September 13th, 2012
10,000 Words In And The Book Is Humming Along

I hit the 10K mark today on Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King. Still a long way to go before I finish the first draft. I am pleased with how the book is going. It’s nice to have a smooth writing experience for once. It’s been a while, since that’s happened. I am not as far along as I’d hoped to be, but I am happy with the story thus far. I know I’m still in the honeymoon stage of the writing process. (For those who don’t know what I mean, it’s the stage of writing when you LOVE your story and you LOVE your characters.) The honeymoon stage normally ends around the middle of the book. Right around the time the REAL work begins. *ggg

Yesterday, I went out to lunch with a friend to celebrate her belated birthday. I didn’t end up getting any work done, but it was worth it. Sometimes you just have to take the time to socialize. I don’t go out often enough, but I suppose if I did I wouldn’t get much accomplished. On Friday, I’m meeting Cheyenne McCray for coffee. Should be fun. I do plan to get my word count in and my workout done afterwards.

I picked up a few of Margie Lawson’s worksheets. Her writing retreat looks great and seems like something that would be beneficial. I’ve been seriously considering hiring a writing coach. There are things in my writing that I want to work on to improve and need help doing so. The only problem that I’m finding is that most people who call themselves writing coaches are really geared to the beginning writer and the ones that aren’t, I don’t care for their writing. I’m going to keep looking though. In the meantime, I’ll study Margie’s lectures and probably sign up for one of her retreats. I’d love to hit the one this month, I just don’t think I’ll have myself together enough to do it.

4 comments to “10,000 Words In And The Book Is Humming Along”

  1. You’ve already garnered a New York publishing contract, so you’ve made it way past most authors and their writing. Unless you can talk Stephen King into becoming your private coach, who the heck could you garner out of a peer group above where you’ve already been that you could trust to improve your writing? 🙂

    You’re getting outside editing help which is always a chore well worth the investment if one can make it. With the other stuff, you may be in danger of seeking the art of the ‘craft’ Holy Grail so hard that the stories don’t have any room to maneuver in your head. 🙂

  2. Bernard, LOL! Do you think he’d go for it? 😉 There are actually a LOT of writers who are far better at the writing craft who could help me. I study two of them, but there’s a difference between studying their work and having someone point out where you’re dropping the ball in your own books. I need someone to point out what I’m doing wrong and give me very clear instructions on how to fix the bad habits.

    It’s definitely a fine line to walk. I have VERY specific things that I’d like to work on. I’m not looking for an all around writing coach. I don’t need someone to encourage me to finish the book. I’m looking for someone who can teach me how to take my writing to the next level. (Not the top level, just the next level.) Fortunately, I have an amazing BS detector, so I can avoid a lot of pitfalls that come with this type of search.

  3. That is truly a fine line, my friend. From the tone of your answer, it almost seems to me like you already know where you’re dropping the ball, and you’re looking for some kind of confirmation. I’ll handle this. Okay, you… you know what you’re doing wrong, change it! I take checks or credit. 🙂

  4. Bernard, LOL! I do indeed know where I’m dropping the ball. The problem is I don’t know how to ‘fix’ the issues. :-/