Her Other Life – Day Fourteen

Today I wrote 3,418/5K.

It’s the last day of winter vacay, so I hung out with the kids and my husband in between two long writing sessions. I was going to write more tonight, but my daughter and I resolved to dance to three Just Dance 2017 songs every evening and we’ve got to get that in before bedtime! And then there is Sherlock to watch, obvs.

Apart from not hitting my word count, writing was nice and easy today! I’ve got five scenes left to write and I’m starting to wonder if this book is going to be as long as I thought it was going to be? The entire first part the chapters were averaging 5K words, but in this second part, the pace is faster and I’m telling the story in 3/4K chapters. (Which are more normal for me. I describe nothing. I’m trying to be better!)

I’ll be interested to see what the editor says. I’m slightly afraid that I’m trying to hurry up and I wasn’t before. It doesn’t feel that way, though? Whatevs. I’ll probably be over by 10K for even talking about it. 😛

To be fair, Part I covers 40 years and Part II takes place over the course of 3 months.

So, the epilog. I was looking at my notes and the epilog (Grammarly told me to spell it this way. American English spelling?) is wicked vague. I think I was hoping that I would figure it out by the time I got to it. Instead, I figured out a more inspiring ending … almost HEAFN. (This is what happens when romance writers try out a new genre. Lol)

Anyway, I’m super stoked about that, but I think it kinda eliminates a need for an epilog? Guess I’ll figure that out at the end and see if I’m satisfied with letting the character live her life without us spying on her. 😉

My only setback today was that my 5K words per hour app totally bit the dust. It, like, started adding thousands of words to the counter and I was doing 10-minute sprints. Thousands of words were not happening. Ha! Oh, well, that’s $2 I’ll never get back.

My fix was to set the timer on my PC while typing on my laptop on my desk in front of my PC, and listening to a white noise app on my phone, and then record my ongoing word count in a notebook with a green glitter pen like a proper adult.

Don’t laugh at my process! It really is … mine.

Her Other Life is the first book I’ve written entirely on my mac book and I’m doing that because I never bothered to learn how to really use Word for Mac and I can’t figure out spellcheck and I don’t have a mouse and I’m all around worse at changing the document, so I don’t go back and edit while I write as often! I mean, I backspace, but I don’t stop to change misspelled words.

Just, you know, try everything. HAHAHAHAHA!

I’m off to dance.

Author: Stacey Wallace

Stacey Wallace is the author of The Retroact Saga, Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. Her latest novel, Her Other Life, is a stand-alone novel of magical realism.