5/8: 786 words. It’s been a few days since I’ve written. So it was good to get some words on the page this morning to close out the week with some productivity.
5/4: 476 words. Yesterday, I was a coward. On Sunday, I finished a chapter with no idea of what came next in Walls Ascending. So instead of trying to figure it out, I just started working on my day job super early. And while I’m sure my partners appreciate that, it certainly didn’t do anything to advance the novel.
I was tempted to do the same thing again today. But instead, I kept asking myself, “What’s the next thing that happens?” Ultimately, I decided to literally write the next thing. So now my characters are walking from one scene to the next. And it turns out they have some important things to talk about. I had no idea that was the case when I started writing the new scene. I’m discovering it as I go, and the novelty of that has not yet worn off.
5/2: 826 words. The chapter I’m writing now is foreshadowing some bad stuff that is going to befall the characters. There seems to be a fine line to draw here. I don’t want to be too overt about it, but when the bad thing happens later, I want the reader to say, “Oh, I should have seen that coming.” Surprising but inevitable. It will probable take a few rounds of edits to get that exactly right.
4/30: 546 words. Today’s writing involved incorporating some truly awful historical events into the story. I’ve known for months that this part was coming. It’s just hard to subject to characters bad stuff sometimes, especially when it foreshadows worse things to come.
I closed out the month of April with 8642 words and much more consistency. But with one (and possibly two) jury trials on the docket for May, that consistency may be difficult to maintain.
4/29: 413 words. Another productive morning with more progress on Walls Ascending. And more improvement with the cold I’m trying to get over. I’m writing a fun scene with a group of teenagers right now, and they’re keeping things lively.
4/28: 773 words. If I weren’t sick with a cold that has me all scratchy throated and congested, I would have spent this morning preparing for a podcast interview. And if I were doing that, I wouldn’t have been able to write in Walls Ascending. So as badly as I’ve felt since Sunday, at least it had one rewarding consequence.
4/27: 245 words. Progress has been slow, but regular in April. Of the last 21 days, I have written in 16 of them. I have only averaged about 430 words per day, but that has allowed me to accumulate nearly 7,000 words during that time.
More significantly, I have taken Walls Ascending over the 20,000 word mark in this most recent chapter. So I’ll just keep accumulating words. If I can maintain this rate of production, I’ll finish Walls Ascending by the end of August. Then I’ll have to decide whether to publish it at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. Not a bad problem to have.
4/26: I’m sick with something. My brain is cloudy. And my sinuses feel like they’re going to explode from the pressure. So I’m feeling good about the 269 words I wrote today. I may feel less good about them when I read them back tomorrow.
4/25: 863 words. Today’s writing was fun, because the characters are trying to establish clues about who the murderer might be. We’ll see how far along they get and how many bodies have to drop before they find the killer — I don’t yet know the answer to these questions.
4/24: 269 words. I started another new chapter in Walls Ascending. Much like the rest of book, I have a general (but not a specific) idea of how it’s going to unfold.