Over 5,000 words! I’m not sure of the exact word count but I think it’s 5,200 and something.
The Write-a-thon is off to a good start and I’m pleased with that. Not that all the words are in the right order or will stay in the edited version! It’s out and out first draft crap, but I do think I have the seeds of a good story here.
My plan is to have a rough first draft done before I go back to work on April 12. Then I can spend at least a month editing and polishing, before I send it off for my Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme entry. Then revise it, based on their feedback. Then sub a partial to Superromance. And get on with the next story in the series while I’m waiting.
The main issue I found with my writing today is that I want to be too nice to my characters. The conflict is there, built into the characters and the scenario. But I’m not mining it. I nearly had my heroine forgive her estranged mother as soon as they met again after eight years. Same with the hero. They are all being too nice to each other for people who wounded each other so badly in the past.
Instant forgiveness ain’t gonna happen! They have to suffer first, there has to be a slow emotional change, not a sudden, “Oh, you’re sick now and sorry for what you did, I forgive you,” with her mother, and “I understand why you did what you did so it’s all okay,” with the hero and heroine. It’s so much easier to write that than have them do a guarded dance around each other, one step forward one step back, drop their defences piece by piece, go through hurt and anguish over the situation and their feelings and the possibility of redemption. But that’s the way it has to be. They need to earn their happy ending.