The Journal, Saturday, 11/28

Hi Folks,

Not really much going on today, as you’ll see below. I almost let my head back into this one for a little while. You know the drill. Feeling like I needed to “figure out” something or other. Ugh.

Anyway, it turned out it was two of my characters (from different parts/times in the story) vying for my attention. (More on this below.)

Once I remembered there was nothing for me to “figure out,” that all I needed to do was put my fingers on the keyboard and write, all the conscious mind nonsense went away.

The Day

Rolled out a little after 3, and after the usual wake-up routine I went straight to the novel.

I’m a little under the weather, so I’ve written in several short sessions today, puncuated by herding cats and other necessities of life.

And now I’m gonna post this a little early, then go sit on the couch, watch football and probably nap. (grin) Talk with you all tomorrow.

Today’s Writing

Missed the daily goal again, but I don’t mind at all given how I’ve felt all day. I could very easily have just not written today. In fact, if I hadn’t revived this journal, I probably wouldn’t have written a word of fiction.

So the book is still moving along, although today was something I’ve never experienced before.

I was writing along in the early reaches when one of the major characters (a major bad guy who was a very minor bad guy in an earlier book in the series) jerked my arm and dragged me into the future. He wanted to show me that scene — well, those scenes — and waiting was not an option.

While I was doing that, another character dragged me back to what I was writing earlier. I went back and forth like that over about 8 short sessions. So yeah, my characters are a little spoiled that way. It was exciting but exhausting and not something I would recommend.

I don’t mind being unstuck in the time of my novel when I’m cycling back, but while I’m actively writing, it’s almost more annoying than fun. Almost.

Again today I didn’t give the novel quite as much time as it deserves, but given the circumstances, I’ll take it.

Fiction Words: 3077

Writing of The Scent of Acacia (Book 9 in the Wes Crowley saga)

Day 1…… 3887 words. Total words to date…… 3887 words
Day 2…… 3092 words. Total words to date…… 6979 words
Day 3…… 3365 words. Total words to date…… 10344 words
Day 4…… 3077 words. Total words to date…… 13421 words

Total fiction words for the month……… 21893
Total fiction words for the year………… 595766