Those of you who are my Facebook friends may recall that when I'm struggling with my writing I'll sometimes post my page count there as a motivational tactic. Several people have told me that I ought to post more here about my writing, so I'm going to migrate that little ploy over here, with some slight variations. I'm going to try to do actual word counts, and I'll usually have a few comments about the work in question, too, although I can't go into specifics because so much of what I do is bound by confidentiality agreements.
I've picked an inauspicious day to start this, however, since real life was not cooperative today and my writing time was somewhat limited. I managed to do 1176 words. I have about 15,000 words to go in the book I'm working on, and I'd really like to wrap it up by the end of the month. Problem is, while I know almost everything that's going to happen in the final 10,000 words, getting the characters in position for that last 10K is kicking my butt. I've always said that I think I'm pretty good at beginnings and endings, but it's all that crap in the middle that's the problem. I think that today I got a glimmering of how to get this one where it needs to be, though, so I guess in that sense it was a productive day.
This is novel #283 for me . . . I think. The number's written down but not handy at the moment. As soon as I finish it, I need to write a couple of short stories I've promised for anthologies, and then it'll be right into the next novel.
You may want to skip some of these posts. They won't all be this thrilling. But the whole point is to goad me into getting more work done, so it if accomplishes that, I'll be happy.
Hammett: 122 and Counting
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