December 9th, 2017

This is the week I got a doggy, a writing desk, and hit the 45,000 mark in draft three of Evren. Well, to be fair, I kind of already had been part of the dog’s life, Maggie, a 16-year-old Jack Russell Terrier that I grew up with as a kid. I was ten years old when we drove to Halifax to pick her up. She was the runt of her pack and she was the cutest. I suppose when a pup is the runt of the pack they have to assert themselves in other ways. Let me tell you, Maggie is the most wilful, and perky little dog I have ever met. Mum always said if she were a person, she would be like a bull in a china store. Full of life and crossing people and not caring about it.

All that to say, its nice to have company. While I sit on the couch and write, there she is, squished next to me.

That leads me to the writing desk. I have been writing with my laptop on my lap which I’ve been told isn’t good for you. Well, I received a pine writing desk from my barber this week. It’s so sweet. I feel more professional and official with it, which is kind of silly but its true.

I hit the 45,000 word mark in Evren. I’m about halfway through Act 2 and enjoying it so much. What I am learning with this draft, is you want to get to a place in your story where you know the plot well enough that you can then let your characters lead the scenes. I know what I need to get done and how to get from A – > B -> C -> D if you organise your novel in four acts, how I do. I do that so the middle act doesn’t feel so draggy and long. I have noticed that when you get to draft 2 and 3, that’s when you feel more solid with the story and more of the magic happens in your story. It’s a great spot to be. I feel like I’m finally getting closer to telling the story I really want to tell. You learn as you go, I guess. I know that every novel, from what I hear from other writers and my own experience, you draft and learn.

All that to say, keep writing friends! Keep dreaming that dream. Don’t give up. Life’s too short.

Loie xo

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