A novella in four days: update from day three

I challenged myself to re-write Empty Skies & Sunlight in four days. I’m currently on 19,300 words and I’ve got the outline sorted. So…not as good as I wanted to get, but not too bad either.

I did rubbish yesterday; I just could not get the motivation (in a write-a sentence-and-give-up way). I couldn’t even get my head into Dresden, so it wasn’t just that which was failing! I did only have the afternoon to write, so I ended up tidying the house and going for a walk. But Thursday was pretty successful, as I managed to get the majority of my wordcount and shift a load of stuff over from my old draft.

I have to admit, though, that this one’s a slog. Sometimes the words and characters just fly; sometimes, they really don’t. Some of the characters are old favourites – Yeo and Anoe mostly – but I also have some new ones, and I’m having to really concentrate on the plot for this one. It’s meant I have to plan, and I hate writing to a plan.

Tomorrow will hopefully go well; the boys are possibly destroying a car, so I’ll settle at my desk and see what I can do. I want to get at least the first two-thirds done; the final third is action and hops to a different location and feel, so I don’t mind too much if I write that at some other point. I want to do another 900 words tonight (which will make me hit 20,000 and also finish a chapter off) but after that, we’ll see.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.