NoNo2013 – 30k-ish

I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped over the weekend.  I keep letting myself get distracted from my book by other books. (Facebook, and the book I’m reading, and the one in my Sunday Snippet posts (Sanguine) that I now really want to finish writing.)

Still, I’m past the halfway mark and well ahead of par, so I’m not going to beat myself up too badly over word count.

I should beat myself up over the totally pointless conversation that I just wrote and which will probably end up being edited out. (Seriously, Self, no one cares about the sex life and child-rearing habits of an alien race. The sex life part might be important if I was writing erotica, but I’m not, so could we please move on?)

Ahem.  Right.  Anyhow…

As you can maybe guess, Taliya, my main character, is no longer traveling alone. (Yay! Dialogue!)

This means that the story is getting easier to write and is going to start moving faster.  (I hope.)

It may also mean that I’m going to start liking it more.

These are good things because 30k is where I normally hit my slump and if I get into any more of a slump with this thing than I already am I’ll be un-writing it. (I don’t know why, but 30,000 to 39,999 always seems like I’m slogging hip-deep in muck through an endless 10,000 word swamp.  Once I get to 40,000 I’m fine again, but the 30s?  They suck.)

I’m bribing myself to finish this.  The current bribe is that when I finish it I can go back to work on Sanguine, which really doesn’t need all that much to finish it, although there is a fight scene coming up (I hate writing fight scenes in general and I’ve never written one between vampires before, so that’s going to be a challenge in and of itself).  And most of the upcoming scenes are tense and emotional, so they should be fairly easy to write as long as I have a box of tissues on hand.)

(Yes, I cry while writing my own novels.  Shh!  Don’t tell anyone what an emotional sap I am!)

Of course, finishing Sanguine sets me back even further than I already am with The Academy of the Accord series and with The Other Mages trilogy. But if I can get Sanguine finished by the end of December I can alternate editing it and working on the other two.

So, that’s the new plan.

I’m not holding out great hopes for it though – so far I’m not doing too well at following any plan larger than a novel outline…

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