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The Dark Lands Book 2 Week 6

I passed the 40,000 word count this week which puts me over half way to my word count goal for this novel. Hard to tell right now if I am going to go way over or not. Still feels like I have a lot of story but I am only half way through, so I should have a lot of story left.

I know that I am going to have to go back in my edit of this book and tighten up the beginning and add some threads to story lines that I developed later. I know exactly where this book is going to end for three of the characters but am still playing around with a few ideas for the other two characters.

A couple of items have become readily apparent to me as this process continues. One is that my discipline of sitting down at the computer everyday to write is firmly in place. I skipped a day this last week because we were goofing off in San Francisco and I felt incredibly guilty. That is a feeling I hope never goes away. It keeps me honest.

The second thing that I am very happy about is that I am having no trouble writing everyday. I look forward to working on the novel. I love thinking about it. Putting words in my characters’ mouths is a joy. I don’t know what happened to me for the last ten years that I became petrified to sit down and write. I hate to call it writer’s block because I really don’t think that is what it was. More like self-esteem block.

I have received the book one manuscript back from my friend. She had some great notes, some of which I am absolutely going to use. Some that I haven’t decided about yet. I think that I will know how I feel about it as I work on the rewrite. I am going to spend much of my last week of vacation hammering through book one. My goal is to have a copy that I can submit to agents by the first few weeks in September. I don’t plan to stop writing book two but if it looks like it is interfering with getting my book one edit done then I will. I want book one in full circulation before October. I have now written almost 700 manuscript pages between the two books since March. That is a number that brings a huge smile to my face, I am going to love when it tips 1000.

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