It’s day three of NANOWRIMO and I am cooking with gas. In gross word count, I have 6005; net word count I have 4,019. Why the disparity? I used some text from The Wilde Solution. I know, I know, I shouldn’t do that, but I didn’t want to rewrite some dialogue and couple of scenes. That’s why I made my goal 75K words so I can fall in the guidelines.

I’ve been using Scrivener and it’s been super great. A few glitches for me, but otherwise smooth sailing. I am hoping that by end of the week to finish part one of the Wilde Solution and I will post it on the new tab of this site. Remember, it is rough, very rough. My stories are chatty and slow to start so no great expectations on your part and no critiquing. The purpose of this exercise is to see the transformation of shitty first draft, to workable second draft, to agent-ready manuscript.

In the meantime, I thought I would share some thoughts on the story. I debated for several days whether it would be written entirely from Hal’s point of view or go back and forth with Cyprian’s. I finally settled on Hal’s, but after some night time brainstorming just before I went to sleep, I decided to divide the book into three parts (acts). The first act will be from Hal’s perspective. The second part will include Cyprian’s which will clue the reader in about the mystery of the Wilde Solution, and the third part will go back to Hal’s point of view. Will it work? We’ll see. I’ve added Tom Powers, a new character, and I haven’t decided if he’s red herring or not. As things stand, he needs to be fleshed out quite a bit. What we of him is that he quit academia and started a think tank. He’s Hal’s best friend, he had a sexual harassment case filed against him when he was a professor at Berkeley.

That’s all for now. I need to log in a minimum of 2000 words!


  • Nice to see how the story evolves as you work and “dream” your way through NaNoWriMo. Shifting pov leads to a way to organize the sections . . . and tell the story. Very nice. I’m stuck in research today, after making a great start days 1 and 2. Back to work!

    • Thanks, Beth! I seem to do my best brainstorming when I settle in bed and turn-off the lights. I tend to visualize my stories (almost like mini-films) I see the scenes acted with the players and can hear the dialogue. So I’m also playing director at the same time.

      I need to do some research too. Probably over the weekend when I’m not working.

    • So far so good, Ardee-ann just finished another 1,000 words. I have to get my allotment for today since we’re watching The Haunting tonight (chickened out on Halloween because I was alone and it’s just too scary.)