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27 October 2006 @ 09:30 am
a pleasant surprise  
I was bery bery tired last night, so I went to bed around 10 (instead of 9 like my mommy told me to).

No sooner had I gotten really, really comfortable, than the first line of CAULDRON BORNE popped into my head.

And then the first paragraph.

And then the first scene.

I got up and wrote 550 words. I could have written a great deal more, but I thought that was probably enough to get things stabilized in my head so they wouldn't fall out and leave me wondering, this morning, what the hell that opening scene was.

Given that at 9pm last night I was muzzy from headache and walking around all day and looking despairingly at what I have left to do and looking at having signed up for NNWM and thinking there was just no way I could do that and what had I been thinking, a 500 word scene made me feel much better. :) Maybe if I get enough revisions done, I can reward myself with another 500 words on the new book. :)

Speaking of which, breakfast, then work.

ytd wordcount: 367,100
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: meatloaf: dead ringer for love
ellyssianellyssian on October 27th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
That's the great thing about being a writer. Story often visits just when you're trying to fall asleep. Or jump in the shower. Or on a long drive. The words form perfectly, and you just have to make sure you hang on to them until you can write them down.
Kathryndancingwriter on October 27th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Hooray for inspiration striking, and at one of the less inconvenient times it could choose!

Also, I love your icon.
kit: writing2mizkit on October 27th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
*beam* Thanks. I made it for a friend, and she said I could use it too. You may, too, if you wish! Credit is nice. :)

I haven't had a moment of inspiration like that in a really long time. They often come after I've gone to bed, often enough that my husband got accustomed to me staggering out of bed to write, but it hasn't happened in ages and I am *so glad* to have had even one small fit of inspiration. After four or five manuscripts this year, having that was sort of like a sign from my brain that it has not wholly abandoned me, despite the doom I have thrust upon it in the last 12 months... :)
Kathryndancingwriter on October 27th, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
After four or five manuscripts this year

Eep! I'm running the same marathon (finishing another MS today, and then only two more to go this year), but most of my books are nonfiction and a lot shorter than yours. I can well imagine how refreshing that burst of inspiration was!

And I will certainly credit you if I use the icon. Thanks!

Tripspace_parasite on October 27th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, ma'am, we'll need to confiscate your brain.
dqg_nealdqg_neal on October 27th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Right now I have inspiration on a novel idea that was stalled... and I'm kicking myself because I really need to organize my plot before NNWM instead.

I wonder if that happens to other people right before. The curse of the muse. (Which might make a good title for a book.)

kitmizkit on October 27th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
I, not being a NNWM purist, am of the opinion that if you are suddenly and deeply inspired to work on something that you've already got started, then do it. Make your goal 50K on the WIP. Just don't tell the pitchfork-bearing purists who really genuinely get up in arms over Following The Rules. :)
Brian: books will eat melogrusboy on October 27th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
The one nice thing about not being a writer is that my stories don't compel me to get out of bed. :)