The Journal, Monday, 1/9

Hey Folks,

Another slow start today, basically doing almost nothing the first two-plus hours.

Also I was beginning to feel a little stalled on the novel. Which is silly. This thing is so rich for storylines and subplots that it isn’t even funny.

The difficult part (for me), especially as I write a novel that depends, in part, on characters and situation from an earlier novel is to remember to just have fun with it. I was reminded of that this morning when I read yet another novelist complaining about the actual physical pain she endures when writing novels. Seriously? (grin)

Anyway, melding the information from two novels (character names, situations, dates etc.) is serious, conscious-mind stuff. But the actual writing has to be fun or I’d mu-hu-hu-HUCH rather do something else. (grin)

Anyway, the story handed me a twist this morning, so it’s moving along fine again now.

Of Interest

Dean’s at it again with Introduction: How To Write a Novel In Five Days While Traveling (

Remember to check Kris’ site ( for her Free Fiction Monday installment.

Today, and Writing

Rolled out at 3. Did little or nothing for the first couple hours, then breakfast for the household (roughly half a ton of pancakes.

I finally turned to the novel at around 9. I worked on it, off and on, for almost 5 hours before calling it a day. A pretty good day.

Not only did the story hand me a twist, but about the time I addressed that one it handed me another one. I hope it continues racing along like this. (grin)

Back tomorrow.

Fiction Words: 4284
Nonfiction Words: 240 (Journal)
So total words for the day: 4524

Writing of The Claim (novel, working title)

Day 1…… 4391 words. Total words to date…… 4391
Day 2…… 3632 words. Total words to date…… 8023
Day 3…… 1416 words. Total words to date…… 9439
Day 4…… 2673 words. Total words to date…… 12112
Day 5…… 4284 words. Total words to date…… 16396

Total fiction words for the month……… 18024
Total fiction words for the year………… 18024
Total nonfiction words for the month… 5260
Total nonfiction words for the year…… 5260

Total words for the year (fiction and nonfiction)…… 23284