The all-knowing and all-powerful “they” say it takes 3 weeks to establish a habit. Now that September is thankfully behind me, I’m hoping to prove “them” right. September saw my creative writing crash to a halt. I was far too busy at work with a massive report due by the 30th, and I couldn’t face my computer afterward, even to spend time with some wonderful characters and their story. Then there was a family health scare that fortunately took a turn for the better. I ended up writing all of 772 words over 6 days.
But now we’re in October, and life has settled down again. As of the end of the day on October 11th, I’ve written 2,325 words over 9 days. That’s not a huge number, but it’s already a leap over September. But October isn’t about a specific word count. My aim is to regain the habit of writing something more days than not. It’s too early to reach for a specific word goal. Just as when we begin a new exercise routine after a long absence, we can’t expect to run a marathon every day from day one.
So I’m happy with my progress on the manuscript, slow as it has been. It’s just under 40,000 words. Of course, some of the toughest bits remain to be written—namely the dreaded middle scenes. I’ve done my homework. I know how they can make or break a book. Too many books start out and finish well, but readers are let down by a saggy middle. I want to avoid that.
Maybe you remember I posted the above photo quite some time back. That’s when the idea for this story was new and not yet fully formed. I suspect my main character is groaning about seeing this image. This place causes a lot of headaches for several characters. And the supporting cast contributes to those headaches. The main has taken to calling some of them “a confrontation of Tarletons.” A murder of crows or even a kettle of vultures would be more welcome at this place.
I hope you’ve all been well since I last posted. And I hope to be visiting your blogs more frequently now that things are a bit calmer. I’m knocking on wood as I say that—I don’t want to tempt Fate to add too much more to the mix! And I know this isn’t Tuesday, but tomorrow will be really busy, so I’m posting a day early. 🙂