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Sep. 28th, 2006 @ 09:16 am East of Jesus Update
I haven't been updating (or even posting). Mars and I have both been sick. Sore throat and drainage, and typically, mine went into my chest. I'm feeling better now though.

But I have managed to plod on, albeit slowly, and I think I've reached an important point: I've passed the middle. Middles are hard, both for writers and readers. Beginnings are exciting and new; endings are fascinating. Middles spent a lot of time setting up the ending.

And I've topped the hill. All my plot points are in place; all characters are primed and ready for their final action. If it were a play, I'd say I've finished Act II. Traditionally the final section of a novel is about 25 percent of wordcount. So I'm in pretty good shape: 8,000 words to cut so far, but that's relatively easy.

Hopefully, now that I've entered the final action phase (and I'm feeling better), the writing will go faster too.

Words added since I posted last: 4,499
Total # of words: 83,302
Pages added: 21
Total # of pages: 333
Hours revising: 0
Total hours revising: 65

83,302 / 100,000
(83.3%)
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From:tudacee
Date:September 28th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)

Feel Better Soon!

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Hope you and Mars feel better soon. (do you realize if I ever met Mars, that is what I'd probably call him, without even thinking it?)

Anyway...glad you got to the middle...it's downhill (in a positive way) from here...you will enjoy the schussing through the snows...and the hot cocoa at the end of the trail...

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From:trinapink
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Feel Better Soon!

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LOL. You know, you're right. Half the people I know probably think of him as Mars. Even my sister has started calling him that in e-mail.

Oh, and it's "when" not "if" you ever meet him, honey. Between your book tours and mine, we'll get together eventually.

Thanks. That hot cocoa sounds lovely, especially with a dollap of...something to celebrate. What can one add to cocoa without curdling it?
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From:samarcand
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
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Congratulations for keeping going even when feeling icky. You're doing a brilliant job at it. We seem to be at about the same point (thematically, if not word-countally) (although taking away the 8000 words you say you need to get rid of... Not that I know how many words I'm going to cut when I get to the end.) (Enough of the parentheses, already!) and I know what you mean about the middle setting up the end. It's a really good feeling getting to this point, isn't it? I got a real hit from realising I was there yesterday.

I'm glad that you and Mars are both feeling much better. Kepp up the good work, sweetie!
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From:trinapink
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thanks. Such a sweet note. :-)

Isn't it a head-rush? I was working away, and I suddenly realized the next scene is THE ONE--the one that ends "Act II" and starts the action rolling downhill fast. It was a physical thrill to see.

And yes, if you delete my extra 8,000 words, we're pretty much exactly in the same spot. I think it's a tortoise-hare race here, and by continuing to write a little every day, you're keeping up with me.

Keep up the good work! You're my role model.
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From:samarcand
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm a role model? But darling, you look so much better than I do in make up and a frock!

I am still fairly certain, however, that you will finish will before I do. I'd suggest we make a race of it like desperance has with davidbarnett but I really don't think it'd work. Life just keeps getting in the way. And, if you read Desperance's journal you know that he doesn't have one! (If you're reading this Chaz, you know I'm only kidding... Mostly.)
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From:trinapink
Date:September 30th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
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ROFL...ah, but you've never seen me in makeup and a frock. You may well be much prettier than I!

You know, regardless of whether you finish first or I do, I know I will have finished more quickly because of your wonderful example of diligence and your friendship/support.

If it's a race, I think you've spent some time in my pitstop (and I hope I've spent some time in yours). And the winner isn't who crosses first anyway--it's everyone who crosses.
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Date:September 29th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
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You are lucky. No, not with the being sick, but with the knowing how it ends and closing in on the finish. I've just realized that the reason I can't finish The Stones of Ashreel is that I have no idea how it ends. I have to figure this out somehow ... and I don't know how. Good luck getting to your ending.

TrudyJ
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From:trinapink
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I'd know how to write a book without knowing the ending.

I'm almost OCD about planning anyway. Before I start *anything*, even a short story, I do pages and pages of prewriting. Three to seven pages of character study per character (2-3 even for minor characters). Maps of significant locations (that's one reason I prefer using real places: I can buy the maps instead of drawing them!). Schematics and sketches of where they live, etc. And I much prefer working from an outline. My East of Jesus outline (a relatively short one) is 11 pages.

Ironically, I did the least pre-planning this time that I've ever done. I just ran out of time. But still, I knew where I was going and how it would end.

Sometimes, I wish I could just write and see what happens. I've been listening to podcosts (specifically Writers on Writing, and many of my favorite authors say they do that. It must be a wonderful journey of discovery.

Good luck with yours. I am certain you will find your ending.
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From:tudacee
Date:September 29th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)

Writers on Writing

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I love that Writers on Writing podcast...isn't it great? It's one of my favorites.

I'm definitely not OCD (never plan anything...as you well know), but I usually do know the endings before I write...I wonder why? Is it because our subconscious is the real writer behind the writer?

anyway, feel better soon. (PS...a good shot of whisky in the cocoa...that should do it)
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From:trinapink
Date:September 30th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)

Re: Writers on Writing

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Another GREAT podcast is Authors on Tour -- Live, interesting to readers and writers both. Especially listen to Jill Conner Browne, author (most recently) of The Sweet Potato Queens' Wedding Planner and Divorce Guide, and Jodi Picoult, author (most recently) of The Tenth Circle. I drove through a Portland traffic jam just guffawing, thanks to those two. Frank McCourt's is pretty fun too (in a very dry way).

My subconscious does some most interesting writing sometimes. I'm thinking about blogging about an experience I had this week.
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Date:September 30th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
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"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow,
I learn by going where I have to go."

It's my motto for writing as well as life. But sometimes I think I would benefit from a little more OCD!!

tjmc
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From:trinapink
Date:September 30th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I love that! And I should know who wrote it, but I can't remember (Dickinson?).

ROFL. Honey, with your busy life, I don't think you afford even a little OCD.