I should have known better than to expect myself to get any writing done today. Yesterday was golden, but today? Today was just as days before long trips always are: a whirlwind of distraction, errands to be run, to-do-list fever.
Yesterday, like I said, went well. I wrote in three sittings, spread throughout the day. Some much-needed progress was made, both in plotting and word count. By the day’s end, I’d completed 2,133 new words¹.
Honestly, I felt particularly victorious with this chunk of words. I’d been having difficulty figuring out how best to weave the main plot with a couple of subplots, and it finally clicked. The threads intersected in an organic way that makes total sense; yet again, despite all my planning, my characters surprised me². Now, the ball has been set in motion for all these brewing conflicts to rear their ugly heads, snarl with a vengeance, and take some painful bites out of my characters. Then, it will be time for them to figure out how to bandage themselves up and fight back.
So, though I didn’t get any writing done on the novel today, I’m pleased with where I left off. When we get back from Kansas City, it’ll be time to get my hands dirty once again, and set some serious goals for December.
On that note, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! My access to the Internet may be spotty, so I’m not sure how often I’ll get to post this week. I’ll definitely be back on Monday, though, if not before. In the meantime, have a great week. I’m thankful for you all.
PS: The pie in the picture is one I made for my love. I tried to make a lattice crust, gave up, re-rolled the dough, and came up with something (in my opinion) even more special. It was so good. I love pie.
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¹Still handwritten. Still enjoying the change. Hand has not yet withered into an angry ball of bones, so we’re good. In fact, hand is not even sore. (Perhaps it would be if I had abused it today, like I did yesterday).
²Though I’m pretty convinced that surprises like this can only happen because of such detailed planning. I can only swerve confidently away from my original plan since I know my characters so well.