Wrote on and off from 10.30am to 9.30pm. The first few years when I was giving myself too much pressure to get 5000 words a day I would have continued until bedtime. The last few years I’ve taken a more relaxed attitude. Since I’m in the office tomorrow, I wanted to get a decent wordcount today and 4000 is okay.
It was so easy to slip back to nano mode and deploy the tried and tested tricks. One of the MCs is called Sarah Jane, her name is never shortened to Sarah or SJ. Keep all dialogue tags, delete the extraneous he said, she said when editing. Padding in the form of weather and food description. Have the MCs drink sauvignon blanc not chardonnay; pinot noir instead of malbec.
In the early years, and even now, we are taught to just type. Never hit backspace, ignore punctuation, forget about capitalising the first letter of of sentences, use abbreviations (eg the aforementioned Sarah Jane would be S J when typing). I don’t need to do that.
Chapter 2 is done. The MCs meet up to plan their next steps. Make a list, make notes, do research. I could do an American Psycho and spend pages, or a whole chapter, talking about using evernote, onenote, google drive, dropbox. I don’t need to do that. I’ve made a start on chapter 3. More meeting up for lunch. The next part is where the investigation starts. I’m trying to plant clues about secrets. I know what MC1’s secret is, but I’ve yet to figure out MC2’s. I still don’t know the outcome of this story, it’s like writing a whodunnit without knowing up front who did it.