Novel #2 Progress: Big Leap!

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This week I found myself with a couple of unexpected days off due to a family emergency (yes, another one), so in the midst of a lot of hurry up and wait moments, I worked on my novel. It is times like these that I’m grateful to have an imaginary world where I can escape a sometimes difficult reality. On the family front, all is well which gives me an even bigger reason to be thankful.

Word Count Progress:

Draft #1 Word Count:

  • Start Word Count: 43,814
  • End Word Count: 48,749
  • Total: 4,935

Draft #2 Revised Word Count:

  • Start Word Count: 44,980
  • End Word Count: 50,025
  • Total: 5,045

Writing Process Notes:

  • This week was a big reminder that writing can happen even in the strangest of places as long as my muse is switched on. In addition, when I am stressed out or worried, writing is an outlet that preserves my sanity. I need my imagination about as much as I need air.
  • Part of the reason I amassed such a large word count this week had to do with the fact that I’m working on a section that doesn’t need a lot of revisions. I’m happy with it as it is, so I’m simply transferring the segment into the new draft. My first novel taught me that I don’t have to revise every single word. The need to revise everything is a trap a lot of writers fall into, but it’s important to know the difference between what needs to be re-worked and what can be left alone.

Novel Tidbit:

Chapter Breaks:

  • One of my favorite things about Novel #2 is how each chapter ends. After reading more than my fair share of YA novels, one of the things I noticed was how every chapter ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. It wasn’t always a major plot point, but it was enough to make the reader wish they could stay up a little bit later to keep reading!
  • I worked really hard at making sure the majority of my chapters end with sentences that will make the reader beg for more. Here’s a small sampling of sentences that sit at the end of chapters in Novel #2:
    • The porch is empty and I am by myself. I think I imagined the whole thing.
    • I walk him to the front door and sure enough the deadbolt is securely locked.
    • Before I can say another word or attempt to stop him, Ian is gone.
    • “I’m not. I just want to know what you are.”
    • “Then stay,” I say, shocked at my boldness.

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c.b.w. 2013

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15 thoughts on “Novel #2 Progress: Big Leap!

  1. Look at that awesome jump in word count!!! I’m very, very impressed. Good job.

    I am sorry to hear there is yet another emergency, however. I will pray for you that the situation improves.

    • Thanks for the prayers. Things are already better than they were just a few days ago. Miracles really do happen. :-)

      I’m on track for another great week in terms of word count. I got a few hours today where I had nothing to do but write! :-)

    • Thank goodness my laptop is so small and lightweight. I can take it with me anywhere and pull up my novel whenever I find myself in a waiting room. :-)

      Things are a lot better today. Thanks for the the well wishes. :-)

  2. Wow congrats on the progress of your work, and I definitely hope everything is well for you now! PS: love the first sample of the empty porch…
    I saw your reply above about a small and lightweight laptop so I’ll digress and ask for your advice. I like working on design and I type a lot; should I get a new laptop or an iPad?

    • Glad you liked those sentences – I love the one with the porch as well!

      I looked at iPads when I was in the market to replace my laptop, but I decided against it because I can’t function without a high quality word processing program. iPads are cool, but they don’t have the features I need to write. Call me old fashioned, but I need a keyboard (with actual buttons). :-)

      • Yea that’s has exactly been what has held me back from buying a tablet… even for designing purposes (apart from one particular awesome app) a laptop still works better! :) Keep writing anyway! I’ll figure how to use Reader to keep me updated!

  3. Sorry to hear about another family emergency….but happy to hear you have stayed productive.
    In my case, the crisis continues and creative thought has come to a standstill. But a few kernels of creative imagining remain, just enough to blossom in the future. I’ve been to this place before but this time is by far the most difficult…..

    • The easy section is over! The next few segments are going to be a little tough. Some places need expansion while others need a total overhaul. However, I’m still shooting for a complete second draft by the end of March.

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