Sybilla Palmifera, Gabriel Dante Rossetti

10,010. This morning’s work got me over the first 10,000-word hump in my new version of A Lamentation of Swans. That’s cause for a bitty celebration. February is the official “into the brink” month,  and January was for planning, but I couldn’t help myself–so I’m warming up to February.  A good thing about this month’s writing is I’m seeing what I’ll need to research. I like to research “on the note”, i.e., I don’t want to read my way through dozens of books making notes–I don’t have the time and I don’t want to be bedazzled by research; I want to read about what I need to know, the exact thing for the story. To help me visualize my settings I’m going to spend time browsing through paintings–I did this once before while working on a Regency historical and it was wonderful for  writing both characters and scenes, and I need to delve into my books on medieval commerce. I have an early map of the city of Angharad somewhere; must find it and add to the city’s layout so I can picture my characters moving about their hometown.

Starting in February, my page goal is 100 pages a month–about 3 pages a day. I want a finished draft by March 31, 2008. I’m aiming for 50,000 words to rough out the book to completion, and then, I’ll research for a month, maybe two, and begin the rewrite to expand and deepen. My goal is a finished novel by December 31, 2008, and in 2009, agent shopping time! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


2 thoughts on “10,000!

  1. Given as I know all about ‘the best laid plans of mice and men’ I wish you luck with your ambitious endeavors. As for me? I’ve been a bit side-tracked this week due to one thing or another (see my blog for progress report 25) but I will be busy at the novel again all this weekend and next week. I’m going to start a six day fast on Sunday and that will keep me close to home except for writer’s group, water-fit and memoirs. I went to see Hecuba again tonight and got, once again, totally inspired, so here’s hoping I get into the swing of it first thing in the morning! (Also got inspired to finish the novel and return to work on my Sappho play!)

  2. Wonderful! Goals are good. I wish you the best! Can’t wait to hear how things turn out. I’ll be tracking your progress. 😉

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