Thursday, April 23, 2009


Look over there -------------->

Your eyes don't deceive you. There's a new word meter with an awesome first day word count.

Once I made the decision to stall production on Fertile Ground, I knew I needed to be working on something else, but I figured I'd just focus on Nano until I figured out what. Huzzah huzzah, the idea came to me yesterday afternoon.

EQ is a futuristic YA/adult crossover - like Blink. I actually started this thing at the beginning of the year, but it never went anywhere because I was too busy working on other things. The idea that came to me yesterday was how to restart this story. So I went to open the file and look over what I'd already written and... it wasn't on my hard drive. :gasp: I looked everywhere because I was sure I'd already written the beginning. Then I remembered I was sitting on the couch when I did it. Sure enough, I flipped back through my trusty notebook, and there it was. Yay.

Except I didn't like the old beginning. Hack slash rend, and a new Huzzah came about. I saw the true beginning, and it flowed out of my fingers. I started writing about 3 in the afternoon (and I never write in the afternoon - so that's saying something). By the time my husband got home I was 2800 words in. After dinner I added another thousand, and EQ is officially on its way to being a real book.

I still don't have the plot laid out. I have a theme, a setting and a few characters, but my brain seems to know where it wants to go without my conscious mind getting in the way. I'm pantsing right now. I might plot later once everything gels into a storyline. Either way, it's some good stuff so far. (And I can already point to this with pride.)

As an aside, this isn't a pre-written scheduled post. I really am up this early. I blame the cat. If this post doesn't make a whole lot of sense or is rife with errors, you can blame the cat, too. She really needs to get over this need to be petted at four o'clock in the morning. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to turn into a puddle of gray matter. ;o)

1 comment:

  1. Oooh...I love that part where you just let your subconscious take over. I fight that far too often, but I'm learning to trust it . This was after a few novels where the ending didn't exist until it was words on the page, and this following a few fun days of tearing hair out because I didn't have a clue how I was going to end it.

    Niiiice word count for first day. That beats my best ever one-day word count by 50. I bow to you!