Posts Tagged ‘Word count’

Sometimes Paranoia is Justified

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

The Next Historical is at a tad over 80,000 words. Normally, I’d say that’s more or less done, just polishing left. But as I work my way through the chapters, writing new ones, deleting old ones, fixing the survivors, I feel like I am heading into a dark and very scary place.

There be monsters there.

Monsters in the form of really old chapters that don’t reflect the current story. Which makes me feel like my actual word count is something more like 50,000 which is a panic number. Ack! Ack! Carolyn running around panicking

I continue forward into this unknown country from which this writer may never return, ready to fight monsters with my trusty… er… keyboard, delete, backspace, select-all delete, undo, redo, and

q w e r t y u i o p a s d f g h j k l z x c v b n m

(but not necessarily in that order, plus there will be lots of repetition of the little buggers, hopefully in new and sparkly combinations)

K. That’s how I’m feeling. And now, for a quickie post of good news. In the next post. Not this one!


Well, golly! Taking a moment to bask

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Today I noodled about all day, pretty much, working on chapter 23 of Xia’s story. So I was worried that I’d missed my minimum, despite working A LOT on the chapter. But I didn’t. In fact, I was only a couple hundred words away from doubling my minimum plus exceeding 50,000 words. So I took a look at chapter 1 and noodled around there long enough to more than double my minimum PLUS discover the chapter rocks. I rewrote the chapter for the new Alexandrine and I have say, it works massively.

So, I’m basking in the glow, insecure in the knowledge that I will be ripping things to shreds shortly and will need to look back at this moment so as not to totally despair.

Also, note to Patti O’Shea: Do NOT stop blogging. I love your blog. I need to hear about your day and your characters talking to you.

Off to bed.


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Saturday, March 17th, 2007

44,230 words for Magellan’s Witch. I conformed the sneak into the house scene to fall in line with other changes, which took me most of the day and, sigh barely to my secret minimum, which must now be my actual minimum. But after dinner I finished that and moved on to working on the exciting Pharmacy fight scene which actually turned out to be fairly close to how I set it out in yesterday’s post. So I am pleased with my progress today. Tomorrow we’ll see how I do. Off to bed.