In accordance with the mathematical WIP guidelines on Elaine Jeremiah’s blog today, this will be a very brief snippet of one of my WIPs. The following is an internal monologue from Cain, a 17-year-old, who is stuck shopping with his girlfriend at the mall on a Friday night.
What the hell was I doing here? This was mind-numbing, pure soul-sucking torture and I had no clue how people could tolerate shopping at the mall on a Friday night – or at any time, for that matter.
Since I abhor shopping (unless it’s for books or electronics), I have to admit, I’d feel the same way if I were in his place.
Over the past week, my word count hasn’t been very high, but I completed a short story, edited it a couple of times, sent it to a friend who made some very insightful suggestions, and hope to complete final edits this afternoon.
I’m seriously behind on word count for my novel. Last month, I took a wonderful and highly productive online course from C.J. Redwine, author of the Defiance trilogy. The required word count per day was 2,000 and although I met the goal, I think my comfort zone is more around 1,000. Since I’m more of a panster than a planner, the pre-work this course required before beginning the writing was invaluable to me and forced the “it will come to me if I sit in front of the computer” part of me to chart a course and learn more about my characters. I’ll give you an update on the word count next week.