Nov
13
2018
0

NaNoWriMo, Day 13: 2015/22095

2,015/22,095

I… have discovered a stratagem.  A ploy, if you like.  I am plotting out the next bit using a particular suggestion, and the fact that I could speed along and get 2K words pretty quickly and easily suggests that said stratagem might actually work.  We shall see.

Nov
12
2018
0

NaNoWriMo, Day 12: 1672/20080.

1,672, 20,080.

Finally powered through to finish Chapter 4. I also managed to shock the elf! The elf is perhaps a little bit more straight-laced than he thought that he was. I was amused by that.

Nov
11
2018
0

NaNoWriMo, Day 11: 1673/18408

1,673/18,408

Vignette’s done.  Wondering whether to put it up at Patreon, let people see it.  But it probably won’t make much sense to people, out of context.  I dunno.

Now I gotta get back to the main story.

Nov
10
2018
0

NaNoWriMo, Day 10: 1671/16735.

1,671/16,735

So, learned something useful today.  I absolutely got stuck on the narrative today. I have a formerly evil knife, I have a college that will have a boffin to look at it, and I have… not yet decided who the boffin is, why the knife is so important, and why the reader should care. So I stalled. But!  I realized that the hero should have interviewed the parents of the victim, so I could get in my daily wordcount target on that.  And once that’s done, I can put it into the main text and maybe get a better idea.

(I also need to write an outline.)

Anyway! Lo! The sausage-making process!

Nov
09
2018
0

NaNoWrimo, Day 9: 2089/15065

2,089/15,065

Annnnnd we’re back on track.  I think that I’ll be hitting a point soon where I can use more from the original short story, which is starting to mutate anyway.  I’ve realized that the perfectly adequate villain in that short story is better suited as something else in the book, and am establishing things accordingly.  I’m very pleased, actually.  I didn’t want this to just be an inflated version of something I had already written.

Nov
08
2018
1

NaNoWriMo, Day 8: 887/12975.

887/12,975.

I almost declared today to be a not-happening day, to be honest.  I’m tired and I’m cranky and I’ve spent the last week running around on errands and I need it to be the weekend.  But I decided to work through all of that and finish Chapter 3.  Which is finished.  And 887 is better than I expected, honestly.  Plus, I was getting above quote in wordcount earlier, so this isn’t as bad as it could be.

Nov
07
2018
0

NaNoWriMo, Day 7: 1681/12088.

1,681/12,088.

Tough day to write.  I think that I may not be keeping much of today’s: it establishes a recurring character, but he may not be quite right.  Ah, well, the important thing is to keep the plot moving.

Nov
06
2018
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NaNoWriMo, Day 6: 1729/10407.

1,729/10,407.

Had to power through today: didn’t sleep well last night and while theoretically I could have slept in, it turned out that I could not.  And I was only able to use a token paragraph or two, this time.  Still, we got a couple new characters introduced, including a mob boss.  Now I just have to figure out what help he’s going to be for our hero.  Because our hero does not need any more people telling him how important this Case is, thank you very much.  Our hero needs assets.

Nov
05
2018
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NaNoWriMo, Day 5: 1722/8678.

1722/8678

Another day where I could use about half of the existing story, but I can already see the motivations and the plot complications altering the original.  This is good, though.  Stuff that works in a short story doesn’t always work in a novel.  Besides, this is how you learn.

Also, this is where Frozen Dreams gets a little more complicated for me.  I need to start adding secondary characters, a subplot or two, and a good deal more action.  Why, there’s only been one fight scene so far!  And in a pulp detective story, too. Tsk, tsk…

Nov
04
2018
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NaNoWrimo, Day 4: 1885/6956.

What with revisions, by the way, this is only a close approximation.  I do go back and add a word here, change a phrase there.  But it doesn’t affect much.

Today: almost 1,900 words, and almost 7,000 total.  I’ve gotten to the end of Chapter 2.  And these were all original bits, too!  Got a complication and a minor character introduced, which is nice.

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