Today’s word count: 2,278 words
NANTUCKET total word count: 60,874
HARPER total word count: 5,435 words (but I’m almost ready to start back on it)
Today the writing went much more smoothly. I also started a little bit earlier than I normally do, and I think that helped, too.
And today, I’m also getting a much clearer sense that I’m slowly building this novel scene by scene. I even think in terms of scenes, individual sections moving things forward, little by little.
Yesterday, when I was so tired and wrote so little, I stopped in the middle of a scene – but I think that was the first time I’ve done that. I normally stop when I’m finished a scene. Or, if there’s time, and I feel up to it, I begin another scene – but I won’t if I feel like I won’t complete it in that sitting.
How do you build your novel? Do you write scene by scene, chapter by chapter, or paragraph by paragraph? How do you pick the moment to stop writing?