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Word Count Chronicles: Another Small Collection of Words

5/12: 257 words. Another day with a relatively small word count. But I know where I’m going, and I still feel good about it. The next week or so may be a tumultuous due to my work schedule, but after that, hopefully, I can go on a tear and get through with next 8,000 words and into the second half of Act II.

Word Count Chronicles: More Progress Than Words Suggest

5/11: 208 words. A word count in the low 200s suggests that I didn’t get much done today. But it’s a misleading figure. Rather than writing, I spent much of my writing time this morning plotting.

I figured out the next three chapters, which will get me to the mid-point of Walls Ascending. Then I plotted out the Third Act. Now I know (more-or-less) how the book will end. The big question mark, just as it was with Vulcan Rising, is how I get us through the second half of the Second Act. And right now, I just don’t know what that’s going to look like. But I’ve got three chapters to write in the meantime, so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Word Count Chronicles: Another Day, Another Chapter

5/10: 753 words. I should have been working on my podcast interview this morning. But I really wanted to finish the chapter I’ve been working on. And I did. And it really came together nicely.

Well, not “nicely,” in that not everyone in it is particularly happy. But still, it came out well, and it’s sending us off in a good direction.

Word Count Chronicles: Yesterday, I was a Coward

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.

Word Count Chronicles: Setting Up the Dominoes

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.

Word Count Chronicles: It’s Getting Dark in Here

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.