Writing Marathon


Ready, set, go! 

I have a week(ish) of vacation. Other than possibly a couple of days down to visit my mother and sister with all the kids (during which I plan to get no writing done other than daily minimums, and that because Mom will encourage me into it), I have a full seven days to write in. I want to finish East Witch, with a tentative wordcount goal of a hundred thousand words. As of last night, that manuscript was at 69,832 words. So. Thirty thousand words in seven days. About 4300 words a day. That is… doable, if I am focused on nothing else. And if the story flows. I think it will. I have the end vaguely in my head. I need to tuck some loose ends in, write a murthering great battle scene, and then climactic confrontations, before dual ending scenes (nature of time in this world I’m writing dictates two ends). 

I can do this. 

I think. 

Since I’m up 1200 words already this morning from transcribing dictation, I think I’m going to be fine. Also, I’m learning that dictation for me, if I’m telling story into the recorder (I was, for these two recordings) is about 100 words per minute. So that’s interesting. Not that I know what to make of it, but it’s something to see if it changes in time. I don’t talk fast when I’m composing on the fly. And I still hate the sound of my own voice. 

Oh, if you are interested in some of the research material I was using for the background and folklore that I’m building East Witch from, check out Tales of Yukaghir, Lamut, and Russianized Natives of Eastern Siberia. It’s a free public domain book, and the stories are fascinating glimpses into tribes and traditions that have faded away. Unless you are Underhill, of course. 




2 responses to “Writing Marathon”

  1. Margaret Ball Avatar
    Margaret Ball

    Go Cedar!!!

    And don’t worry about the cover request I just sent you. It can wait. I wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of your sprint to the finish line.

    1. I’m up to 5000 words! I hadn’t even checked my email. And thank you! It’ll give me something to do this week when I’m blocked on story. Refocusing sometimes jars plot loose.