In Which Our Author Spends Her Evening Lost in Thought & Plot Points

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 0
Running Total: 71,555
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,478

No official new words tonight, though I spent over an hour detailing in some 1k+ words everything that needs to happen between NOW and the finale. I’ve realized that expecting myself to get any quiet, devoted thinking time during the day is unrealistic, which means I have to sometimes step back from the word-count and get the thinking part done ahead of time. In some magical future, maybe I won’t have to choose between time to think and time to write, but since it’s not then, I’ll do it as I must.

But…it actually looks doable. And in reach. There are quite a few words left, but I feel the quickening: this draft is ready to be born already, and it’s not waiting. We’re in creative Transition, folks. It’s all going fast now. I just need to hold on to the end.

In Which Our Hero Unfortunately Gets Exactly What He Asked For

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,086
Running Total: 71,555
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,478

UGH. BUH. Just…ugh. A thousand words, at least, tonight, though I really had to throw myself over the finishing line, because I was ready to be done by 800. Made this note at the beginning of the session:

“As much as I’m thrilled by these awesome days where everything clicks and works and the word-count just streams out, I find the day after is often reeeeeally hard to get started on. It’s like the hypnotic state of the day before has drained the necessary energy build-up today’s work requires, so getting back to it is just that much harder. I want to bask in the glory of the good day, and not get down to the drudgery that it feels like must inevitably follow. “

Tough night. Don’t hate the work, it did what it needed to do, and more–actually–if I’m being honest. I just…had to fight for everything tonight. Hopefully tomorrow will be more even-keel.

In Which Our Hero Opens Up to the Mistress

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 2,033
Running Total: 70,469
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,478

Phew! Wow. Tonight was a Zone night. My foot’s asleep because I crossed my legs at some point and literally forgot about myself for a little less than an hour and a half. The voice was there, the ability to skip over the “boring bits” was there (one of my continuous challenges), the scene and the actions that accompanied the dialogue: all there.

I’m so glad I spent the time on Friday to figure out what this chapter needed to do. It helped so much when it came time tonight to sit down and get cranking. I was a little worried that it’d be hard to get off the ground, given the extra time away from the word-count, but it didn’t affect it at all. If anything, it was easier than ever to get the new words down. I feel fantastic, so I’m going to just leave this here and go get myself a beer out of the fridge.

In Which…

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 0
Running Total: 68,436
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,478

No new words tonight. Spent the evening thinking about the next scene, which it turned out was really helpful. I needed to spend some time figuring out where the next stepping stone in the chapter was, and I think I found all of the ones I need to get to the end of this segment, which is great. And I’m trying to remind myself that sometimes writing isn’t about word count as much as the mental acrobatics required to create decent new words. At least I’m in a position now where I think I can plow through to the end of 16, and pick up again at 18. That’s something, anyway.

In Which Our Hero Adapts to Reality

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,071
Running Total: 68,436
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,478

Groping around in the dark tonight. Didn’t get much time to really sit down and think about where Chapter 16 is going, since I’ve kind of bumped back (maybe) what the original outline suggested would go here (very, very loosely). It may still work, but there’s this big hole gaping at me for this chapter, asking what it’s purpose is, what’s supposed to be revealed here, why this chapter is important, and honestly, at the moment, I’ve got no answers at all.

I just kind of need to spend some thinking time figuring out what’s important to portray, and what kind of secrets I could reveal here that I haven’t already. There’s plenty of secrets, but which ones are useful now? In this moment? I’m not sure. So I’ll need to think on it, but with a busy weekend looming–starting on Friday, but I’m hoping I’ll still get done what needs to be done–I’m worried mental time is going to be scarce…

In Which Our Heroine Rekindles an Alliance

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,267
Running Total: 67,365
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,478

Words really cranked tonight for some reason, but although it brings me to an easy end of the chapter, it only means I’m going to have to go back and start Chapter 16 tomorrow, which means I need to think about 16 sometime between now and then. That feels like a great big blank in my head at the moment, so I’m not entirely looking forward to it…

In Which Our Heroine Finds Herself In a Tight Spot

Project Title: The Mistress of Frosthaven
Genre: YA – Dark Fantasy
Words Today: 1,496
Running Total: 66,098
Scrap Draft: (V1.0 = 31,142), V2.0 = 12,478

So-! The story gears are starting to really get going, which is great in terms of just letting it unfold and see where it goes (provided, of course, that it goes to End Act II, which at this point, I do still think it will), but is a little scary knowing how incredibly long I can run when I let the story do its own thing. That said, I’m excited about the latest developments, and kind of wish they’d started sooner than this, since there’s a lot of story-meat in this thing moving forward. Ah well. That’s for a second draft to sort out, right? I may end up swapping a whole ton of things around later, but who knows. I’m NOT THINKING ABOUT IT NOW! Good writing night, though. The words really felt like they were ready to go.