[Hands on Keyboard: June 5, 2012]
I feel like I’m in this magical secret cave where only good and giddy things happen to me. I wrote 14696 words this week and I’m not including the 1600 words I wrote on Friday because I threw them out and replaced them with better, more special words.
I don’t have much to say, except that I’m really excited about new!Chrysalis. If I continue at the pace I’m going, I’ll have a new book done by June 15. That’s two weeks ahead of schedule. Last week I stressed about my June 30 deadline. I didn’t think I was going to make it. Tonight I’m going to hit 55,000 words. It kind of blows my mind.
I’ve been trying to figure out what I’m doing to build this fire within me and I’ve come to the conclusion that even at this beginning phase, having a sounding board is indispensable. When I first wrote Chrysalis, everyday I would sit and tell the story to my friend, Adi. I would talk about what I wrote the day before and then tell the story of where I was going. It worked well and I finished a complete book.
This time, I’ve been reading my daily pages to my youngest sister. She’s loved the book from the beginning and is an editor at heart. I don’t know how to sing her praises enough. She is excited about the changes and the new material. If something doesn’t make sense, she doesn’t trust her knowledge of the previous draft to just fill it in for her, and she calls me on anything that might be out of place. We even had a conversation that went something like this:
Me: I’m really worried about the pacing in this one part.
Her: Good. You should be. Stop lingering.
That’s when I cut 1600 words. Best decision I’ve made this week.
So, HoKers, find people to put into your circle of trust and don’t be afraid to use them.