Monday, December 4, 2006
Cloudy and cold
Finished the first draft of ”The Merry’s Dalliance” in the afternoon. It comes in at 6375, a bit more than I expected, but with cuts and tweaks and revision, I think the final version will be a solid 7K. I need to add some more tension into some of the action in the rescue scene – this is more of a sketch, a skeleton, too much buckle, not enough swash. But Kit and Luthias are pretty wonderful, and Peter the ghost threatens to run away with the story.
As much as I felt worthless and useless, which spilled over into the beginning of the writing, with me thinking, “why the heck do I think I can do this?”, once I sat myself down and wrote a few hundred words, I got back into the flow of it and I felt much better. I took Janet Evanovich’s advice to “ignore the suckiness and push on.” (How I Write, p.199).
I also did some work this morning on Tokens and Affection.
After I do my relocation, I want to take a few months of hermit time (which I desperately need now) to simply write and not deal with exterior life unless absolutely necessary.
But right now, all I can do is the best I can do.
And, of course, although I specifically asked for revision on the materials in time for me to actually review and change them, they’re coming in this morning and people are arguing.
“The Merry’s Dalliance” -- 6375 words out of estimated 5,000
6 / 5
Tokens and Affections – 24,000 words out of estimated 25,000
24 / 25