Last report wordcount + chapter count/scene count: 70,210 (8 chapters, lots of scene breaks)
Current report WC + CC/ SC: 81,788 (10 chapters, lots of scene breaks)
WIP Issues this month: I've been pretty sick, which makes writing really hard. So, I pick up my WIP, write a few words, and pass out. Or, I couldn't work up the energy to even think about working on it. Or, even doing anything except laying in my bed. All of that makes writing pretty hard. Also, now that I'm getting on to the end, I find it takes a little more thinking to think through all the loose threads and how to tie them together.
Four things I learned this month in writing: Let's see if I can come up with four...
- Making word goals is kind of pointless for me. I've been saying I want to finish this current novel inside 85,000 words. That is definitely not going to happen. That's so far from happening, it's not even funny. BUT, since I plan to maybe remove one whole subplot from the final draft, if it goes longer than 85k, I have room to toss all the stuff that doesn't work.
- Apparently, I have been so busy this month, I only managed to learn one damn thing. lol
What distracted me this month while writing: I can almost sum that up in two words--my husband! When his schedule is off, my schedule is off. He's been so busy this month with work, his schedule changing around a bunch of times, which throws me off. Also, being sick I somehow ended up on a sleep all day/stay awake all night type schedule and that doesn't really work. Which sort of sucks, since I was most productive when I was up all night. Finally, my husband had to go to Utah again this weekend (he was gone Thursday - Sunday) which meant a lot of driving back and forth from the airport (about 2 hours from here). Oh, and I went out of town this weekend to see friends, so no writing.
Goals for next month: Since I made my goal last month (yay!!), I'm going to go for another 10k and hope that maybe, kinda, sorta finishes it off. Then I can get to editing, or at least allowing it to rest while I work on something else to get some distance before editing.
Last 200 words: “Stop it,” I moved between them, my voice a hushed warning. “Now!”
“Son of a bitch,” Holly was still looking past me at Alexander.
“Holly,” I shook my head at her, “don’t.”
“Anna,” he peeled his homicide glare off of my best friend, “take your friend home before something regrettable happens to her.”
I took a deep breath through my nostrils, then turned to Alexander until our chests were nearly pressed together.
“Do not ever threaten my friends,” I warned, “she was wrong to have slapped you, but you provoked her.”
He cocked an eyebrow, the muscles in his jaw tightening, but he didn’t argue. Instead, he said good night and strode past us and into the restaurant without another look at Holly who still seethed on the sidewalk.
It occurred to me, only after he had gone inside, that I hadn’t asked him what the hell he happened to be doing at my favorite restaurant at the same time I was. Not that it made a whole lot of difference, but I wondered somewhere deep down if he had come here because of me. I turned and looked through the glass into the restaurant. Alexander sat alone, watching me out the windows, chatting with the waitress who had served us dinner.
I turned and handed my keys to Holly, “Go home,” I said.
She looked at the keys like they were some wholly foreign object. “You’re not coming?” she sounded small.
“No,” I shook my head, “I need to have a chat with Alexander.”
“No Anna,” she looked toward the restaurant, “look, I’m sorry.”
“I’m not mad at you,” I assured her, “just go home and sleep it off, I know you’re angry. You’ll feel better tomorrow and you can bring my car back when you pick me up for work.”
She looked tired all of the sudden, like she had used up all of her energy being angry at Alexander and had none left for herself. When she nodded and headed for the car, mine this time, I watched her and Cass go. Then I strode back inside CIRCA and slid into the both across from Alexander.
“I think I’ll have that drink after all.” (367 words)
I know it's way more words than 200, but the last 200 didn't make a lot of sense without some of the ones that came before them. So, overshare!!