Marie de Nervaud (via zooeyscigar)
And if you’ve started writing, but you realize the toboggan doesn’t actually get moving until chapter three, go ahead and cut out chapters 1 and 2. You can bring in the essential plot points later in the story.
— Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow, S01E10)
Done and emailed to Sourcebooks. Now to wait for the revision rounds. I’m so excited!
I can’t wait to show you guys the final cover and announce the title. It’s all so perfect — and it inspired me with ideas for book three!
Well, Monday something, but I haven’t had coffee, so I can’t count at the moment.
Here’s another excerpt from the sequel to The Longest Night — and I can’t wait to announce the perfect title!
“You married Richard after knowing him for seven hours in Vegas.”
“Dick,” Eleanor said grandly, “was a fling. I’d never been married in Vegas, so I got married in Vegas. Plus the honeymoon was just to die for — all twelve hours of it.”
Michelle rolled her eyes. “And Ray and I met on Friday night. It’s only Wednesday —”
“Oh, Chelly , no.” Eleanor took Michelle’s hands from the bouquet, letting the flowers fall to the table. “I don’t go marrying for a lifetime. Why do you think I’m still friends with all my ex-husbands? Well, except Dick, but he’s not a real ex-husband. What’s an annulment make him? An ex-boyfriend?”
“Or it makes you a serial ex-wife,” Michelle teased.
I think tracking words is a great idea. The more you find out about what works for you, the better. Don’t be surprised, however, when those things shift. The most important habit is to write every day. Everything else is more fluid.
Once I hand in this book tomorrow, I want to take a few days’ vacation… but I also want to jump right into book 3. and I don’t want to lose my momentum.
But I may take just one day off anyway, because the idea of writing tomorrow makes me want to curl up and hide under the sofa.
I’ve always been a fan of writing the story until it’s done, rather than aiming for a particular word count — until I found myself needing to get somewhere around 80,000 words.
After floundering around, chopping out 4000 words here, adding 2000 words there, and so on, I realized I needed something like a plan. So, I started a very simple spreadsheet to track number of words per chapter, total words written, and words remaining to write and edit (out of 80,000).
Now, as I finish editing each chapter, whether I’m adding or deleting words, I update that chapter’s word count and get a running total of what’s left to review. I can see my progress. I’m hitting milestones. I have a good feel for pace.
And while the rain has slowed me down somewhat*, I’m encouraged by the tangible view of progress that I’ve made.
Give it a try, and let me know if it works for you. I’m curious.
(* And take LOTS of breaks from typing. Trust me. For many years, I ignored ergonomic health and didn’t take breaks, and now I’m paying the price.)
why do people avoid happy backstories like theyre the fuckin plague jesus christ stop listening to linkin park for a moment and realize you dont need to be miserable to have character development
Please and thank you.
My first book was full of internal conflict, with Ian and Cecily both fighting to overcome their demons.
My second book is apparently full of jokes about piracy, flowers, and sweet, fluffy romance. Yes, there are tragedies, but Ray and Michelle are pretty damned happy with themselves before they ever meet.
I wonder if I’m going to get in trouble when my editor sees it. Hopefully she likes pirates.
I’ll say this: I’ve never had so much fun on a solo writing project. I’ve giggled more writing this book than I have since about fifth grade.