Here’s recent progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:
Deadline: September 15
New words written: 8163
Present total word count: 39,077
Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to the grocery store; went to the mall; went to Target; a bunch of other stuff that frankly isn’t springing to mind right this second, oh well. I’m tired.
Things accomplished in fiction: Tagged along for an informal interview with a person of interest from one cold case; did not freak out, high-fives to self!; went to the bar for some Klairvoyant Karaoke and found out that the bar’s owner wants to change it to ‘Psychic Psongstress’ and had mixed feelings about it; reviewed and tidied the murderboard; got left out of an informal interview with a retired cop who’d worked on a different cold case which is sure to be related to the first one – but our heroine wouldn’t have been much help, anyway.
Other: I wrote all of those words in two days – after taking a couple of days to sit down and plot my ass off. Man, it’s almost like…when you work this stuff out ahead of time…you can write a lot faster. If this sounds obvious to you, I mean, that’s fine. I’m usually a gardener,* but for a straight-up mystery like this I’ve learned that I need to have my ducks in a row a more than usual.
Bonus Other: Well, I’m trying a spiffy new word meter because my trusty stand-by of oh-so-many-years (via Writertopia) seems to be…not so much working, all of a sudden. Also, I adjusted my goal deadline by a week. Even at this pace, I don’t think I could make 9/8.
Number of fiction words so far this year: 63,912
* “Gardener” = someone who writes by figuring it out as she goes, and tends to the plot/characters more like a garden to be grown than a puzzle to be solved. GRRM said years ago (in an interview in the Sydney Morning Herald) that writers tended to be gardeners, or architects. The architects are the folks with all the outlines and index cards; they like to know where everything is going before they get started.