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Reality Game: Day 1

I’ve been slow to get started back on this book. Will take some doing to finish it by the end of the month. We’ll see how it goes. Lots of stuff going on in my life right now. But figured I’d document the progress both for accountability and encouragement.

Didn’t get to writing until around 3:15 am. Woke at noon, then started a vegetable and shrimp stew in the crock pot. Then it was off to clean a house and a business with my wife. Arrived back home around 9:30 pm. Ate dinner while watching an episode of Star Trek, TNG. Season 3, Episode 1. After a some task and getting my wife to sleep, I did the cleaning business bookkeeping. That brought me up to 3:15 when I opened up my manuscript and the database.

Spent a little time reacquainting myself with the story. Had written 1771 words on the first chapter last November before shifting gears to something else. In my outline, I don’t have anything written for the climax. I recall the general direction I was taking this, but obviously there is much left to discover.

By way of reminder, I generally create an outline of the major plot points for a novel. It helps me to have a clue where I’m going, but I like to fill in the details as I write. So I don’t do a scene by scene outline. That evolves as the story progresses. But I find having the major plot points and any sub-plots tying into it helpful so I’m not wandering in the novel wilderness much. But rarely has one of my outlined climaxes happened exactly as I had envisioned it.

The only exception to that are my episodic novels like Reality’s Dawn. I had a general progression in my head, but didn’t know what each story was going to be about until I sat down to write it, or how it would resolve. My science fiction novel, Revolution, is such a novel as well. I’ve written five chapters/episodes on that one. Hope to do more on it by next year.

For normal novels, I’ve only written one by the seat of my pants fully. My first novel which remains unpublished. I’m about 2/3rd of the way done on a rewrite of it. All the rest I had the major plot points mapped out before I dug in to writing it.

This time I decided to forgo finishing the outline and see where the story takes me. I know some of the direction I had intended to go and the main conflicts and plot twist I was going to throw into the mix. No idea how they’ll get out of the hot water I’m going to put them into, though.

So around 3:30, after getting my bearings, I started writing. Getting back into the characters came easy enough. Spent one hour and ten minutes, until 4:40, to write 444 words. For my Parkinson’s slowed hands, not too bad actually. As you can tell, this isn’t going to be Mr. Speedy. I need to find more time to work on it if I’m going to finish it this month.

But it is past my bedtime, so I’m calling it a night, writing this blog, and heading to bed by 5:30. Ha. The funny thing is I’ve written more words on this blog post than I did on the story. But I finished chapter 1, got back into writing it, and it is great to be back at it. We’ll see if I can make more progress in the days to come.

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Day 1: 444 word

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Novel total: 2215 words

About R. L. Copple
R. L. Copple enjoys a good cup of coffee and a fun story. These two realities and inspiration from the likes of Lester Del Ray, J. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, among others, caused him to write his own science fiction and fantasy stories to increase the fun in the world and to share his fresh perspective.
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