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Day 1 – A Pitch in Time


And so it begins. It’s 3 PM and I have 1885 words written. That’s a prologue, Chapter One (three scenes), and one scene of Chapter Two.

I was surprisingly anxious about beginning, but found it neither too hard nor too easy. Maybe that’s what we call “just right?”

Yesterday, I worked on the Pitch, but couldn’t make it as succinct and gripping as I’d like. I’m going to work it over every day until I feel it’s right. Maybe that can serve as a compass to tell me whether I’m still on the map.

The map, the map…I need to make a map of my setting.

Impressions as I wrote:

  1. Everything needs saying all at once.

  2. It’s hard to know where to start.

  3. Writing a novel after many short stories feels luxurious and a little bit self-indulgent.

  4. I don’t know if it’s any good or not.

  5. It’s harder than it ever was not to go back and edit as I go.


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