So, last week I hit a few milestones! Unlike my 100k blog post where I went into all kinds of detail about my novel-writing journey to that point, this post is going to be fairly short. I think. <.<
I hit 200k on my novel wip. The day before, I also wrote the scene I’ve been writing towards since April 2015–so, three years. I wrote it all in a day, so that means I ended up writing 3k: 2.5k that afternoon and another 500 words of tinkering and adjustment in the hour before bed. I don’t think I’ve ever written 3k in a day before, especially not while sick, but probably not even when I was healthy. I’ve written much more than that in collaborative writing sessions, but writing solo where all pieces on the board to figure out are mine is different.
Honestly? I’ve been kind of exhausted and reeling ever since. This scene is a crucial turning point. The fall-out of this scene would also traditionally be the spot for a cliffhanger, since it changes everything for the protagonists up to that point, but I’m not going to split this into two books, so I’m going to keep going.
At this point I have no idea if I’ve pulled it off. I’m sure the answer is both yes and no, and that I will need to adjust things that come before, during, and after the scene to make it really clinch.
However, let me just say, it was EXTREMELY WEIRD to feel both the relief and satisfaction of having completed The Scene and the sadness and anguish for the characters and the turmoil they are now in. I’m not a writer who cackles gleefully or otherwise enjoys putting characters through a difficult time, so…WEIRD.
In any case, my other bit of news is that I’m on track for this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m working on revising the fairy tale I’ve chosen to be my sequel to Persinette.
The fairy tale is 96 old book pages, and I’m retranslating/revising another 30 of them this month.
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Till next time!~