It’s a late morning for me, with a lot of slow writing last night and this morning. I’ve been taking my time with the current scene, probably because the words aren’t flowing from me as they once did. Seven hundred fifty words written yesterday; four hundred twenty this morning. After burning up the pages for a while, I’m still getting out the plot, just not the way I have since–how long have I been working on this?
Wow. I started on B For Bewitching on 11 April, 2015. Today is 2 August, 2015. According to the date calculator on the Time and Date website, tomorrow will mark one hundred and fifteen days since I started working on this novel, which means I’ve been writing, with just a couple of days off, for three months and three weeks:
If I calculate my word count right, by tomorrow I’ll have averaged eight hundred and eighty-seven words a day, which isn’t a bad average when I consider I’m mostly doing this in the evening after work, and finding the time on the weekend, when I’m not running around getting things done.
Just keep writing, as they say. Just keep writing.
Last night I sat down and did something I’ve mentioned a couple of times during the last few blog posts: I separated Chapter Ten into two chapters, and then began renumbering the old chapters. It took some time, and I still have to do the chapters in Act Three, but now that it’s done the segregation makes sense. Racing is in one chapter, dancing is in another. All is right in my Bewitching World . . .
I did this a few time with A For Advanced, and I sometimes find myself wondering why I put myself through this craziness. The answer is simple: because I’m always trying to do what I think is right. I think about how this will look if and when published, and part of my mind is saying, “You know your readers will like it when things are formatted correctly.” So you pull things apart and set them up correctly.
It’s easy to do when you have project management software. Of course you then have to go through and change numbers and that sort of thing, but it’s something you do. Laying things out four months ago is when I created the road map, but it’s only once I began the journey that I started seeing the route. And I figure the route is gonna change some more as time goes on, so it if does, I just keep making changes where they are needed.
I’ll finish up Samhain today and start on the next chapter, which is pretty much Annie-centric. You know how I say you don’t want to make Annie mad? Well, you’ll see what happens when that happens. In the meantime it’s nighttime in the Pentagram Garden, and a couple of kids are about the finish a discussion that Annie started some hours before–
We’ll see where their route goes, that much I know.