I just dumped a few more words I’ve been working on into the draft, updated my counters, and then I went back to the post where I started the Sweat and checked my math. Turns out I was off by a few hundred words. In my favor, so that was nice, but I’m still over 8500 words behind with 7 days to go.
So you’d think I’d be writing like the devil. No such luck. I’ve still been stuck for how this all works out. But Kettle’s been really cool about taking time to brainstorm with me the last couple days, and I think I’ve got some ideas that are going to work just fine.
Incidentally, working with Kettle today was funny. Not funny ha ha, but funny strange. Usually, I feel like I want her to like my ideas. If she likes my ideas then I can get excited about them and and run with it and start coming up with more stuff in that direction. Today, she was skeptical. Very skeptical. But since the tiniest flicker of Plan A was all I had to present, I sold it. I pleaded my case. And in doing so, probably fleshed it out a lot better than if she had said “I like it; go with it.”
Tangent: That’s triggering some random “Eight is Enough” memory in which the kids are sitting at the table and Susan keeps saying “Who would’ve thought?” Why is she saying that? I don’t know. I think maybe David and Janet broke up and she’s saying “David and Janet. Who would’ve thought?” But I’m not sure. Bradfords stuck in my head is always somewhat disturbing, and I really need to get back to Matt and Alex, so– /Tangent
Back to plotting the end. I didn’t really have a solid end in mind for the action plot. You know, it was something about facing off with the bad guys and surviving, blah blah. I thought as I got to know the characters and found details of the story, that it would just come to me. But no, not really. I decided to jump to the very end, try to think that through, and then think backward to where I am. Ok, this would work for a satifsying ending that would tie things up nicely. Great. For that to happen I need this to happen. So I need them to do this first. And gradually I’m working my way back to where I left off. It’s not what I’ve been doing, but I’ve found that the Sweat Challenge is really quite motivating for
making someone desperate enough to try anything! encouraging new avenues of thought.
Unfortunately, I’ve not been getting a lot of words down, just notes. So, for the “in case my counters blow up” update:
792 since last check-in, 48,416 for the Sweat, and 84,700 total.