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Oh, and it's alright, it's alright, it's alright; You can't be forever blessed

Send in the writing doula.

Progress notes for 17.5 June 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 4185
Total Words: 134,378 / 150,250
Notecards expunged/added/remaining: 1.5 / 0 / 13
Pages: 601

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
150,250 / 160,000
(93.0%)
An evening update, because I wrote for ten hours solid today after the last update, and got what you might technically term a "buttload" done. Chapter Twenty-Seven finished.

Of the 13 notecards remaining, four are plot, five are climax, and four are resolution. Do we think this is getting done in 10K? Heh. Me neither. Fortunately, I *do* get to round. And I haven't done any trimming of early bits yet. And I can probably go to 165K before Liz actually sends people around with hammers.

I think.

Blood & Iron is 170, anyway, and she did say she only wanted about 15 pages out of it. And this book has, well, a lot of plot.

Reason for stopping: bedtime.
Mammalian Assistance: They're trying to pry me away from the keyboard now, actually, and drag me off to bed.
Stimulants: seltzer
Exercise: none
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: vaned, crepey, tenon, mortice (but it knows mortise), seastar, crème brulée, blonds
Words I'm surprised Word do know: anoxic
Tyop du jour: The plant bricked his thumb
Darling du jour: chalky barnacles flicked feather dusters and one grim red seastar grappled a doomed shellfish
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Kristine Smith, Code of Conduct; Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945
Interesting research tidbits of the day: Barnacle recruitment into cracks. Isn't that fun to say? Best phrase from the web page: "inter-clonal highways"
Other writing-related work: n/a

Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest

Comments

Techno Remix? That's intriguing.
Also loud *g*
Send in the writing doula.

Take a deep breath in . . . let it out slowly . . .

*grabs massage tools*

Gawd, so many people still don't know what a doula is. Thanks! Tho, for writing I usually work over AIM . . .

You've got no clue who I am, but I think I originally came across you via Beth Bernobich, and I've been silently cheering you on for a few weeks.


Hee. Well, a pleasure to meet you! And thank you very much!
Of the 13 notecards remaining, four are plot, five are climax, and four are resolution. Do we think this is getting done in 10K? Heh. Me neither. Fortunately, I *do* get to round. And I haven't done any trimming of early bits yet. And I can probably go to 165K before Liz actually sends people around with hammers.

*grins* Well good luck with that -- I'm sure you'll cope :) Can I ask how you use notecards in your writing process? It's a method I've heard a lot of writers refer to, but don't know much about... Thanks!
When I get to the end of the novel and I have all my cards on the table so to speak, I make a list of all the things I have to accomplish between stopping complicating things and the climax, and all the resolutions that have to take place. One plot point per notecard.

And then I can easily put them in a logical order.

They're also good for brainstorming at the beginning of a book. One idea, character, cool visual image, line of dialogue, anything, whatever, per notecard. Then you can shuffle them around any which way.

It helps me anyway. I'm an intuitive/kinesthetic rather than a visual/verbal/linear thinker, so it's good for me to have, you know, physical things that I can move around to represent the plot chips I have in play.
Ahh, right, I see -- thanks for explaining that. I tend to use a mixture of post-it notes and scribbled sheets of paper, though those are beginning to get confusing, even now. Perhaps I should re-think things... I'll see how it goes; maybe I can muddle through this novel just fine *looks at all the bits of paper and thinks, "uh-oh..." when she realises that there's a lot of paper here*

I know what you mean about not being a linear thinker, though. When I come up with an idea for a story, I tend to write a brief outline in bullet-points. Then I go back and fill in the gaps with sub-plots, character references, et cetera. I jump about all over the place within the plan itself.

When it comes to actually writing the story, I find it hard to start at chapter one; instead, I write whichever scene leaps out at me first. I carry on in that way -- writing whichever scene is screaming at the time -- until I reach a point where I have lots of scenes floating about, all unconnected, and am faced with something of a jigsaw puzzle. At that point, I either continue as I have been, adding more unconnected scenes, or I try to connect up the ones I have. And at some point in the middle of it, I find myself writing chapter one and then continuing in an almost linear fashion, weaving in the scenes I've already written as I rush toward the end. Of course, as I'm doing all this, part of my brain is already in re-writes ... *bad H* :-\
Hey, there is no bad if the process works!
This is true *grins*
There are writing doulas? WHERE?

---L.
Editors have witchy powers.

---L.