Day 73 – Double digit chapters

Day seventy-three of my 365 Day Writing Project.

Words: 400

It isn’t exactly an amazing feat, but I’m proud to say I started “Chapter Ten” of my book today. This is important to me because over the last ten years I have started writing several different books. I never finished any of them. In fact, I never even made it to double digits chapters in any of them. Three chapters in one, six chapters in another, you get the idea. This book – the one I am currently writing – is the furthest I have ever gotten. Chapter Ten. It is a little silly, I know, but I found it surprisingly satisfying to start that chapter today.

I didn’t get very far into it because I am too darn tired to keep my eyes open tonight, but you can be sure I will get into this chapter again tomorrow. Since it is number ten, I have some good ideas for it. I want it to be a good one.

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Day 72 – Sometimes the story works itself out

Day seventy-two of my 365 Day Writing Project

Words: 1,300

After feeling some anguish after yesterday’s writing experience, I am feeling quite good today. Yesterday, I had belabored the fact that I introduced a new character. The introduction of the character or the timing of it, both of which were unplanned, had the brutal effect of bringing my writing flow to a screeching halt. I struggled to write afterward. And it was no fun at all.

Today, yesterday’s problems were just that. Today was a fresh start in the middle of a chapter. The story flowed easily, and ironically, I spent some of it writing about the new character. It was as if his introduction turned out not only to be well-timed, but also managed to bring a new angle to the plot that drummed up a worthwhile scene. It just goes to show that sometimes, the story works itself out.