Thursday, March 1, 2007

Halftime Chicken Dance

Status: 51,000 words

Okay, so six weeks after I started, I'm roughly halfway through my first pass. Yay. Somewhere around five or ten thousand, I was sure I'd be doing a funny little dance at the 50k mark. And if you'd ever seen me try to dance at all, you'd know why it'd have to be funny...

But I blew past it and on to 51k without really noticing. Yesterday the plot moved forward a little, but most of the motion was backfill. I realized there were early scenes that were just, dammit, gonna need writing in. They were crowding out the forward bits, so I didn't fight it. Just sat down and wrote them.

I like the archeology metaphor: I'm unearthing this thing a word at a time. Yesterday I found a few bits of jawbone in among the leg. They were distracting me so I went and assembled them and laid them near the rest of the head. Where exactly they'll fit in remains to seen, and I'm pretty sure at least some of these bits aren't bones at all, just hard crumbly dirt and possibly someone emptied their bucket of chicken in here...

3 comments:

Kate S said...

Sorry about the chicken... thought I'd cleaned that up.

etain_lavena said...

whahahahaha.....chicken bones...funny:)
Thanks for commenting on my blog...appreciated:)

Charles Gramlich said...

I think I have word count envy.