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Day 3: 530 Words, and a Working Title!

April 22nd, 2015 by Steve


Cold Snap. I like the sound of that. I had no idea what I was going to call this little story when I started playing with the idea about a month ago, but I’m pretty darn sure it’s going to be Cold Snap. (At least until something better comes along.)

It’s fitting for a story of a missing persons investigation set against the backdrop of suburban families falling apart in the dead of a frozen Canadian winter. Makes me want to throw another log on the fire and hitch up the sled dogs.

I got to introduce my lead detective today. She’s marvelously screwed up. Can’t wait to spend more time fleshing her out. We’ve only just peaked into her rabbit hole with hints of a recent separation where she lost custody of her kid. Whoa, how’d she manage that? I don’t know, but I’ll figure it out soon enough. Or torpedo the whole book trying.

See? Writing is thrilling. High stakes, devil-may-care shenanigans. I should’ve started this decades ago.

I just took a quick gander at my word count, and I’m sitting at exactly 1,750 words. That’s the equivalent of a solid week’s work in Chuck Wendig’s No-****ery One-Year Novel Writing Plan, and I’m only three days in. I’m 1/52nds of my way through!

Now the mind is thinking crazy things again. If you can do five days’ work in three, it says, then you can do 260 days’ work in 156 days. That’s a finished first draft in a little over 30 weeks. Right? 22 if you can squeeze in seven days a week. Right? Right?

Well, probably not. This is probably the giddy joy of starting something new, which will soon turn into the harsh reality of learning just how hard writing a full-length novel can be. But what the hey. Progress is progress, and today I’m a happy man.

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