And I’m fresh out of bubble gum. That means it’s butt-kicking time. Oh, I know, I’ve thrown my hat in the ROW80 ring before, listed my goals, did a sorry job of keeping up with them, eventually fizzling and dying and inglorious death. I hang my head in shame, and bear my back for thirty lashes with a wet noodle.
The problem is–book three in The Darkness & Light Series is not moving. Interpret that to mean: progressing slower than a three-legged turtle in molasses in the winter.
Time to take off the kid gloves, release the hounds, batten down the hatches, quit worrying, doubting, procrastinating, second-guessing, and succumbing to multiple disorders of the rewriting kind and just get’er done! I need to put my trust in the story that wants to unfold. Need to relinquish control to the muse, and tell the tale my characters keep throwing at me. After all, you can’t edit what ain’t written. Right? All that good advice I give other people who are stuck has come back to haunt me. “Muscle through to the end,” I say. “No looking back until you write Finis,” I say. “Yes, it will be crap. Yes, there will be plot holes. It’s a first draft, woman. A skeleton. An armature that will need filling out.”
Hence, my goal for this round of ROW80 is quite simple and quite singular:
Write the damn story.
As of this morning, my word count for Edge of Darkness stands at 31,518. That is my beginning marker. I am aiming for roughly 120k by the time all is said and done. And all needs to be said and done before the end of the year. I have another 20 or 30k worth of miscellaneous scenes and notes that may, or may not, be incorporated along the way.
I herewith, heretofore, and hereinafter give all those stopping by my ROW80 check-ins to thoroughly thrash me should I post no new word count. Should I whine and whimper and otherwise beg for mercy, you are to look me in the eye and tell me, “Pull up your big girl panties and get busy.”
There. Now, I’m off to buy some of those panties, and add my link to The Official ROW80 Linky. Happy Monday!
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