Stay True to Your Story

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My actual facts writing station ๐Ÿ™‚

My writing partner, Jess, and I have been doing this writing thing together for almost seven years now (although Iโ€™ve been writing since I could pick up a pen and kind of sort of spell lol). We started with a thriller novel, and then we tried our pens at screenwriting and found our passion.

Over the years, weโ€™ve penned a few scripts – rough drafts, mind you hahaha, but weโ€™ve gotten a few stories done, start to finish. Weโ€™ve learned a lot, made a ton of stupid newb mistakes, found our combined voice, and fantasized about selling our scripts and seeing our movies come to life. But one of the biggest lessons weโ€™ve learned to date is a fairly recent revelationโ€ฆ

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10 Chapters In

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Tea and JournalI hit a writing milestone this week with my current book, Destination Happiness – I am officially 10 chapters into writing this bad boy!!! As of now, that equates to just under 29,000 words. My goal is the 80-90K words range, which I think is definitely doable with my rough outline of 23 chapters.

Iโ€™m doing something Iโ€™ve never done before in writing fiction, and thatโ€™s to really focus more on characters, dialogue, and driving the plot, and less on the settings and details for the first go โ€˜round. As a control freak plagued by perfectionism, itโ€™s tough to just gloss over parts, but itโ€™s also kind of liberating. I feel like I am trusting myself to write what needs to come out now, knowing that I will be able to go back and beef up the minutia when itโ€™s time to get in the every-little-detail-counts head space.

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