Saturday, August 18, 2012


Hello, my pretties. How are you on this fine Saturday?

I know that some of you have been checking in and reading my posts on my trip from my journal. However, I don't have pictures yet, and I felt that perhaps I will wait until I get the great pictures before I continue, because I sure wouldn't want to deny you those while I tell my story. (We just took the film in.)

And as you all know even when a writer gets away from his/her office, he/she can't help but keep thinking about the story. And so, while I was away, I did have my notebook handy. But I wasn't thinking about the book. Once we had gotten to our destination, I was relaxed. But I didn't write anything, except in my journal. I was into the now--for once!

For a writer to be able to relax and get away from the day-to-day grind, and if you can, get away from all form of news--this is helpful. While in the lodge there was no TV. Who needed it?

Once we began our way back home, I set up office in the passenger seat, and wrote the scenes that had come to me while I was relaxed and we traveled through North Dakota, and South Dakota on consecutive days.

Since I've been home, I entered those scenes into the story document, and now I'm up to page 101, and the word count is at 36,305, and I'll be adding to it the second scene I've written, so it will go beyond that easily today.

I always feel that once I've reached the 100th page that the story is definitely on it's way. I usually know by now how long the novel will be, because I have certain events/scenes and I know where I want the climax to come in. I never think about word count when it comes to how long my book is. I go by pages, so I know that I have to begin building toward something after this point. It may take another 100 pages or more to get to the crisis, and then an almost lull, and then the climax, and resolution.

I've already given my MC a black moment, and more things will follow. Foreshadowing something that possibly might happen has already taken place. This may be a little darker than the other books, because of the things I cover, and things that happen to Sabrina. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, since this is the fifth book, and the third one isn't even out yet.

I hope to continue with the trip log, at some point next week. As soon as I get those pictures I'll put up the next post (day #4, I believe).

So, how are all of you with your WIP's? What's the progress reports? Love to hear from ya!


  1. Mine's in the beta read and edit stage... and oddly enough, I still haven't done a word count.

  2. Eh, isn't important. You've got the thing at this point, and that's important!

    Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Mine is also in the beta read and edit stage and I'm at 85,000 words. Some big parts will probably be chopped out. Sounds like we could all use a vacation!

  4. That's a heafty mss, Eve.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I'm at 29,000 some words with the newest WIP. Read the 3rd draft of of the first chapter yesterday at the conference I went to. It was well-received. Still waiting for word on the proofread of Secondhand Shoes.

    Go ahead and send me your next chapter.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  6. Great to hear, Shelly. Thanks for the chocolate and hugs. Everyone needs 'em!

  7. "Office in the passenger seat", I love that! That's SO me! Any time we take long drives anywhere that's exactly what I do too. Glad you got to relax and enjoy your vacation. I'm excited to see the pictures!

  8. Oh, that's funny, Heather!
    My husband always drives everywhere. But I get quite a lot of things done.

  9. 101 pages, fantastic! Sounds like you've got the feel for the whole thing well in hand, too. I'm impressed. I'll look for those pics next week on your trip.

  10. Thanks, Linda. I really didn't think I'd get it this far at this point.

    And I can't wait to see the pics myself!


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