WIPMarathon Check-In #3

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Last Check-In Word Count + Chapter Count: 30,715 words, Chapter 17

Current WC + CC: 51,493, middle of Chapter 32 (20,778 words for the week)
(My chapters are all screwed up right now so I have no idea what chapter it really is.)

^_^ I met my WIPMarathon goal of 40k on Tuesday!

I’m off work next week so I had a secret goal of hitting 40k by the 24th (today) so I could go into vacation week halfway done. My goal for the rest of the month is to get as close to the end of this first draft as possible. Then I’m taking a break so all the things I screwed up can come out and dance their way onto my ever growing list of revision notes. If I don’t make 80k with this first draft, I will in the next one.

WIP Issues this week: I was faced with the middle of my story and panicked, almost having a complete meltdown. Considered giving up. Considered going back to the beginning and revising and seeing if I messed up somewhere. I had a side plot to contend with and in my mentally spent state it made no sense at all. Like honestly, I thought I had lost my mind. But I wouldn’t know if I’d made a huge mistake until I actually wrote something, so the solution was to keep moving forward. Shocking, right?

What I learnt this week in writing: To trust myself. The side plot was introduced early on in the story so it’s not like I didn’t know I had to find a way to make it work with the main plot. Thankfully, after some rest, I started to see where it was going. Now that it’s coming together, I feel so much better and think I’m awesome again. Lol!

What distracted me this week while writing: Internet again. Lol! But I did get a grip on myself early into the week. Also, I went to a carnival Friday night so there was no writing, but it was fun and we gotta have some fun. And rest the old brain. 🙂

Last 200 words: 

His grip is so tight around her that she doubts very much she can free herself without breaking his arms. A notion that gets more appealing by the second. 
His body is hot against hers. Feverously so. Nephaeli comes to mind. This is her doing, it has to be.
She fights to keep her voice even. “I was worried about you.”
“I bet.”
Did he have stubble this afternoon? She didn’t get a good look at him, he passed by them so fast. He probably hasn’t shaved since she kicked him out. 
“Luca, please. You’re hurting me.”
“Not nearly as much as you’ve hurt me.”
If she screams, will Deryk hear her over the instruments?
She tries to pull away from him. His arms are like iron around her. “I’m sorry. I never wanted to hurt you. You have to know that.”
“I’m so replaceable, huh? You jumped on the first guy you saw who wasn’t me.”
“That isn’t true! I cared about you. I still care about you.”
He loosens his grip but doesn’t release her. 
The sweat from his face is dripping down her back. “What’s going on with you? This isn’t like you at all.”
“Things change.”
Hearing her own words thrown back at her makes her sick inside.

24 Responses to WIPMarathon Check-In #3

  1. I agree with your pushing forward solution for the sticky middle. That's pretty much how I handled my word count this week, and Mamma Mia, you really rocked those words this week!Keep plugging away!Oh and I'm so worried about your MC. I hope that Luca lets her go. Or that she breaks his arm.

  2. Lol! I had to laugh at the chapter mess up. Mine #s are all over the place until I get to the point where I send it off to betas. You're doing great with that word count! Keep it up 🙂

  3. Yay, congrats! Awesome job beating your goal!Funny how our writer brain sometimes knows better than our plotter-brain. So glad to hear you pushed through!Oo, intriguing. I love reading characters argue for some reason, lol.

  4. WOW! Congratulations on that amazing word count, you had such a great week. Urgh the middle section of the story always seems to be the worst, well done for pushing forward and keeping going though.

  5. That's a fantastic word count, well done!I understand what you mean about sub-plots. I started so many threads in my story and don't know how or when to pick them all up but, like you, rather than go back and figure it out, I just steamed on ahead and will see whether it works itself out or if I need to cut it later. The wonders of a first draft!

  6. Well done on reaching your goal so early! That's brilliant and impressive! As is your excerpt. SO TENSE! I'm stressed out for the character! Great dialogue too. 😀

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