Monday, January 19, 2009

Day 2 - Book in a Week

Okay, so Day 2 of Book in a Week has just ended and I thought I'd pass on how I'm doing.

Wordwise I'm doing great at 15% completed. Of course if you add it up, you'll know I have to pick up the pace if I want to actually complete Translucent Trust by midnight Friday night.

And I'm aiming for that goal, but I won't be disappointed if I don't make it. 55,000 is an awful lot of words to shoot for in a week and at the end of the day, any number over 1 is more than I started the day with.

Storywise, it's going great. It's a reunion story since my characters, Hayley and Dyler used to be a hot item but they broke apart 5 yrs ago. I'm a bit worried because the first contact they have with each other in Translucent Trust isn't until page 9 but the preceeding 8 pages set the stage for why Hayley's calling Dyler up after all these years. I could write a prologue I suppose...

And since it’s a suspense, I have to garner some excitement. So far the 'bad guy' has tried to kill Hayley once in a parking lot. She doesn't know what to think because no one is after her - that she knows - yet somehow it didn't seem like an accident.

I've also introduced a couple secondary characters and some baby goats. We'll have to see how they play out.

Okay, I'm off to dream of my story.

If this was your story, would you have Hayley and Dyler meet on the first page? Would you add a prologue? Or would you weave the bad story in throughout the first few chapters?



  1. I'm in AWE of you!! You are actually striving to write the entire book in one week? 55k? Holy toledo that's awesome.

    I'm gonna be checking in to see how it progresses. Hugs to you, Anita. You rock.

  2. As a writer who has re-written the beginning of her novel too many times to count, back story woven in through the first 3 chapters.

    I did a prologue in one of my re-writes because some of my readers thought they should know what had happened with Mena and Hugh out in the glen. And it made sense to me - better than dumping the "meet" in the first chapter like I was trying to do (too much exposition). At that same time, I had a request for a partil. Did the prologue, rearranged the first chapter, printed it off and sent it. Two days later, on a blog of an agent I respect greatly, "No prologues!". Okey, dokey.

    Yeah, I got a rejection. Was it the prologue? Can't say. But after consideration, more feedback from some talented authors at RWA Online, I re-worked the "meet" into the first three chapters, luring the reader forward until they discover the meat of the plot. Hopefully, by then, I've hooked them. I'm much happier with it - and since it went out this morning on another partial request, we'll see how it goes.

    Sorry, that was an extremely long answer - should have done a blogpost on it (Ha).

    Great job on BIAW, Anita. Keep pounding out those words.


  3. Hey Kel, thank you so much. I'm going to keep needing your encouragement even after, too...

    Janet, thank you so much for your insights into the best way to open a book. I'm kind of leaning toward the interwoven backstory, too but I don't know if I can handle it with the finesse it deserves.

    Good luck with Lady Bells, Janet.


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