50K or bust!

So, last night, I said that I wasn’t sure where exactly I was going to go with with my next scene. I got in bed, and starting imagining an entire conversation between Dex and Marie. This morning I got up, and wrote it all out before doing anything else at all. That puts me 500 words up, so now I have exactly 1777 words to go until I hit 50,000. 

In short, I’m going to win today. Yay!

And if all continues to go according to plan, I’ll finish soon. It’s started me thinking about what I want to do next.

I think I want to keep writing. I’ve never really managed to keep writing in December–usually I’m worn out by NaNoWriMo, and busy trying to catch up on everything I’ve put off for it. But this year, I could keep writing, I think. Maybe not 2000 words a day, but I’m thinking setting a goal of 800 words a day. 

It wouldn’t be on Dexter Moon, as the goal there is to finish the first draft in November. Instead, I’m thinking about the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2006, and then added to during AugNoWriMo 2007. My current draft on Interstate 10 (its working title) is about 55,000 words, though I’ve written about 80,000 total. I’m not far off from an ending there.

I set it down for a while, and earlier this year, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to ever finish it, that the me who had written the first words was so very different than the 2008 me that it would be like trying to re-write something written by a completely different writer, one who believed that the sun is blue, and the oceans are pink. Earlier this year, I had a grim outlook on everything. But now I feel like things are looking up, and the optimism that ran throughout that novel doesn’t seem so impossibly naïve anymore.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and I do want to go back to it. So when I get my draft of Dexter Moon printed, I’m going to print everything I’ve written so far for I-10, as well, and spend next week going through it, reacquainting myself with the story, and figuring out a new ending for it. 

It would be kind of cool if I could finish 2008 with not one, but two finished novel drafts.


2320 for the day.

I ended up writing 2320 words, which brings my total up to 36,138. So that’s over my regular goal of 2000 words a day, but under my goal for this week of writing 2650 words a day to make up for this weekend.

I’m beginning to feel like this story is slightly out of control. I wrote a scene this morning that was supposed to be fun. Light-hearted. It is, in fact, pretty much the first scene idea I came up with for Marie when I thought about adding her to the story. 

And the part of it that I thought it was turned out more or less as I expected. And then the tone completely changed, the intensity of it was dialed up to 11, and I ended the scene having no idea where to go next–I had no equivalent scene for Dexter planned.

I really need to start thinking seriously about how this story is going to resolve itself–because with things going in the direction they are, I’m probably at about… the second half of Act 3 in a 5 act story. Which is about right, I guess, for where I am in word count. The problem is, at the moment, I still only know about the first half of Act 4, and then the very end of Act 5… the epilogue.

Meh. I’m tired. Going to bed now, and will hopefully get sorted out… soon. Tomorrow is another day.

Back to regularly scheduled programming…

With all the excitement this weekend, (in addition to going to the protest against prop 8 on Saturday, I spent Sunday eating and cooking and eating some more. Mmm, food coma.) I only managed to write about 750 words. That’s all weekend.

I’m not too pleased about this. Though I’m still on track to hit 60K by the end of the month, I’ve effectively lost my buffer. 

Not to mention, my real goal was to get to the end of the novel, and I’m not so sure that’s going to happen in the next 25 words… So I’m probably going to have to write even more.

My goal this week is to make up my wordcount from the weekend… it’s an extra 650 words a day for five days. Doable. 

And the rest… I guess we’ll see. 

(Going to Starbucks this morning to write.)

Brain food

I’m writing this while waiting for a batch of biscuits to bake. Mmm, biscuits.

I’m decidedly a California girl, and didn’t really appreciate biscuits until a few months ago, when I made a couple of big cross-country drives in quick succession. And discovered biscuits. And now they’re one of my favorite foods. 

This is the first time, though, that I’ve baked some myself, and I have to say, they’re really good. (They’re out of the oven now–they cooked faster than I thought.) MMM… biscuits. (Recipe from Amateur Gourmet, by the way.)

I enjoyed my rethink day, though I didn’t do much with it… I ended up completely reorganizing and cleaning out my scrivener index cards, so that now all that’s left are ones that I still intend to write. I made sure that everything I included had some bits of the supernatural story to them, and I just feel much fresher now. Sleek and streamlined. This new outline is going to require some filling in, but it’ll be easy enough to do as I get there.

Today, I write a scene in which someone makes a scene. (Sorry… couldn’t help myself.) And from there, things go crazy.

Starting at…26,479. Goal today is 28,500.

Day 2!

I wrote my next (short) scene last night, and it ended… not exactly where I was expecting it to. And in such a way that it kind of brought my main storyline for Dexter to a halt. Thinking about it last night (I was having trouble falling asleep,) I realized that I could fix things by moving up a certain scene just a touch earlier. It won’t be my next Dexter scene, but it should be within the next 2 or 3, I think. 

But today, I’m onto Marie. Actually, last night (after midnight), I was lying in bed having trouble sleeping, and really wanted to write, so I used my TextNovel account for first time to write the first 200 words or so of Marie’s next scene. In her first couple of scenes I wrote with her, I found her rather angry and disconnected… not exactly what I want to spend 30,000 plus words writing. I’m hoping that today, she’s going to be a bit… friendlier? Happier? More personable? Good things happening for her in this scene, so that should be the case.

My grand total for day 1 was 5,663 words. So far I have 204 words for today. My total goal for today is 10,000. Only 4,200-ish words to go. And it’s time to write!