Writing a book is like an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster. -Winston Churchill That’s […]Read More …and she conquers the beast. (insert roaring crowd here)
Listening to: The Rosebuds, “Let’s Hold Hands and Fight” So far tonight I have: Found a giant plot hole, like, the size of Kansas–and found a way to patch it. Figured out just how my MC is going to get out of this hole I dug her in–and from which I was certain, pretty much […]Read More Ahhh…
Listening to: The Mountain Goats, “Dilaudid” (Awesome song with awesome strings) So I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with my current project. And I’ve once again reached that point where I want to finish it now, tonight. Just type and type until my fingers can’t stand it anymore and […]Read More Finishing…ALMOST
Listening to: Scary Kids Scaring Kids, “Degenerates” When I first started my current project — working titled Freya — I was excited but wary. I really wasn’t sure I could make it work. The original idea seemed like it couldn’t go farther than novella territory, and I could only think of two possible ways it […]Read More Getting Into It
Wednesday: 2000 words Thursday: 3600 words …and DONE (Clocking in at 62,700, ~3000 words fewer than I estimated–but the total will fluctuate when I start editing). I always sprint at the beginning of a book, then slow down and pace myself (sometimes too much) in the middle, and then super-sprint to the end. I…I can’t […]Read More Done.
Listening to: Guster, “Airport Song” Not really much to update. Book 2: The agent wait continues. It has now been one month and two days since I sent my full, on request. I’m doing pretty well distracting myself with other things, although how well I do this depends on the day of the week and […]Read More Update
Just taking a quick break to say I hit 35,000 words today. Oh…and a year ago tomorrow, I started my second book (currently working on the third). Back to work.Read More Mark it Down
Listening to: Guster, “I’m Through” (w00t! New Guster EP out!) Sunday: 1500 words, handwritten.Monday: Typed up Sunday’s words.Tuesday: 500 words. Okay. So that’s my progress for this week so far. I’m really trying to switch from handwriting to typing. The handwriting, as much as I love it, just takes far too much time. And I […]Read More Plowin’ Thru
Listening to: Dispatch, “What Do You Wanna Be” Over at Diana’s blog, many writers have made a pledge to write 100 words a day, every day, for the month of April. They can write more than that, of course, but the minimum is 100 words. I’ve joined their ranks. As I explained over there, I […]Read More What Did I Get Myself Into?
Oh, it’s a tragic story, and one that has been told many times before. Alas, I’m going to tell it again. Girl writes novel. Girl, while writing novel, inevitably falls in love with novel and characters therein. Several months of joyous writing fly by, every one of them packed to the brim with sweet memories. […]Read More When the Flame Dies