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January 9, 2014

Brief update on the novel

Filed under: wordsmithery — Tags: , — lexifab @ 10:25 am

Streak is at 7 days, and I’ve added about 400 words to the manuscript, taking this draft past the 80,000 mark (I now estimate it will be over 110,000 words in draft, with about 25,000 or so needed to be hacked out later).

I know wordcount reports come across as either tedious boasts or desperate pleas for attention and encouragement (so, you know, sorry for that). The important bit for me is that I think I’ve got the sense of the story back and, more importantly, the desire to tell it. It’s still wretched writing with far too much exposition, flat dialogue and a complete absence of interesting action, but at least it’s getting out. The rest is fixable.

What are you up to?


  1. Woot! Commenting is back, huzzah!

    What are you up to?

    Two days back at work successfully completed, hard to get the energy to get into the lab but have plenty of scientific stuff that needs writing. Have been serialising that thing nobody actually told me /not/ to write in a couple of fanfic places (And here). [tedious boast] Just finished longest lost city yet (14703 words)[/tedious boast]. Trying to train myself to go to the ‘Teach yourself Nahuatl’ website instead of tedious modern websites, with the usual degree of success. 🙁 But, I think ‘nehhuatl nimotah’ is how Aztec Darth Vader would say ‘I am your father’.

    Comment by Dr Clam — January 9, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

  2. It looks like comments are automatically disable if I use the “Quick post” function on the WordPress Dashboard, so I won’t be doing so in the future.

    Nahuatl is the language of the Aztecs? Cool. (Is it still in use then? Checks Wikipedia. Oh, it is. Well, there you are then. Oh, and chocolate, avocado and tomato are all Nahuatl words? I AM LEARNING STUFF!)

    I must shamefully report I’ve neglected my read-through of your lost cities draft, but I will get back on that ASAP now that I have remembered it.

    Comment by lexifab — January 13, 2014 @ 9:38 am

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