A good day for writing

I didn’t get to the writing cabin very early. I allowed myself to sleep in, took my time tending the dogs, then browsed through a bunch of sites.

By the time I got there, Lisa had already set everything up for me in the paranormal office. She wore one of her favorite bandage dresses with a cherry pattern and red heels.

“What’s all this?” I asked.

“It’s your first real writing day in weeks. I put the coffee in a thermos beside your desk, and disabled the WiFi in here so you won’t get distracted.“

“I won’t get distracted.”

“I know. There’s no WiFi. I’ll turn it back on so you can save to the cloud when you’re finished. Now see if you can help that poor girl find the killer.” She left to take care of other duties.

I read back over my last chapter, made a few corrections, then forged ahead. It felt like a slog, because everything is starting to come together. There were a couple of times I had to go back and adjust the plants that were starting to pay off in the story.

My detective character still can’t remember his encounter with Lizzie and the hat. His wife’s spirit talked him into asking his father for help, but that happened off the page. I spent some time with him going over the six silver bullets his father provided him, and kind of like the way that scene came out.

Because of this POV character, I’m using more section breaks now. As the story comes to an end that always seems to be the case.

Meanwhile, Lizzie finished blinging up her pawn shop jacket and earned some new snow tires, because it’s the little things that count. She also spent the evening with one of her bosses at the diner. When chasing a monster that only shows up a few days per month, she also tends to get a little grouchy.

I enjoyed her evening with Dave at the diner, and it’s a nice reminder that she had friends before the hat upended her life. The diner was quiet, it was a major snowstorm, and a killer is stalking their streets. Makes the dinner shift kind of slow. I’m not totally out of my mind, because right after they locked up, Lizzie went monster hunting on the first night of the full moon.

Because of the blizzard, their night was mostly a stakeout. They spent some time listening to the idiots who call in to Night Bump Radio, then checked what appears to be a favorite travel path of the monster. They just reached the drainage when the sound of distant gunfire pulled them into action.

That’s where I stopped for the day. While it felt kind of laborious, I’m happy with the scenes. I was surprised when my word count came in at 3000 words, because it felt like about half that.

Sundays usually make for lousy writing days. I need to put something together for Story Empire so I’ll dedicate my time to that. I have a couple of things roughed out, but I need to find some graphics. I know posts always do better with graphics, but rarely use them here.

I’m calling it a win. I got some words down, and actually like what happened. Tomorrow I’ll get my next SE post scheduled.


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23 responses to “A good day for writing

  1. Love the WiFi getting removed to avoid distractions. Lisa is very wise.

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  2. I love reading about progress, it’s just a pity I haven’t made any of my own this week…

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  3. Sounds like some good progress, Craig. Enjoy your Sunday 🙂

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  4. Congrats on making great progress. I always feel energized after a good day writing. It makes me want to dive back in immediately, but like you, I rarely get that time except for weekends.
    For me, it’s back to editing. A few more chapters on this book, then I can start the next project. I’m looking forward to it!
    Glad to see Lisa keeping the distractions at bay.

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  5. Gunshots, huh? Hope it’s the detective and the silver bullets work, even if they just wound the monster. I like “down” scenes between action ones. Nice touch having Lizzie catch up with an old friend. Great progress! A good writing day.

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  6. Gwen M. Plano

    Lisa is a fun character to hang out with. I always enjoy hearing about her antic. Have fun today, Craig!

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  7. Congratulations on your excellent writing day.

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  8. Sounds like a productive day.

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  9. Eeek! No spoiler alerts, please. This reader can’t wait for the finished product. 😉

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  10. I’d also call that a win!

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  11. Sounds very productive to me. Nicely done!

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  12. Good thinking by Lisa! Great to have a good day writing


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