Sunday, July 14, 2013

The New Story

First off, thanks again to all those who entered my Goodreads give-away last month. The books have been sent out so the winners should receive them by the middle of next week, I hope.


And now, after much consternation, teeth-gnashing, and sleepless nights, I have finally broken ground on the new story. The Not So Secret Project story. I've written 1500 words so far, which may not be a whole lot by some writer's standards (nor mine either, actually) but I've gotten the beginning down. Yay!

Remember the prologue I wrote a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, that's not going in. It wouldn't work with what I finally decided to do.

My problem with this story has been the beginning -- where to start. And also the research. I was bogged down by too much, but after doing a little bit more (ugh -- 3 hours just to trace French nobility) I was finally able to come up with a backstory for Dianne's father which coincided with what was going on in France between 1785 and 1801. So yay again.

I had debated starting the story in media res but that would just confuse everyone. And as I've always maintained, I like to start at the beginning.

So, here we are. I'm hoping to add to it every day (real life and fallen trees and flooded basements keep interrupting me) and really think I can finish it by the end of July. Really, I do. I know where it goes, what happens, and who's in it, so it's just a matter of finding the time to sit down and write it with nothing to break my concentration. You know how it goes, I'm sure.

Well, that's all the news I have this week. Sorry to be such a party pooper, but I've got a story to write.

Have a great week!

Anne Gallagher (c) 2013


  1. Personally, I think 1500 words is a good start, especially if this story has been giving you a bit of trouble.

    If I got 1500 words down on the story I'm facing right now, I'd feel a whole lot better! If my new POV character and her companions allowed me to meet them, parts of the plot might unfold for me.

    I think I'll make a goal of writing just the beginning this week. Just to dip my toes in.

  2. Dianne -- This has been the hardest story I've ever had to begin. Most usually just "come" to me but this one just wouldn't. And then "real life" interrupted so many times I thought I'd never get started.

    But now I've got the beginning down (With too much backstory I might add lol) hopefully, I'll be able to just continue on and write it to the end.


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