Between now and Monday night, my goal is write another 12,000 words for The Wilde Solution. That will put me at the halfway point of the story. If I keep up this pace, I will have my 50,000 words within a week.

Now if I had to critique my own work, I have to say  I’ve established that Hal and Cyprian have a relationship based on sex (although my sex scenes are implied and not graphic at all), and Hal has  seen a couple of red flags, but he doesn’t really know they’re red. He considers these Cyprian’s personality quirks.

I introduced a new character, Tom Powers, he is Hal’s best friend and the founder of a think tank. This character has great potential, and I’m fooling around with the idea that he’s also a member of a very long-term and successful sleeper cell. I don’t know yet. We’ll see how it all plays out in the second part of the story when I switch to Cyprian’s point of view.

According to Scrivener, I’m at 40+ pages of the story, and I see have to pick up the pace. It’s very chatty, and I’m telling rather than showing. That leads me to think that I probably should slow down and not race for those 50K words in such a short time period and spend more time crafting quality narrative.

Next steps include, apart from getting another 3,000 words down, is to really focus on description and not get so bogged down in conversation. Secondly, I have to add more scenes of Cyprian and Hal at school. Third, some more quirks on Cyprian’s part that foreshadows the upcoming events.

I think that’s enough for today. Now I have to get to work.

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