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WIP Watch: Day 50

It’s still November so I’m in a state of mixed exhaustion and triumph. I suppose a lot of the exhaustion might be born from the fact that I’ve been so on the go today that I haven’t yet found the time to drink a second cup of tea. Trust me, the books I write use tea as a catalyst to bring them to life. Without the proper caffeine, I tend to sit and blearily stare at the page, hoping that my notes make enough sense for me to expound upon them.

For now, let’s circle back to the triumph portion of this blog post (although, if you swing by my way and happen to bring a steeped tea from Tim Hortons, double double, all the better!):

I wrote THE END on the second Lady Katherine Regency Mystery! Huzzah! You can expect more news about it next month, and some special secrets in my December Newsletter. Don’t forget to sign up here!

I am also up to 100,000 words in Speak Not of Murder! Usually, this would be double the cause for a celebration because the book would be done, but I think I’ve already mentioned that this book appears to have a life of its own. I will have to cut it down in the editing stage, for sure.

Around Wednesday of last week, when I was at 75,000 words and meaning to sit down and write a blog post, I was at the dreaded point in my outline where I’d stopped preparing. If you’ll recall, I only got about halfway last month before November started. It turns out that part of the outline is actually a bit past halfway, we’ll say about 2/3 of the way through the book. Despite my limited time, I managed to sit down one evening and plot out the rest of the book in bullet point format. I’ll have to make it prettier if I intend to submit this book to a publisher, but in the meantime it should be enough to propel me to the end of the book.

In the meantime, I’m daring myself to finish this book this month. I’ve also dared myself to write this book only during the National Novel Writing Month write-ins that I co-run…with 8 a week, I’m using those as a way not to burn out.

My energy level ebbs and flows after working for a full month straight through. However, the wonderful part about writing a book that I love is that all I need to do in order to rekindle my passion for the material is to force myself to sit down and write for about five minutes. Within that five minute time frame, the characters and the plot manage to grip me again and away I go for my allotted writing time!

I’m in the last quarter of the book now, so with luck I should soon be able to share the good news that I am finished! Wish me luck!

 

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