8391! That’s my wordcount so far this week! And I’m still writing so it might go up even more tonight. Woohoo! Way above my projected 5,000 word goal.
The words are flowing – my characters are talking and telling me what they want to do – or not do. and why. I love getting into my character’s heads and am thrilled with the way this story is turning out.
It’s been frustrating because most of last year I wrote a minimum of 2,000 words per day, usually wasn’t happy unless I wrote closer to 3,000 words. And then things ground to a halt when my father had his latest stroke in November and I had little time to write, and was stressed out by the constant calls and demands from my mother and sister.
Now the magic is coming back, thanks to Christine’s Kick in the Pants challenge, and Marley’s and BlueSue’s continued prods.
But for me the main Kudo’s go to Gizmo Guy who finished his first full-length manuscript this week – an 85K thriller that stars a kick ass female named Leah! Okay, she’s not the main character, but she’s got a starring role in helping thwart a band of terorists. He started writing this story last September and I’m hoping he’ll polish it up and send it out somewhere because I really enjoyed it. Not just because he’s my husband and I’m proud of him but I’ve discovered he has a natural flair with imagery and similes. Even if he doesn’t seek publication, I can’t convince him that a lot of writers never manage to finish even one manuscript, that he should be proud of himself for actually being able to type ‘The End’ and what an accomplishment that is.
It’s not his first effort at writing, just his first full-length manuscript. He’d surprised me last April by writing a hilarious short story about two middle aged parents and some of the hijinks they resorted to to convince their twenty-something sons to leave the nest. (He claims it is a work of fiction.) He then wrote a 30+K semi-autobiographical story – although it’s in the third person and is told from several points of view – about his experiences in New York the days and weeks after 9/11 helping the survivors rebuild a contingency computer center after the main one was destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed. A terrifying look at some of the things the survivors are having to deal with. But it’s awful personal to him, so it’ll probably never be made public.
Encrypted is his first foray into a full-length suspense a la Tom Clancy or Stephen Coonts – two authors he regularly reads. And I think he’s as good as either of them. But then I’m biased. Now I’m anxious to see what he’ll write next.