10 Jun 2012
ROW80 Check In 10/06/2012
Word count: 20,210
After reaching 20K earlier in the week, I've slowed down since then. I think I burned myself out a little, trying to get as much writing done as possible that first few days and needed the little breaks once in a while. I thought I could maybe get away with them if I've already written up to 20K. And I also wanted to take the time to get a few holiday chores done before work starts again and the chaos of the last term begins.
I'm happy where things are leading in this draft. I like it a whole lot more than the first draft for Beast Inside which I thought was absolutely horrendous when I finished. I like the characters, I know them better than I did when I first started planning the novel at the beginning of university, and I know what their sub-plots are and how they'll develop with them.
The sub-plots also have lead to a few surprise turns that I think works well for each character's development and stories. I'm actually pairing up a couple of characters which fits well into what they're experiencing at school. I normally avoid romance if I'm writing anything with supernatural elements because I always think it'll just get in the way for the characters but this time I'm making an exception. It works, it doesn't steer away from the plot, and it'll give whole new sides to the characters.
Next week's target: 30,000
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