The weekend was good to me.  3400 words one day, 4300 the next.  Not too shabby.

When I started writing Cold as Ice, the story flowed really well.  I wrote the first part fairly quickly before my mind, racing ahead, forced me to skip a pivotal scene so I could get the second chunk of the story down.  This went on for a while until, once again, my brain was ahead of the game and I skipped ahead to the third chunk of the story, which I have been working on until this last week or so when I went back and started to connect the dots.

The first skipped scene was a bridge between the first and second parts of the story.  It needed to be intense, so I wanted to think about it some more before I wrote it.  That worked well and now I’ve got my bridge, which is both intense and creepy and really amps up the action.

The next skipped scene was also a bridge of sorts, this time between the second and third parts.  It has ended up being a much larger bridge encompassing multiple chapters and thousands of words.  Really, it’s the end of the first half of the book.  And it’s not done yet.  Hoping to finish this week, then it’s onto the last part of the book.

Right now I’m sitting at 83,602 words with a goal of 95,000 – that gives me 12,000 words to wrap this puppy up!

…I may run over and have to trim it after.  O_O




  • Paul (@princejvstin) Posted January 16, 2012 12:06 pm

    As long as you don’t wind up having to rewrite 60,000 words. I didn’t know that story of Stina’s novel before you mentioned it on the SF Signal Podcast we were on together.

    What happens when you are “over target” for a manuscript in Scrivener?

    • Patrick Hester Posted January 16, 2012 3:50 pm

      Scrivener just keeps counting, so you’ll see, for example: 100,000 of 95,000 words and a green bar.

      Interestingly, you can set Scrivener to DEDUCT deletions. So, it’s possible to have a negative wordcount for the day if you delete a bunch of stuff >_>


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