Updatedness

I keep meaning to post more often. I’m not sure if I will now or not.

I’ve finished chapters 1 & 2 of the new novel, and just wrote about 1500 words of chapter 3. However, even though I wrote almost every day last month, I was doing small amounts all the time, 500-1000 words. Generally I write a chapter a week by “binge writing” on the weekends, 4000-6000 words. I wasn’t able to do that in May.

I did the math last night and realized that I’m about 2 weeks behind on my schedule to finish the first draft of this novel by the end of the year. I am really going to try to finish chapter three this weekend, so I’ll remain only 2 weeks behind, instead of slipping to 3. Perhaps I can make up the time at some point, but I’m not holding my breath.

Much of the writing has been easy, as it were, the story flowing through me. My characters keep surprising me, coming up with new, interesting reactions. The story twists and turns in ways that I wasn’t anticipating. So far I feel as though the broad strokes I set out for the plot/outline have been successful, and that this is a good way for me to continue. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to go be crazy, as it were, then when I need some direction, the outline is there. When something brilliant needs to happen my brain or my characters helpfully supply it, and even when I don’t need something brilliant to happen, brilliant things keep happening anyway. It makes me very happy.

I have thoughts on pens, on safe (safer) space, on family and perception, but maybe I’ll have time for those later.

Comments (6)

  1. I was just thinking of you last night. Glad to hear you’re doing all right, if rather busy.

    • I am doing pretty good. Just BUSY. Not quite a sustainable pace, will have to crash — maybe next weekend? But until then. Yeah. BUSY.

  2. I was just thinking of you last night. Glad to hear you’re doing all right, if rather busy.

    • I am doing pretty good. Just BUSY. Not quite a sustainable pace, will have to crash — maybe next weekend? But until then. Yeah. BUSY.

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