WIP: Ten Pages a Day

Now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty. With an April 1 deadline, I’m moving into the minimum ten pages a day routine. I’m still doing a rough draft so as long as I know where I’m going, I can get through those pages without too much difficulty. The problem I’ve had with this book — and with every book I’ve every written — is that the “where I’m going” part changes as the characters develop. So I’ve had to make quite a few “regrouping” stops along the way, but I believe every one of those detours has made the story better. It’s gotten very complex, which I love. As I’ve mentioned before, though, complexity means charts and calendars all sorts of organizational tools to keep everybody straight. As for the character formerly known as Joanna, she has her fourth or fifth name now, which I won’t reveal until I feel more certain of it. I do think the current name is a winner, but who knows what I’ll think tomorrow.
I hope everyone had a great holiday. I’ll be blogging regularly again now that the festivities are over, so please visit often.


  1. Margo on January 5, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Whatever you decide, I know her name will be perfect just like the title you chose for this book. Hope your holidays were wonderful Diane (-:

  2. brenda on January 5, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    I am so going to miss SueEllen-she was perfect for the part…But since you are the expert-… 🙂
    Received test results back-some good-some bad…will do my best.. (physical)
    As to graduation-filled out the papers (remember when I moved to my home state of WV after being gone so long I was ready to get my Master’s almost-the University did not accept many of my hours-most of them-let’s face it-all of them-and I had to begin again…whew…)
    However, the papers are in processing…I am studying for comps…working on project-hours and hours of typing my columns—and taking my last two classes-one writing…
    Plus teaching-but May will come and it will be worth it all.
    D-I look forward to this book.

  3. brenda on January 5, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Read a book over the weekend-about couple in 60’s reunited after many years—I thought it was good-an author (male) with which I am not familiar-but he was too graphic in parts of the book. However, I loved the story line…they grew up in the 60’s…SPRING AND FALL (Nicholas Delbanco)–anyone heard of him…I buy few books right now-because of tuition, etc…and books for college-but this intrigued me and ordered it from Amazon…I mean graphic–some of the scenes—but reading about the 60’s…I overlooked the other parts…
    Also ordered one by one of my favorite Irish authors-Edna O’Brien–Light in the Evening I think-will get to it soon.
    Believe it or not-I do keep a nice house and all but my social life is nothing during grad school… (I don’t read all the time.)
    Take care-what are you guys reading???

  4. Diane Chamberlain on January 6, 2007 at 12:37 am

    I’m reading research stuff right now, Brenda, but also Cesar Milan’s (sp?) book CESAR’S WAY, about dogs. My youngest stepdaughter, Caitlin, gave it to me. It’s very good, but I’m so not alpha. John is very alpha, though, so it all works out. It’s also fascinating reading Milan’s story about coming to the US illegally and through his skill, ambition and INCREDIBLE luck, making a life for himself here.
    I’m about to start an old Jodi Picoult, THE PACT, which has been on my TBR pile for a long time. So many books, so little time!

  5. brenda on January 6, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    I understand the research…when I begin my class next Thursday night-another writing class ((that will also include much reading) and all the other things I am doing (preparing for testing at school, etc..) I won’t be able to read as much…I know you are in a crunch as am I now–I am going to take this summer-no going to London or anywhere to study Shakespeare–no classes-no working a second job-just relaxing, getting well, and reading…I still haven’t ordered that last book from you and need to do that…

  6. Margo on January 8, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Brenda, I just finished WATCHERS by Dean Koontz…Diane told me I would LOVE it and I did! Just loaned it to my mom who somehow missed reading it too…she’s a huge dog lover like me so I know she’s going to fall in love with this one! Just started reading NANTUCKET NIGHTS by Elin Hilderbrand…have never read her before but am very intrigued with the mystery in this story…my sis and a good friend want to take me to Nantucket this summer which has always been a dream of mine so thought I’d read a book by a native of the Island!

  7. brenda on January 8, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    You will love that area–I will take the title down and try to read that one.
    I spent a few weeks in Hyannis Port (on Craigsville Beach actually) for a clinic…in the late l990’s…loved the area-would live there if not for weather.
    I flew from South Carolina to Pittsburgh-to D.C. (plane late)flew into NYC missed my flight-flew me to Martha’s Vineyard (I spent 8 hours in the tiny airport there)–finally a little tiny plane flew me (and a very ill man) over to Hyannis–all in all the trip was l5 hours or so by plane…and on the way home-layovers-l8 hours…I could have driven.
    Thus in 2002 when I spent a month in Mass. doing Shakespeare/studying, I drove the two day trip…needed a car there anyway.
    Can’t wait until you get to go…did not go over on Nantucket-but love the whole area…saw some of the Kennedy’s…went on a whale watch…

  8. Margo on January 9, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Brenda, how exciting! I’ll definitely tell sis & friend I want to go on the whale watch…I’ve read a few books in the past that took place on Nantucket Island and it sounds so beautiful, quaint and slightly remote in areas…my husband bought me a ‘portable’ outdoor easel for X-mas to take with me next summer so I plan on finding those remote areas on the island and painting, painting, painting…I can hardly wait!

  9. Diane Chamberlain on January 9, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Margo, you will adore Nantucket! I visited once a few years ago. (The teeny plane ride to the island was a little dicey. . . ). The word “quaint” must have been coined to describe that beautiful island.

  10. brenda on January 9, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Margo-I can’t wait until you POST on a website some of the work you do while on Nantucket…I agree with Diane about the little plane ride…however…it’ll work…have fun…what a treat.
    Diane-a book set on Nantucket…sounds good

  11. brenda on January 9, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Margo-one of the other teachers gave me ginger tablets-no sea sickness at all…
    an awesome site-those whales…

  12. Margo on January 10, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Brenda, I definitely plan on having a website and in fact will be talking to someone tonite about it…twice a month my husband and I get together with another couple and he is a computer wizard who designed his wife’s website (she is an artist also)…she and I paint together on these twice a month excursions and our husbands shoot the breeze…now that her website is up and running we’ll talk to him about setting up mine sometime this year hopefully. I bought a large coffee table photo book on Nantucket and I’m just in awe with the beauty. You and Diane have me so excited about this trip, I just don’t know how I’m going to wait till summer!…actually if I had my choice I’d go NOW in the winter (off-season, right?)…I love the cold, the storms, the solitude…I’m sure summer is gorgeous on Nantucket, tho…

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