A Banner Day for me

I knew company was coming this weekend and really wanted to get some things done before they arrived. They’re here now, but I made the most of this morning.

I have dual points of view in this story. Obviously, Lizzie is getting the bulk of screen time, but there is a detective, Joe Yoder, who is chasing what he thinks is a murderer. He’s kind of cool, because he communicates with his dead wife during the story. Neither Joe, nor his wife, have any paranormal abilities.

The day started out with Lizzie staking out the monster, but did not work out according to plan. As the victims pile up, she and my cop wound up on the same lonely street.

It wound up not being a great moment for him, but he’s chasing something he cannot understand. This is clearly Lizzie’s territory. She’s kind of soft hearted and doesn’t want him to get killed while trying to do his job. This led to a conflict that involved some of the hat’s special powers.

What I liked is that Joe also has a supernatural father. I’ve known this since before I started drafting this one. Joe plays a prominent role in this story, but he started off in my imagination as the herald to the next story which will heavily feature his father.

I used this section to discuss the secret between Joe and his dead wife. That way, readers get a clue, but Lizzie and the hat do not. The next book is going to dive deeper into the witchcraft community, and Joe’s dad will be a big part of that.

Joe got a lot of depth from this, because he blames his father for letting his wife die. He’s wrong, and I’ll have to weave in some kind of minimal reconciliation.

The trick is going to be keeping these as stand-alone stories in the series. Right now, I don’t think readers have to read Lunar Boogie in order to understand Good Liniment. My critique partners will help me on this point.

It was a banner day for me. I didn’t hit 5000 words, but I broke 4900 before I ran out of gas. I’m pretty happy with what I produced.

The weekend is for enjoying my company. I might get another writing day on Monday.


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42 responses to “A Banner Day for me

  1. I know how important this kind of thing is to you, so congratulations.

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  2. Congrats on the success! I always wondered where ‘a banner day’ comes from. Although, I thought it meant Bruce Banner as a kid, which made it even more confusing.

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  3. Glad you got a huge word count AND get to enjoy your company. I like good stories with witches. Magic can be fun. Joe sounds like he’s going to be interesting. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Win win! Awesome word count and you get to enjoy your company. I hope you have a good weekend, Craig 🙂

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  5. I’m glad you were able to get some writing in. Enjoy your visitors. I had planned to write some this weekend, but my day job had other plans. Someone scoped a project incorrectly and overcommitted and now it’s fallen on me to pick up the slack. Not a fun way to spend a 3-day weekend.

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author

    Congrats, Craig.

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  7. Gwen M. Plano

    Wow, congratulations, Craig.

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  8. Always nice too get something done before company comes.

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  9. I LOVE days when I hit a word count like that. It’s great that you have a vision for the story (stories) to follow the one you’re presently working on. You know your characters well, and it shows in how you’re developing them–including new characters you’re introducing in your series. Storyboarding pays off 🙂

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    • It really helps. I’m adding some I may never use again, but if something comes to me, they may get more page time. There will be a lot of witches in the next one. I won’t tell all their stories, but will have them in reserve if something comes up. People seem to like the idea of diving deeper into the witchcraft world, but I’m only going to do it from Lizzie’s POV.

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  10. Nice job on getting 4900 words. Sounds like you are going to be busy a while with Joe and Lizzie. My weekend was unproductive in my writing, but I did edit several items for a couple of my clients. Glad you got done what you did and I hope you enjoyed your visitors.

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  11. Fantastic writing day! Congrats, Craig!

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  12. I like the sound of Joe – already an interesting Boyack classic character, methinks.
    4900 words! Wow! Great job, Craig 🙂
    PS: After hree DNFs in a row, I was feeling pretty miserable about reading, so I picked up something that I KNEW would give me a good thrill – The Playground.

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  13. Whoot!!! 4900! Bravo! 😀

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  14. 4900 words in one day is amazing. I’m lucky to get 2k. Congrats and good luck with the current WIP. 🙂

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  15. Great progress, Craig! That’s amazing and it’s so awesome when things flow. The new Lizzie and The Hat story sounds like one I am really going to enjoy. Especially the Joe character that can communicate with his dead wife. 🙂

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  16. Wowza. You never cease to amaze, Craig. Them’s a lotta words. And company, too. Cheers to that.

    The story sound great and I’m looking forward to reading more about Lizzie and the Hat (with some witchcraft in there for good measure).

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