Part 3 Begins

I started writing part 3 of my plan today. This is where all the juicy bits come in to play, so the words came easily. I wrote over 2,000 words at work and then wrote another 700 words in the evening which finished off the scene. This means I’ve actually stopped on a scene break and that’s not a good practice for me, as it’s too much like starting with a blank document the next day. But I’ve had enough for today and will chance it.

My NaNo Progess:

Today’s Word Count: 2,704

Mirror Image – 55% Complete

27,805 / 50,000

Reaching the Half Way Mark

After my terrible day yesterday, head wise not word wise, it meant that if I was to reach the personal goal I had set myself for this weekend, then I would have to work extra hard today.

It meant I would have to write over 3,000 words in one day. That’s a lot of words!

After an excellent sleep last night, I was up at 8am and sitting at my laptop at 8.15am, with a cup of tea and cereal already in my belly. By 9am, I already had 787 words written. It was a mighty fine start to reaching the desired goal.

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We got home rather late at about 4pm. Then the race to the half way mark really began. Not wanting to experience another migraine I tried to limit my time on the laptop for each writing session. By 6pm, I had 1,820 words, but was unsure if I could get the other 1,400 words down in those later hours.

There’s a lot to be said about being on a roll. The words flow quicker than I can type them and I can type fast. AT 7.45pm, I had finished the scene and when I checked my word count, I had accomplished my goal for the weekend.

I am over the half way mark.

My NaNo Progess:

Today’s Word Count: 3,288

Mirror Image – 50% Complete

25,101 / 50,000

The Horror and Unexpected Love

Mirror Image is based on a family and their emotions after the death of a son (it is a fictitious story and is not based on what has happened in my own family). Part 1 dealt with the family’s grief and how they coped with moving on with their life. Part 2 steps into something else altogether as it is the beginning of a horror thread that runs through the story.

I’ve never written horror before, but it used to be my preferred genre many years ago, so I’ve read a lot of it. Upon writing the first scene where the horror starts, the words kind of went crazy at the beginning. I found I could only write a few words at a time and then I’d have to do something else for a minute or two. Then, I got into the swing of it and I was away.

When I planned the story, I actually planned the horror thread as if it was a character. I found this approach gave me the why, how, when and where. This gave the whole thread more depth. Then, within the horror thread, I have a second story running parallel with the main plot. This second story is more two dimensional, but that’s the way it was planned, and the characters are vague, but that’s planned too. However, at the end, it will all make sense.

But that wasn’t all; I was also blessed with the arrival of an unplanned character. She put on her high heels, a short skirt and deep red lipstick and she walked right up to my MC’s older brother and introduced herself. He was rather taken with her and I have to say that so was I (but not for the same reasons 😉 ). This girl has style and confidence, and she is completely out there. She also has a soft side that will eventually get through to a grieving young man who is in need of love. Even a planned story can hold surprises and this was a surprise to me, but I can already see that the resolution for the character she has connected herself to will be more complete because of her.

Today, the horror began, but so did the love. That’s a wacky combination, but I believe they compliment each other and will give the story balance.

My NaNo Progess:

Today’s Word Count: 2,428

Mirror Image – 40% Complete

20,103 / 50,000

On This Day

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Update on my writing: Yesterday, I said something had to give and I chose this blog, but today it was my writing that I pushed aside. I didn’t reach the NaNo minimum word count, or my personal daily goal of 2,000 words, but some things are more important than writing…namely family. Today, because it was my son’s birthday, we went out for dinner and had a “late” night. Well, arriving home at 8.30pm is late for me. 😉 I’ll make up the lag over the weekend.

My NaNo Progess:

Today’s Word Count: 1,516

Mirror Image – 35% Complete

17,675 / 50,000

Mirror Image: Part 1 Complete

Mirror Image has been planned in five parts – the beginning, three cycles and the ending. I especially did this so that I wouldn’t run out of things to say in week 2 or 3 of NaNo. However, I’m writing a story that is strong in my mind (and heart) and I don’t think I’ll be backing myself into a corner any time soon.

Today, even though I was extremely busy, I managed to get to the end of Part 1 and I’ve exceeded my hoped for word count, so I’m doing well.

But I have a problem…

As I predicted before I started this project, my energy levels are beginning to suffer. I’ve been careful to date to make sure I eat properly and sleep as often as I can. I’ve also made a point of trying to get my words down during daylight hours, which allows me to rest in the evening. Apart from the weekend, when I’ve been able to nap during the day, this “writing during the day” plan has worked well, except for today.

It’s only 8.30pm and I’ve reached my goal, so it’s nothing serious. I realise some people have to write well into the midnight hours and to those people I wish you all the luck in the world. Unfortunately, my health won’t allow that at the moment. Tonight, I can still go and “veg out”. But I’m worried that tomorrow will get a little bit harder and the day after that harder still.

If I can make it to the weekend, I’ll be able to recharge my batteries. I certainly intend to try my hardest. I need to stay calm and rest often. I think I can do that.

My NaNo Progess:

Today’s Word Count: 2,125

Mirror Image – 27% Complete

13,705 / 50,000

Mirror Image: First and Only Excerpt

The other day I visited Struggling Writer’s blog and found an excerpt of his current NaNo writings. I was impressed by the fact that he had posted part of his work and left his site thinking about if I could do the same thing. My answer was definitely not.

However, I found myself thinking about this for way longer than I should have done and eventually came to the conclusion that a writer should be confident enough to show a part of their work – no matter how small. I slept on that realisation and the next day I decided to post an excerpt of my own work…but it didn’t happen.

Today I’m going to take a leaf out of Struggling Writer’s book and I’m going to share the unedited opening of Mirror Image. This will be the first and only excerpt I’ll place here and I hope you like it (I won’t be offended if you don’t).

“In grief at your death, but in gratitude for your life, and for the privilege of sharing it with you, we commit your body to be cremated.”

Kirsti Fowler stared at the coffin, tears blurring her vision, a lump causing pain in her throat. Was her twin brother really in that wooden box? How could it be possible? She turned to her parents and found them huddled together. Her mother sobbed uncontrollably and tears rolled down her father’s cheeks. She had never seen him openly cry before and it made her feel uneasy. Kirsti’s older brother, Tim, stood ashen faced on the other side of them. He stared at something just above the coffin. Kirsti had seen that look many times before and knew he was a million miles away.

Her gaze returned to the framed photo of Owen sitting amongst the beautiful array of flowers on top of the coffin. The smiling face stared back at her and a small sob escaped her throat. How could he be dead? A mistake. It was all a horrible mistake. It had to be. She swallowed and turned her attention back to the grey-haired priest.

“Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

They say write what you know. I know about a family’s suffering when a young person dies and I wanted to explore the emotions my family felt and the way other people reacted to us in a setting that may overlap my own life, but is completely fictional in all other ways. More than that I will not say, except, I guess you can now see why the words are flowing so easily.

My NaNo Progess:

Today’s Word Count: 2,228

Mirror Image – 23% Complete

11,580 / 50,000