So wordsy peeps, how have you been? I have been writing my face off. Literally. I have no face. I thought I would come up for air because I finished today’s words early. I am at the 27,947 word mark! I mostly stuck with my 3,000 self imposed goal so far with the exception of Saturday. I felt like a Mack Truck hit me. I walked from my bed to the sofa and didn’t move until it was time for bed that evening. I didn’t clean, feed anyone or wash anything. My husband did the food shopping, took the boys for haircuts and Alex to basketball practice in the morning. I think he felt pretty badly for me. I didn’t help either. I was in my long night shirt and sweatpants all day. Who knew that all this creating would leave you a barren wasteland. Not a barren wasteland, just a little depleted. So I took a sign from the well that had run dry and rested all day. Sunday I felt a little more like myself and we went to mass, washed clothes for everyone and ran a few errands. I made dinner and all was well again.
This part of the novel, the turn just past the middle was hard. I was slogging people. Really. I couldn’t see a way out of the dark tunnel that was really a corner that I had painted myself into. When in doubt though, put your head down and keep writing. I slowed down a bit, and this is what I mean when I say that I’ll have to go back and flesh out some things. I think it was writers adrenaline. I was all “scene, scene, scene! #allthescenes! Tick.the.box.” Well, there’s so much more in the scene than just the chatter the characters have with one another, what about the journey to and from, what about the internal conversation my protagonist is having. What is he thinking, and why does he think it? Once I gave myself a little more permission to move a little slower in the novel (no snails I promise) I felt better about the character arc and the story line.
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Till next week peeps! I’ll catch you on the other side of my words!