This might sound odd on such a thread, but my success today was in cutting about forty words. They made that part seem convoluted, so they went.
Writing Forums is a privately-owned, community managed writing environment. We provide an unlimited opportunity for writers and poets of all abilities, to share their work and communicate with other writers and creative artists. We offer an experience that is safe, welcoming and friendly, regardless of your level of participation, knowledge or skill. There are several opportunities for writers to exchange tips, engage in discussions about techniques, and grow in your craft. You can also participate in forum competitions that are exciting and helpful in building your skill level. There's so much more for you to explore!
“So what is this about a mouse?” The words were followed by the human laughter Merwen could recognize and understand.
“There was a mouse in the little girl’s room, sleeping on her pillow. The thing sensed me coming, resisted the sleeping spell, and flew off through the wall!”
“A ‘mouse’ resisted the spell. I know you’re not drunk, so what’s wrong with this story?”
“Nothing’s ‘wrong’ with what I’m telling you. It happened.”
“And you’re worried about a mouse?” Now laughter pealed from three throats, each a unique expression of the form.
“I didn’t say I was worried about a mouse. It happened, and it’s surprising. Very odd.”
“I don’t think you know what you saw. But while you’re worrying about dumb animals, why don’t you go find that cat before it causes any more trouble?”
“I didn’t say I was worried, I tell you. And you find the cat. You’re the one it scratched.”
“Okay, I’ll find the cat if you’re not up to it. I’ll be back in a few minutes.” Footsteps clacked across the floor and away.
The cat had limited spaces in which to hide. However, cats have an innate property having nothing to do with magic. Have you ever tried to find a hiding cat? Good luck. They can reach and fit into, behind, under, on top of, and in the middle of spots you’d deem impossible.
By mid-morning, the intruders abandoned the search for the cat. Eavesdropping again, Merwen overhead them guess the cat found a way outside. Of course, Merwen knew where the cat had hidden. Their error amused Merwen, all the more because he knew the cat was close by … next door in the sitting room … sitting on top of the chimney flue.
Working away on Inception - a techo-thriller set in a near-future Silicon Valley. Still in the plotting phase, and won't start the first draft until June or July. Found some plot holes, filling them in. Adding back story and motivation for my characters. My MC has a stuttering problem that will be surgically corrected in chapter 3 (that's were the adventure really begins), and in doing research I learned that males are four times more likely to develop stuttering than are females. Interesting.
Interesting word count today...1111. And oh what glorious words! foxee inspired me to use Shakespearean quotes in my dialogue.
Super stoked about it because the whole Hamlet and Polonius relationship is perfect for my theme. I'm going to bring the two Shakespearean characters (by quotes) into the mix as having comparable motives/conflicts to my characters to create suspicion. Yay...I love this stuff!!
Great news! Congratulations!
I'm still working on the second pass of the plot for my Inception novel - I have five more chapters to go, and the outline is currently sitting at ~13,000 words - all bullet points. After this pass there will probably be three or four more before I start in on the first draft.
Character profiles still lie ahead. My MC (Mike Collins) is sort-of modeled from the Irish leader Michael Collins that helped free his country from the English. I talked my wife into watching a movie about him last night (she was bored), and I decided to have my character actually be a descendant of Michael Collin's older brother Patrick John Collins. He'll have to make some speeches about freedom, so that should fit right in.
I like including animals in the story - and my MC will have a cat, who currently appears in my profile pic over there <--.
The female MC will be named Melissa (Mel) Taylor.
This is so cool, I have to share this. I just cracked 70,000 words! And what's particularly cool about that is my original goal when I started the novel in January 2020, was to write two chapters a month and complete at 70K. Since then I have upped the needed word count to about 100K.
However, I just finished Chapter 33, and that puts me over my original goal, which would have been 32 chapters by the end of April.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me on this milestone...you know who you are.