Go forth and write

Just over 1,300 words today on the work in progress — about average for me, though there have been crazy days when the characters won’t stop chattering and the day’s writing output has tripled. (So, too, are there days when more thinking than writing occurs.)

But today is one of those fun, meaningless milestones that serve to mark progress: crossing 100,000 words on the WIP. It’s a big number — one that might cause panic if the current WIP wasn’t actually two books.

I like to tackle my projects like filming The Lord of the Rings, back-to-back and all together. Scout scenes in advance. Get one character’s takes wrapped up at a time. Hitting 100,000 words on this project probably puts me at Helm’s Deep, watching Saruman’s army massing at my feet as the rain starts to fall.

Yup. Deep in the slog, with a long battle ahead but a longer road behind. Forth, Eorlingas!

MQB

M.Q. Barber

M.Q. Barber is the USA Today bestselling author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. She's also an inveterate, unrepentant scribbler of ideas on whatever's handy.

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