August 24, 2010

Progress Report #1

I'm proud to report that my main character (who, oddly, does not yet have a name) has made it from her starting situation into the fray of the story.

I'm pretty pleased about this. While I am not writing quite as much as I wanted to be writing, I'm still writing more and more consistently than I ever have on a novel (with the exception of NaNoWriMo, which doesn't really count because what I tend to do there is vomit words from my hands through a keyboard onto a screen).

I'm also pleased by the fact that I'm really interested in what's happening to this character right now. Which means that theoretically (in a couple of years and a few dozen rewrites) you might be too.

You may be expecting a word count update, and I'd love to provide one. The only problem is that I'm writing this novel the long way. That's right - by hand. It took a long time for me to figure out that the only surefire way I know to avoid the word-vomit syndrome and graduate into the next level (pretty awful prose) is to write by hand, to ensure that my words never move faster than my brain. So instead of a word count, I'll settle for a page count. As of Monday afternoon, my page count is this: 49. (You can see such updates at the right upper corner of the page, where The Final Countdown has made a reemergence on this blog.) Wish me luck!


  1. Sending good vibes from the prose goddess your way. Whatever works to get the words flowing from your fingertips. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. Thanks! It's going pretty well, I think... Compared to past ventures, anyway.