Pecking away at the keyboard.

It seems like progress in the writing game just involves planting yourself before the keyboard and chipping away at the outline; written or mental. That’s how I approached my day.

Once Upon a Time in the Swamp is as much about the post apocalyptic world as anything else. I’ve had some fairly grim sequences, and decided to make this stretch a little happier.

Mari came to a city that seems to have accepted their world, and life is much nicer here than anyplace she’s been so far. She’s been in a dark place, and this will give her something to think about as she continues her travels and the hunt for those who killed her loved ones.

She might even have fleeting thoughts about what might happen after her quest ends. This section was kind of a nice respite, but I won’t let her make too many long term plans. Her quest is a life or death kind of thing, so she’ll turn dark again fairly soon. This usually happens when she’s alone once more.

I chose a place called Spanish Fort, Alabama for the town that’s moved on from the historical disasters. Mobile won’t be quite as nice after she leaves.

I’m at around 47,000 words now, and added about 2500 today. Might even get a few more tomorrow.

Old What’s Her Face has to work tomorrow, and we had a nice breakfast before I sequestered myself away. Not exactly date night, but it was great.

It’s time to think about what I need as I approach that arbitrary 80,000 word target. We can learn more about the world, but she needs another fresh clue about the men she’s chasing. Eventually, she has to catch up to them, and this story is going to require a longer denouement phase. I don’t have a hard plan for the number of words, but it’s on my mind now.

I’ve been sharing Pinterest boards and have gotten some good comments about them. These were all made at ten minutes per night over a long period of time. I don’t use the app like everyone else. My boards are all writing related, and are more like a visual notebook or inspiration board. This one is called Magical Gadgets, Mad Science. https://pin.it/3peGbLC

Let me know what you think. Almost anything can be a magical gadget, but it’s nice to have a reference and that’s what I’m building. Is there something here that might fit into one of your stories?

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41 responses to “Pecking away at the keyboard.

  1. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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  2. What keyboard are you using to peck away at?

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  3. Interesting collection. Surprised to see a dynamite plunger in there.

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  4. Interesting board. I see a lot of bear traps. That sports watch is something else

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  5. Gwen M. Plano

    I like your board, Craig. Your collection is wild. I’m not usually on Pinterest, but with writers like you using this media, I’ll be checking in more. Great job.

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  6. The story sounds intriguing sounds like Mari has quite a journey ahead of her. Those magical gadgets are brilliant and I could happily use all !

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  7. I’m hoping to make some of that writing progress today by planting myself in front of my keyboard and digging in. Fingers crossed I managed as well as you have!

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  8. Great board! Fantastic writing progress, Craig. The book sounds like a winner 💕🙂

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  9. Sounds like good progress.

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  10. There are plenty of things to inspire you. The glass eyes made me remember a little boy a friend adopted who only had one eye. She and her husband paid to get him a fake glass eye for his empty socket, and he kept outgrowing them. When they got “loose,” he’d taunt babysitters by popping his eye out and rolling it under furniture to freak them out. He was a pretty cool and clever kid!

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  11. He was pretty neat. He came from an orphanage on some island (I can’t remember which one), and every kid slept in a hammock. He couldn’t get used to a bed, so my friend hung a hammock in his room for bedtime.

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  12. I just loved the octopus in the typewriter! That one gave me ideas, though not with a typewriter… or an octopus. That was fun. You’ve made some good progress. Keep it up.

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  13. Fascinating Pinterest board, Craig. I remember MercuroChrome well. It stained everything it touched. Love harp and the caption beneath. A bewitched object. 🙂 Glad you’re making progress on your wip!

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  14. If a character with baggage never sees that there’s life with the lights on, they’ll never grow. Sometimes all it takes is a place, or out of the mouths of babes. Sort of like the same way the stories themselves show up. I know that was a tautology, but what the hell…

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  15. I sure do envy your word count, Craig. I’m still struggling with a basic outline. This one isn’t coming together as quickly as the others.

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  16. You’ve got some interesting items on that board. I tend to use ordinary items when creating things. Easier to find in my world.

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  17. 2500 in a day is pretty awesome. Happy writing!

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  18. Your dedication is a source of constant inspiration to me, Craig.

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