December 1, 2021 - I Won!

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

With the application of a lot of BICHOK (Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard), I managed to write 50,192 words and complete the first draft of Homicide On the Range in November! This is an incredibly rough first draft, and so it will need a lot of cleaning up. The novel will also probably be a lot longer when it’s finished.

When I’m trying to get the story down, it reads more like a movie script than a novel. In other words, there’s a lot of dialogue, but very little narrative, which is where the descriptions of the setting and the characters go. So two people or more (sometimes as many as six) talking in a box with white walls.

That’s not terribly interesting for the reader, so I’m going to have to go back and layer in all that color. That will take some time.

As a reward for getting that done, and because I’m usually finishing up a book and trying to publish it while everyone else is preparing for Christmas, I don’t have any new writing planned for the month of December.

Oh, I’m not going to sit in my recliner with a book and a box of chocolates. I need to plan what I’m going to write and publish in 2022. I spent this morning making a huge list of what I need and want to get done, first in the month of December, and then next year. It’s a daunting list.

I then split out the December tasks (writing a book description, cleaning up my desk, scheduling my work for next year, and taking a couple of classes to improve my writing and perhaps advertising skills) and put that in a spreadsheet. I assigned completion dates to everything and sorted it by date and laid out my work for the rest of this week in my planner.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to have to do the same for next year. I bought a brand new planner with lots of sections and stuff to do that in. All I have to do is figure out how to use it!

That’s all for now. There are two kitties who want their dinner and I’d better take care of that before they get impatient, which involves getting into all kinds of trouble.

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