Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying your family and friends today. I’m so thankful for so much–family, friends, and an opportunity to keep writing. Check it out! I surpassed 50,000 words on Saturday, November 19!
I am astonished. Shaking my head in utter disbelief. How can this be?
And then I kept going. When I compiled it from Scrivener into Word, it was 202 pages. 202 pages in 19 days. What the heck? (see my word count through yesterday below)
I will have a final summing up next week, but here are some things that I observed over the last week:
- It’s fun to write about an antagonist. Not only do I have an actual antagonist in the book, but he gets to express himself as I jump into his POV sometimes. I’m still working out his character–he’s not all evil, but he’s not completely clear to me yet. He’s surprising me!
- Doubts surface. I realized that in this book is a thriller of sorts. I’ve got a bit of a ticking clock and the stakes for the main character and other characters are high. I had this moment on Saturday when I thought: “I can’t write a book like this! What do I know about mysteries and thrillers?”
- Keep your eye on the prize. Suddenly those doubts pushed me online and I found myself Googling tips for writing thrillers. Very little seemed to vary from advice on how to write a good, compelling novel, except for this diagram, which overlays some thriller-ish traits on the standard three act structure. So I saved that to review later and got off the Internet. “Don’t waste time on this, Denise! Get back to writing.” This was another habit I wanted to break–leaving my writing to go down the rabbit hole of the Internet, where I was often spending an hour or more looking up information that I ended up not needing in my novel. I was proud of myself for getting off quickly. 🙂
Word count as of Wednesday, November 23: 55,064
Happy thanksgiving! I am so thankful for you and your dedication to the art of writing!
Wow, a thriller! This is exciting and total reverse of what you usually write! What a great project.
And I am so grateful for your support and friendship. Yes, a total reversal – I love busting a belief I’ve held that changes my career for the better. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! xo
Way to go, Denise! Can’t wait to hold your finished product in my hand someday!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Thank you! I’m very proud of myself and happy to know I can really get a draft done quickly. Lots of work ahead, but I will have a decent draft to work with. I can’t wait to hold a finished book in hand someday either! xo