you go with it once you’ve established those things… and today, I went someplace new. 

Got 1259 words (just over my 1250 planned for the day), because there’s been a LOT going in real life here, and it’s NOT stuff I planned, and it’s going to mean I’m going to be doing a lot of long hours for a while…

And today I still have a bunch more work to do before I can quit.

But that’s the breaks. I’ll work as long as I have to, I’ll get everything finished.


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1264 out of 1250 needed.

Things are mean, and scary, and my MC is in deep trouble. Which isn’t nice, but which is in fact pretty much what you want to be going on in the middle of a novel.

I have NO CLUE how she’s going to get out of this. None.

When the nature of her problems revealed themselves to me, my gut response was, “Oh, shit…”

And tomorrow, when I come back to this, I’m still going to have that floating there.

Writing-wise, it has been a very good day.

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I leapt into the story this morning at the exact place where I left myself yesterday — a place with nothing even remotely transcendent about it. My main character was dealing with a situation that has turned ugly and scary, she’s in trouble, she’s facing an absolutely awful situation that affects not just her but everyone she loves and has ever loved…

And all of a sudden, this newish, very strange friend of hers who has until now liked her just because he liked her grandmother, answers a question she asked.

It was a question born of fear and desperation.

And he answered that question, but then he went beyond.

Way beyond. So beyond that while I was transcribing what he was saying to her in my head, I had tears running down my cheeks, and had to blink to see the damn screen.

And my MC started to cry, too — because hey, I’m not going to be the only wimp in the room.

And when he was done, she took the condensation of what he said to her — fifteen words total — and she went to a guy she knows who does good tattoos, and she got those fifteen words tattooed upside down on her right thigh.

And I’m in a great place to pick up the story on Monday… and it isn’t even remotely the place I thought I was going to be when I sat down to write this morning.

1280 words for the day (of 1250 planned), 60,331 total on the novel, and today was a magnificent writing day.


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