This past week in writing was very similar to the week before in that I didn't have a ton of writing time. However, in what time I did have, the Lord answered some prayers and allowed me to piece together some parts from the rough draft into this one, and look at the goal I just reached!
Yep. Journey of Choice is currently a 60,000 word novel. But the story isn't finished yet! Which means I may be pushing 70-80,000 words (for the record, 60k is the longest piece I've ever written; the current longest published piece I have is "Journey to Love" which is around 25,700 words--historical fiction must be easier to add those words to than imagined fiction ;) ).
I still covet your prayers. I'm finding it challenging to piece together Nat's story with the historical timeline of the Civil War. I know how I want the story to end, but with the events of the war, it means that I either have to skip years or end mid-war. I don't know what is the best answer for that, so I'd appreciate prayers!
For fun, I totaled up my August word count. I have 6,485 on my calculator, but I think I forgot to journal a couple of days--plus, I did a lot of editing, so more than 6,000 words were added to the draft in August, just in editing form, not in new-word form.
This week, I had to look up an original newspaper for reference. Library of Congress is becoming one of my favorite go-to sources for original documents. You have to dig some, but they're there and they're free!
Anyway, back to my paper, I finally found the month I needed and scrolled in to read.
Uh... I don't speak German (though I am toying with a story idea in which the characters speak a mix of German/English)!! So the search began again. This time, I found something in my language. ;)
Since I mainly write in the afternoons, I've taken to having coffee while writing. I'm actually not an obsessive coffee-drinker and must-have-that-caffeine person (because... caffeine really messes with my system [an odd family trait], so I drink primarily decaf), but I do like the flavor and having something less sugary to "snack" on while I write.
I'm currently trying out some new International Delights creamer flavors. This week was white chocolate mocha (which, wasn't super impressive to me, though it's decent).
Now, for some chatting!
- How many words did you write in August?
- Did you reach any significant goals?
- What is the longest piece you've ever written? (if it's published, feel free to share links so I can hop by and ooh over your cover and all)
- What is your favorite writing tool?
- Are you a coffee drinker?
- Do you like International Delights creamers? If so, what is your favorite?
- What goal did you have for August (any project)? Did you reach it?