Morning Pages Entry – April 11, 2014

Well, here we are on day 5, friday, of my first week of doing 5000 words per day, and I’ve managed to hit that number every day. Today is the last day for doing it, and I have no doubt, that I will hit another 5000 words today. That is a friggin amazing feat. It’s crazy what people are capable of when they set they’re minds to something and believe in what they are doing. Sure, they may not be the most eloquent words ever written, truth be told, they are far from it, and yes, it did take me forever to get to this point, but fucking eh! I’ve gotten here. And, I did it against some adversity. My reward for doing it, the carrot I was dangling in from of my self, was to take the afternoons off, and do whatever the hell I pleased for them. [personal stuff edited out] But, in spite of being annoyed all to hell, I still managed to hit my numbers every day. Just imagine, how much better I can get at this when I’m in an even better frame of mind. I did actually come up with a good use of my afternoon times. I’ve always wanted to do graphics stuff, either through photoshop work, or some kind of animation tools. And, I think I should spend the afternoons coming up with some cool covers for my books. Sure, it may take me a while to get it done, and the first few likely won’t be all that pretty, but I have no doubt if I stick with it, just like the writing, then I can come up with some pretty amazing covers. And, quite possibly, I could even do that as a bit of a side endevour for other writers. I’m not sure, why so many writers shy away from the cover art. It’s like anything else (and specifically writing), you can get better at it if you just stick with it. Do a few drawing lessons, and get good at it. Come up with a concept, and see if you can express it artistically through visuals. Anyways, enough of that. It’s time to give a bit of thought to the words your going to write today. So, we have our three heroes reunited in the labs at the lower levels of the fort knox facitlity. Now, I think, what we want to do, is to get them out in the open. They want to make a break for it. A few possible scenes that they need to go through: 1. They need to fight their way through the Fort proper, and make it out into the open. 2. They need to fight through the zombie horde that are outside the fort. We’ll see, how they react to Christa. 3. The powers in charge inside the fort, need to have a little talk after the fact, about how they let them go, through Christa spreads her new mutation. 4. Our heroes Chaz, Alex, and Christa should have discussion as their leaving about where they go, and what they do next. 5. Do we leave them in the midst of huge attack by the freaks. The epilogue you had originally written, showed Chaz waking up from a coma into a world of pacified zombie freaks, controlled by the drug devisied by Dr. Montgomery.

That’s probably enough foder to get you through the next 5000 words. There are a few things that still need to be fleshed out about the book. The facility inside Fort Knox, needs to be fleshed out a lot more. More back story about the old fort, and the secret installation under it would be more interesting. You need more development of the different types of zombies encountered out in the wars. Even if you just use it for back story to help you make the novel more interesting. In general, I think you need to be a bit more descriptive about what’s going on in the novel. More description of the characters, and the environment. Right now, I feel the story is mostly plot driven. I need to come up with a bit of a checklist of things to focus on while editing the book. So, I’m not just editing for grammer, and logic, but actually, have a few things, that makes the story more engaging. You might want to give a bit of thought as well to the possibility of getting two stories out of soon to be 90,000+ words you’ve drafted. If the edit ends up adding more, then no doubt, you could end up over 100,000 words. That’s 400 pages, and there’s no doubt that putting out two novels before the summer would be a huge bonus. Even, if you have to write another 10,000 words, that would totally be worth it. Something to think about.

I should also add, that last night was the finals night for squash league finals, and it was a pretty exciting affair. There were some great close matches going on, and plenty of thanks went out to the organizing committee (including me) for a job well done over the season. It felt pretty good to be a part of it, and, just as much fun, to see everyone else having such a great time. There is still a bit of followup work to do, but overall, a pretty amazing night. And the really good thing for me on a personal level, was I didn’t have a thing to drink, or any junky food to eat the entire night. Yaaay! for moving towards getting in great shape for next year.

TIGERBLOOD: of course DAILYMOOD: annoyed, and pretty happy LOCATION: living room WORDSWRITTEN: 5147 PUSHUPS: 2:00 plank TODO: write, meet at jessicas school TV: American Horror Story BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 172 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: none SNACKS: orange, grapes ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 12:00 AWAKE: 6:30

 

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