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2050 words. Still have to do some research for tomorrow's chapter. Time to page through the mythology books.

Have now passed the 12K mark. Not bad for a week's work. I think I should be able to have the rough draft out by the end of July. :)

Chapter 5 is quite a bit shorter than 2, 3, and 4. This disturbs my sense of balance. I have an itch to find some big event to stick in there. Someone tell me it doesn't really matter. Convincingly.

“See?” Peter said.

“I think so. That was... weird.”

He smiled. “With people, weird is normal.”

“Is that supposed to be helpful?” she asked. “Or are you just being obtuse?”



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Jun. 26th, 2003 08:38 pm (UTC)
*Gets frustrated with her own writing life* How did you do so much so fast?
Jun. 27th, 2003 05:45 am (UTC)
Actually, I've been kind of annoyed at myself for not writing more. Fair amount of procrastination has gone on over the last few days. But that's just me. You see, this is my writing style. Get it out as quickly as possible, because it's the stories I leave hanging for a long time that stagnate and lose my interest. That's one of the reasons I waited until the summer to seriously consider working on another novel. I have four days of the week work-free right now, and I delibrately kept it that way so I could do this. (Am going to be starting up a couple of volunteer positions and doing research for my thesis, too, but hopefully that won't cut into the writing time too much.)

If I kill procrastination and push myself away from the internet, I can get more than 6000 words done in a free day. I sit and I write for a couple of hours, take a break, come back, write for another couple of hours, etc. I know approximately where I'm going because I have the novel outlined. I don't let myself worry too much about whether it's coming out exactly as I want because I tell myself I'll fix that stuff in the rewriting. There's always fun parts of the story up ahead that I'm looking forward to getting to. That's about as well as I can explain it.

There is a downside. My lack of patience with things that I can't work through that quickly is probably the main reason why none of my novels so far have gone much past the rough draft. I get sick of things. High turnover rate. Something like that. Far better to spend a couple years writing a novel and have something you're really proud of than to shoot out a draft in a month and then leave it to collect dust 'cause you can't stand to look at it. ;) But I have resolved not to let that happen with this one.
Jun. 27th, 2003 11:42 am (UTC)

It took me a year and a half to finish my first novel.....*sigh* Can I borrow your 6000-words-a-day turnout for a weekend?? *smiles all prettyt wishing it were possible*

'scuse me while I try to get my fat cat off of me....
Jun. 26th, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
go you! ;o)
i wish i could write that much...
Jun. 27th, 2003 05:46 am (UTC)
Re: go you! ;o)
I bet you could.

Though as poetry goes, I personally prefer the short'n'sweet gems to the rambling epics. It's not how much you have, it's how you use it. ;)
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Jun. 27th, 2003 05:49 am (UTC)
Heh. I wasn't really planning on forcing anything into the story. (It'd be more likely that I'd put the stuff from that chapter into others and eliminate the short one altogether.) Just wanted to be reminded that no one cares how long the chapters are in relation to each other. Which you have in essense done, because the point is that no one gives a damn as long as it's a good read, right? :)
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Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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