This weekend has been incredibly successful as far as the amount of story I have completed. I started out the weekend thinking that I was going to shoot for 5,000 words this weekend. It was a good goal. Well, yesterday I finished 2,950 and today I did 6,359 for a whopping total of 9,309. Holy Cow!
Now, I know I talk about word count a lot because, really as a new writer, this is how I gauge my progress. I don't have sales numbers or any of that to share yet, so word count is my equivalent for sales right now.
In this post I am going to go deeper than the word count numbers. I found myself writing from a place today, that was where my characters live. I am a recovering reading addict (writing is my new drug of choice) because I am addicted to the way I feel when I am reading a good story, and I am totally immersed into the characters and their feelings and their world. Well, I was in that place tonight with my characters. It wasn't me writing and forcing my characters to do and say what only I wanted them to. My characters came alive tonight in a way that I dreamed would happen. I have experienced this before, but on a smaller scale. Maybe because I didn't write as long before, so I wasn't able to get as deep in that place as I was tonight. But it was marvelous. And the truly miraculous thing was that the characters went to the places and had the conversations that I had been writing and tucking away for later when I got to those parts. I would add a line here to someone's line, or add a little detail there for the layout of the scene, but it turned out beautiful.
I even cried tonight along with my heroine. I couldn't help it. I was in that place where she was and she was feeling the pain so deeply that I was pulled out of the trance when I realized that I was crying too. I am not trying to get all hippy and theological on you guys, but the only thing I can compare this to is the way one would feel during the conversion process. I feel like the light bulb went on, and "Ah-ha!" I want to share it with everybody now. Now, I just need to finish the book so I can.