Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday - Update

My how time flies when I'm having fun! Woo-hoo!

I'm absolutely loving the new mystery (as in genre, not as in I haven't a clue what it's about) project I am working on right now. The words are flowing. Inspiration is singing . . . amazingly not as off key as usual, go figure! I haven't felt this jazzed about a project in a long time.

Don't get me wrong: I love every writing project. The love's just not always so grand. This time, the grandness is almost overwhelming.

Picture it, Tuesday night: I get home from work and finally find time to write. Yeah, me. I write a few chapters and then it's off for bonding time with the boyz and my whiny butt girl who thinks she's starving to death because she's on a diet. Geesh. Anyone want a whiny cat? Free to a good home. Earplugs provided. Kidding. I love my Squeaky cat. I don't love her whining so much . . . Ha! Anyhow, I finally decide to go to bed and . . . well, long story short, I go into my office and type up a few more chapters. The words just couldn't wait until Wednesday.

I love it when that happens!

Okay, not so much when it's 2 AM and it happens, but right before bed wasn't a horrible thing.

So, long story short, in a week I've written over 25,000 words on this new project. Woo-hoo! Somebody pass me a margarita. Okay, not right now, it's a bit early, but trust me, there's a margarita in my future this evening.

Technically, as far as my standards go, I'm at the half way point in this project. I normally aim for 50,000 words on a rough draft. Yeah, not a huge amount of words, and definitely under industry standards, but . . . this is only a rough draft. The next draft phase normally adds quite a few words as I expand on such things as setting, etc. The rough draft is always: get the story out, develop the characters as much as possible, and get from Point A to Point The End.

Have I mentioned how much fun I'm having writing this project? I'm tossing rules out the window nilly-willy or willy-nilly whatever the case might be. Ha! Seriously, I'm taking a laid back attitude with this project and, well, just having loads of fun. I have the banter thing down between the two main characters, I have a tension thing going on with two other characters, and I'm taking over-the-top presentations of some other characters. All in all it boils down to one thing: FUN!

Have a great weekend.



Indigo said...

I need an infusion of your enthusiasm lately. (Hugs)Indigo

Alleged Author said...

We work the same way! I also write down the boiled down plot (not at industry word count standards) then go back and add details and such. People give me this "you're crazy" look, but it works for me to do it this way.

Scott said...

Indigo - sending an infusion your way.

Alleged - I always consider the rough draft the skeleton, just the bare bones. The rest - muscles, nerves, everything - comes later.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Wow! Congrats on that word count!!!