I have written more than I thought I would today and I have suddenly realised that tomorrow will see the "THE END" tag being typed up at the bottom of the page... I am actually ahead of (my latest) schedule, which is immensely satisfying. This will give me a good three weeks to work on the corrections and the synopsis before I enter the ms for the competition...
I have 93,791 words, which is a lot. I will probably reach the 95,000 mark tomorrow when I finish...
I got a little bit emotional, because one of the characters dies and I could feel this little knot in my throat while I was typing this person's last moments - it's still there! I suppose it is a good sign.
I am lucky enough tp have never witnessed a death, and this one is a little bit unusual and reflects on the rest of the novel.
A good day, then.
I cannot wait for tomorrow evening.
Today, I have passed the 87,000 words mark and had to make a decision. I had to make one of my central characters do something that would make the book take a turn towards "THE END". I still have half a dozen scenes to write, and I will have to try and keep them as brief as possible. I can easily see this go beyond the 90,000 words, and I already foresee some cuts at second draft. I would like to ideally keep things between 80,000 and 85,000.
The risk of having the readers fall asleep while they read my book is high... If I do myself doze off while doing the editing, well, it won't be a very good sign...
My current worry is: I have written more than 80,000 words in order to be eligible for the competition I'm entering. BUT it might be too high a word count for any other publisher to whom I am going to send my novel. Hell, a debut novel 80,000 words long? Isn't that a tad too ambitious?
Tell you what: I haven't got the slightest idea, and I might have to do a bit of research on this.
So there, I have reached the minimum word count for the writing competition I am doing. BUT the story is far from being finished. I still have three to four scenes to include and I do not want to rush things and spoil everything. I am aiming for a 2nd December completion of the 1st draft, then will cut at editing stage if needed. Sometimes I do think I waffle on a bit, or repeat myself, which is definitely not good.
I am very excited though... I cannot wait to type in the 'THE END' formula and get on with the editing in earnest...
I have now reached the 78,000 words. I have just finished an important scene, one in which a character describes the last few years before the death of a loved one.
I have been back in the saddle immediately since coming back from France and have written a minimum of 1,500 words a day... After having suffered some lengthy bouts of writer's block, it's a relief to be once again writing easily and waking up every day with a new idea - but I keep adding up some characters and I am hoping that my plot will not be too confusing. Much like in real life, my main characters are meeting people with whom they are spending a bit of time before moving on. Some characters who appear at some point in the novel will never be seen again, some we meet briefly, some we learn to appreciate or dislike. One main character actually never appears in the flesh within the novel, simply because he died several years before, and yet I think we can make out the person he had been. At least I hope so.
One of the new characters I'm going to add in the forthcoming pages will be a former Moulin-Rouge dancer (http://www.moulinrouge.fr/) turned governess... It's going to be fun!
I am aiming at finishing the first draft on December 2nd latest. Fingers crossed I am not being sent any editorial work (these days, I can't think about the money, only about finishing my novel on time to submit it for the competition! A real obsession...) Exciting times! (well, for me, at least...)
I am in France visiting my parents and it is weird. My schizophrenia is at its peak when I am down here. Since leaving, I have had so many different lives, but I am still the very same old me...
Speaking French doesn't come naturally anymore and I find French people a bit weird. They're on edge, but not in a nice way... Hence a very odd episode yesterday at the cinema.
But that's another story altogether.
I am now starting the editing of what I hope will be my first published novel, I Am a Muse, even though I haven't finished writing it... But time is running out, and I need to work more, more, always MORE.
I think therefore I write.
All Art Books Cinema Culture Events Idea Ideas Inspiration Inspirations Literature Music People Places Promo Publishing Reading Reviews Self Publishing Self Publishing Self-publishing Society Theatre Thoughts Working Work In Progress Work In Progress Writing Writings