Novel Progress

I’ve actually continued making progress on the novel, just haven’t posted about it. Part of the problem, though, is that I write up until the very minute I have to start the day job, then I’ve actually been busy with the day job, and so haven’t been around much.

Tuesday I did continue going through the hardcopy, up to the haikus in chapter three, which needed to be rewritten, but I really hadn’t the time or the energy or brain to do it then.

Wednesday I’d told myself I didn’t have to write — I hadn’t slept well, was feeling a bit off balance, etc. Gave myself permission to take it easy. Had coffee and donuts for breakfast and by the time the caffeine kicked in I was actually ready to write. Managed to rewrite the haikus — two of the three are now good — may still have to redo the third. Though looking back on them just now — okay. Maybe they do work better than I’d originally thought. *G* (Yes, that’s part of my process. To hate the writing I’ve done as soon as I finish it, then to go back to it later and realize, okay, it isn’t that bad.)

This morning I typed in what I’d written out by hand on Monday — it turned out to be 494 words. LOL. I generally write 500 word chunks, it’s my default setting. Guess it was still working on Monday. Wrote another couple of paragraphs, but that wasn’t where my head was at.

When I started the new file this morning I found that I’m still a chicken. I’m serious when I say that I never write novels. They’re *much* too big. Instead, I rediscovered that I still can’t use the word “Chapter” as the first word in a chapter file. I’m just not capable of it. That word chapter stays hidden until I merge all the files into one.

So after I finished with “chapter” seven, I picked up chapter four and incorporated the hardcopy edits on that into the softcopy.

Tomorrow I plan on rewriting chapter five. This chapter actually requires some serious rewrites. I’d underestimated this character. She’s always been wise — but I realized that she’s actually a lot smarter than I was giving her credit for. Which is a good thing, because it’s going to make her plight more difficult.

Ah yes. I *love* these characters. And I love to see them broken, bleeding on the floor, as well. They break so pretty. Ya’ll just don’t want to be in my head sometimes. It’s a twisted, scary place.

I hope that each and every one of you is having a good day, that you are doing what you need to do to fill your soul with joy, as well as to drain whatever poison it harbors.

Comments (4)

  1. Ah yes. I *love* these characters. And I love to see them broken, bleeding on the floor, as well. They break so pretty.

    ::laughs:: Ah, a woman after my own heart.

  2. Ah yes. I *love* these characters. And I love to see them broken, bleeding on the floor, as well. They break so pretty.

    ::laughs:: Ah, a woman after my own heart.

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