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Daily Word Count – Feb 23, 2016

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 monterobaroqueWriting to: Baroque by Gabriela Montero

I’m feeling great about what I’m working on today. I’ve begun shifting around scenes to (hopefully) improve the overall flow of the story and I’ve plugged in a sketch of the plot points still to write and an idea of what page number I should be at so when I begin the heavy writing I have a bullseye that I will be aiming for.

I’m digging the classical music by Gabriela Montero for background, some jazzy-themed, some improv. I can’t write to lyrics — they just screw with my head too much.

If you’ve been following my Twitter (or previous blog posts), then you know that the untitled adult spec fiction is a screenplay tentatively titled Borderlands, although I will most likely have to dub it something else as it calls to mind the dystopian alien video game of the same name (no connection!).

Screenplay format doesn’t translate well to regular fiction — at least in terms of word count — so I’m trying to picture the finished product of being something like a good first draft, or a super-long synopsis. The first 60 pages of script, for example, are only around 12,000 words, so even if it takes me another 60 to “finish” the screenplay, that’s essentially a novella or a long short story, depending upon your definition.

On a personal note, I’m still quite sick but can’t rest since the painters are here and the entire contents of my closet are on the bed and the dining room curtains are on the sofa.

Word count for today: 0 words

2016 Totals To Date:


Historical Novel Society (book reviews):

RPGs (Avalon):

Saint Louis Writers Guild (articles):

Short Fiction:

Borderlands (first draft)*:

  • For the last entry, please substitute “pages” instead of “words”. It’s 60 pages of the first draft (screenplay) left to write.
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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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