First off, I want to wish a VERY SPECIAL HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister from another mother, Claire Legrand!
So I ended April at just over 6,000 words. Not awesome, but better than nothing. I wrote on 15 days with an average of just over 400 words a day on those days. Considering everything going on with Daisy and the house, I’ll take it.
As I said in my last check-in, I’ve been doing a lot of thought to my villain and how changing him alters both this book and the ones to follow. I’ve been kind of freaking out because the second half of this book was mostly blank. I had my major plot points, the ending, and…nothing else. This is not like me since I turned plotter. I had almost all of Red plotted out from the beginning with very few deviations as I wrote. And while the first half of DOTH has been pretty rock solid, the second half was way too close to my pantsing origins. But Monday I considered the fact that the PP2 I had was lame and boring and didn’t sufficiently show the smackdown power of the antagonist. So I changed it. And everything else fell into place. I finished plotting the entire second half, down to the last scene. I did a little tweakage on it yesterday to solidify and clarify my new SPP, but I finally have a clear second half. There is much relief in this.
That said, I only wrote a little over 100 words yesterday. I was having an epic procrastination session. Discipline? What is this thing of which you speak? I had a big moment of mental blank like “wait…what did this character intend to accomplish by doing this?” But Susan set me straight (she’s quite good at that), so while I didn’t get it written last night, I now know the direction of the rest of the scene and will be working on that today. Yay for that.
In other news, Daisy is doing AWESOME at PT. Yesterday she graduated from the hoist and is now fully weight bearing for her exercises. They even walked her out to me after her session yesterday! (with someone holding her harness up, but still…this was big news). The neurologist and physical therapist are thrilled with her progress. So. Onward and upward!