Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

Day Two Progress April 2, 2010

Filed under: Writing and Life — Autumn Macarthur @ 7:35 pm
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Woo hoo! Over 6,000 words today.

Not that I’m saying they were good words, but they definitely were words, actual story words, and vaguely in the right order.

And the characters were a little less polite to each other today, there were flashes of some genuine emotion there.

I had the strange sensation that the book was writing itself. I started the day not really knowing what was going to happen, apart from one minor episode, and ended up somewhere interesting. I’ve never had that happen before. But I do know that writing didn’t feel like work today. I stepped to one side,  stopped thinking too hard, and the writing just happened.  It helped that I have great characters, very strong minded. They won’t let themselves become mere puppets, I think.

I’m not going to take myself out of the writing mindset and into editing mode by reading it back, not even to spellcheck. If I want to do more work on it tonight, it will be starting the next chapter.

I know it won’t be like this all the way through. But please God, let it be like this again tomorrow!


2 Responses to “Day Two Progress”

  1. Eileen Says:

    oh that’s so awesome!

  2. Caroline Says:

    Great wordcount. May the wordcount fairies be with you! Caroline x

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