Monday, August 11, 2008

Two Weeks!

Actually, more like twelve days. We leave for Acapulco on the 23rd and I'd like to finish my first draft before the trip. Ibis' sister and her little boy are joining us for the first couple days and will most likely stay at our place for a day or two before we leave. Which means I might have a full house when I'm trying to crank out the ending. I'm sure my sister in law will let me write, but somehow I'm thinking the hyper three year old will not.

So, I'm looking at ten days. Whew.

This migraine isn't helping matters - thanks for the well wishes yesterday - but I think I can force my way through it. More scenes ran through my head last night so I just need to get them down on paper.

If only the banging outside would stop.

The workmen keep saying they'll be done in "one week," but they're still here. Today it sounds like they're practicing for Battle of the Bucket-Drum All Stars. I'm sure whatever is making that racket is very important and will improve the aesthetics of the complex. :)

How about you? How is your writing coming along?


lostgirl said...

Ten days, huh? I know you can do it. That sucks you're still sporting the migraine.. get rid of that already.. LOL I think it's great you've got the ending mapped out now you just have to write it. :)

I didn't get much novel writing done last week was busy with too many other things.. LOL But I'm writing on it right now so to speak. I just got done having my characters fight.. and now comic relief is on it's way in.. I'm about 1/3rd of the way done with this one.

WendyCinNYC said...

Could you bribe the workers to be quiet for a couple of hours?

My WIP is very nearly finished. I'm doing a final (or, final-for-now) edit on the last two chapters and I am DONE.

I even queried an agent, just to get my mindset past the edits and on to the querying stage.

Nadine said...

10 days- you can do it! The best way I find to do it is to figure out how many words/pages you need to write a day to finish in the 10 days. It sets a nice pace.

My WIP is at 35,000. Moving slow, but moving.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks LG. Good for you writing while reading blogs, lol.

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy, they quieted down after about an hour. Now it's just the general noise of the neighborhood. Mexico is a surprisingly noisy country.

Good luck finishing it up & querying!

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, that's great!

I'm not really aiming for a word count right now. I know what still has to happen but I have no idea how many words/pages that will end up being.

I just wrote another 900 words and have come to the end of notebook #1. Bring on the alligator!

Robin said...

I agree - the hyper 3 year old will not want to let you write!
I feel almost idiotic saying this, but I'm trying my hand at a funny mystery. I guess I feel silly because I'm simultaneously trying to promote something completely different. Maybe next I'll try to be an astronaut.

ac said...

My book that is under contract is 25% complete (first draft). I hope by the end of the week I will be nearly 50% complete.

It's not the writing that is taking time, it's the research.

Zoe Winters said...

hahaha @ Battle of the Bucket Drum, all stars.

I'm on the home stretch for the rough draft of the novella sequel. And getting through edits of the first novella.

It's coming. :)

spyscribbler said...

Acapulco! That's awesome! I hope you have a wonderful time.

Writing is at a full stop, but I need to have another 2,000 words done by Thursday, so somehow I'll squeeze it in.

Only four more 12 hour days!e

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, I think a funny mystery sounds... uh... fun! (headache is pushing all the good words out of my head!)

Melanie Avila said...

Wow ac, that's a lot of writing. I assume you do all the research, THEN write?

Melanie Avila said...

And that sounds like a stupid question. I just mean as opposed to starting the writing while still researching other parts.

Melanie Avila said...

Yay Zoe!

Melanie Avila said...

Good luck Spy, I've been thinking about you and your crazy schedule!

ac said...

"Wow ac, that's a lot of writing. I assume you do all the research, THEN write?"

I break it up. I'm writing on a topic that I'm considered an expert in so a lot of the book is my advice and client case studies. So I write those portions of the book and when I get tired of writing, I research experts to fill in the blanks on specific topics I have knowledge in but don't consider myself an expert in

I then formulate questions for those experts and start making phone calls. Then when I get tired of that, I start writing again.

Hope that made sense.

Melanie Avila said...

Yes, that makes sense. It sounds like the way I'd probably do things.

Good luck!

colbymarshall said...

I'm researching for a new WIP...hoping the little plot fairy will come along and sprinkle me with brilliance.

Melanie Avila said...

Colby, that's exciting! I'm sure the brilliance will arrive soon. :)