The Wizard Within: Part 1

I did it. Sort of. I finished Part I of my new book, The Wizard Within. I shouldn’t celebrate yet, I suppose, because it’s usually halfway through or thereabouts that gets tough when I’m writing. And since I plan this book to have three parts, I’m really only 1/3 through it.

Still, though, 40,000 words would have been considered almost halfway through most of my other manuscripts which average 80,000 words or less. And not only do I still feel confident that the writing is going well, but I am actually still enjoying doing it.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t taking forever. Life does still get in the way and when I do sit down in front of the laptop I might only get a thousand words or so down. The point is, though, that the words are actually “working.” I mean, there have been times with past projects when I forced myself to write so many words before giving up for the day, but I was pulling teeth to do so, and not always satisfied with the final.product.

But Wizard is not only going well, but it is still fun! Seriously fun like it used to be when I had no idea what I was doing, and didn’t care if what I was writing was stuff others would enjoy reading.

This book, though, this one I feel confident people WILL enjoy reading. I can’t wait to finish, share it with the world, and see if I’m right about that.

A shadow crowded his vision, moved in as he lost focus. “I don’t know,” he said. Then darkness flooded him like black ink spilled in bloody water.

Chapter 3: Supergirl, an excerpt

Weaving Many Threads

In my latest blog post on Birthing the Next Book, I talk about how I’m behind on my word count deadline, but what I want to point out here is a couple of fun thoughts about the excerpt I decided to include for the day.

The writer in 4B did owe Jo a favor for beta reading the tacky romance novel he’d finished last month. Sanjay would count it as her owing him a favor, rather than as payment of his, but he was an agoraphobic who never set foot outside his door so at least he’d be available regardless of when Avril stopped by.

As I was writing the section you can read a bit of by clicking the quote above, there were three threads unrelated to Cry Baby Cry that made their way into the scene. The first was, that when I was trying to decide which neighbor Jo was going to leave her key with, I almost decided to use Calvin Ringenberger, who is a character that actually only shows up (I think) in an unrelated short story I wrote about Jo a long time ago. Instead, I decided to create a writer so it would be someone who would most likely be home all day.

Once that happened, it just naturally followed that I would add the bit about Jo doing a beta reading for him, since I’ve been thinking lately about calling for beta readers for Cry Baby Cry, which is not a tacky romance novel (not tacky at all, hopefully) but anyone who does read for me is seriously in my debt anytime they want to collect.

The third thread to mention is that I’ve decided that Jo needs to go downstate for this part of the novel, and when she does, she is seriously treading on the territory of my Deb Donahue books. My split personality is going wacky over that.