6/8: 63 words. After more than a week away from writing (while I launched Vulcan Rising), I was ready to get back into it today. But then I had computer problems and spent the first hour of my day doing surgery on my laptop — all seems okay with it now. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get to write more than a few dozen words.
5/29: 1194 words. This was a good morning of writing. The words came easy today. I wish they could all be like this. Let’s hope tomorrow delivers more of the same. I know how this chapter is going to finish and how the next one is going to go, and I always find that helpful for keeping my momentum. So despite having a patchy middle of the week, I think I’m set to finish May strong.
5/28: 213 words. Between work and administrative duties, there’s been a lot going on since Monday. But none of it has involved writing until today. Since Vulcan Rising releases on June 1, I went ahead and set up Walls Ascending for pre-order as well. It may be only half finished at this point, but I’m confident in my ability to finish it in time to get all the editing done.
I’ve been on a little writing retreat over the last few days, in advance of Vulcan Rising releasing on June 1. So while I’ve been writing and have kept up with my word counts, I haven’t posted them here since Friday.
Here’s what the last few days have looked like:
5/22: 264 words.
5/23: 450 words.
5/24: 275 words.
I am currently writing the final chapter of the first half of Walls Ascending. Then we move into Middle Build, Part 2, which always seems to be the toughest for me. It both needs its own arc and has to create enough momentum for the Ending Payoff (Act 3).
5/21: 838 words. At first it was fun to write from a killer’s perspective for Walls Ascending, but after doing it for four days, I’m now just ready to be done with this chapter. Getting close. I should be able to wrap it up tomorrow.
5/19: 749 words. For the first time in my fiction-writing career, I’m writing a chapter from the antagonist’s point of view. And it is awfully dark inside his head. But I’m kind of enjoying the change of pace.
5/18: 505 words. I thought I was going to be really limited in my opportunities to write this week because I expected to be trying a case. But through a couple of bizarre circumstances, the case got dismissed. That meant that I got to work on Walls Ascending this morning and take it over the 30,000 word mark. I’m a couple of chapters away from the mid-point of the book and feeling good about things.
5/15: 126 words. When I got up at 5:30 this morning, I had big plans for what I was going to get done today. But when the two-year-old woke up ten minutes later, I knew I was in trouble. When her crying woke up the six-year-old, I might as well have just tossed my laptop out the window. Oh, well. There’s always tomorrow.
5/14: 476 words. Instead of writing this morning, I should have been working on a presentation I have to give at lunch today. So that probably wasn’t my best decision. Oh, well. Here’s hoping for the best, I guess.