Day 9: Let’s Go Crazy

1127 words. This, on a scene that I wasn’t even sure I could do.

I’ve just managed to get my two lead characters to meet properly (admittedly by accident). It might be cliched and contrived having them running into each other (it’s set at a school, and they don’t share classes, so I don’t have many options), but it’ll do for the moment. I’ll be alright once I get past the initial stages of this story- I just need to get the real bits of the story working, so that once I hit the weirdness, I can go deeply, deeply strange…

Progress on FLIPSIDE:

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8,977 / 67,500
(12.0%)

Day 7: Born Under a Bad Sign

925 words. Not bad for a Sunday morning. I’m advancing forward slowly, and making a few interesting discoveries as I go. It’s all shambolic first draft stuff… but there’s some stuff I like here.

Progress on FLIPSIDE:

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6,730 / 67,500
(9.0%)

Briefly gave myself a heart attack when the percentage on the wordcount came up as zero- and then realised I’d added an extra zero to the total. There’s a bit of a difference between 67,500 words and 675,000 words…

Day 6: Galaxy Bounce

1016 words. And all before 11am. I’m definitely a morning writer.

Progress on FLIPSIDE:

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5,805 / 67,500
(8.0%)

On top of this, I managed, yesterday, to crack a problematic scene in The Hypernova Gambit that I’d been struggling with for ages. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s feeling like it’s actually starting to work. I had to basically strip it down to its essentials- instead of getting distracted with lots of surface details, just looking at what the sequence is doing, and get rid of anything else that isn’t absolutely necessary for that. I may not have finished the rewrite, but I’m a little bit closer to the end.

Hooray!

Day Two (aka: The Honeymoon Is Over)

Why am I trying to write a novel that starts off in a normal Secondary School? I really didn’t like school that much. I’m not even sure I remember what it’s like to be a teenager. I’ve already started getting weird and trippy in order to make up for the fact that I can’t cope with writing about normal school life. I’m going to keep up the wordcount, but I have the horrible feeling this might turn into a nightmarish slog. (Ah, optimism.)

Anyhow:

Progress on FLIPSIDE:

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2,078 / 67,500
(2.0%)

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Eeek.

I just commited myself to the novel_in_90 community. I’m going to be writing a novel over the next three months- I start tomorrow, and I end on April 29th. It’ll be a subversive teen spy adventure called Flipside, and whatever happens, it’s going to be interesting trying to keep up the challenge. I will maintain a wordcount update, and maybe this might just keep me sane over the next few weeks…