Weekly Word Count 6/11/19 – 6/18/19: 14,532

Well, I bounced back from being a Jabba-slave to my own self-doubt! It’s just part of the journey. You don’t think Frodo’s ass puckered at the border of Mordor when he realized how far he still had to go?

I may not be Frodo, but I think all writers feel the weight of their project like The Ring. To everyone else, it’s a trinket on a chain. To the one writing, it’s a noble burden on a chain, with a million time-stealing Gollums trying to make off with the thing.

I learned a MAJOR trick last week that helped my writer’s block. When you feel you’re at full stop, back up and plot! I realized that I had tangled myself up in the cozy blanket of knowing what comes next when, really, I only had the basic idea of what came next.

So I slowed down and pulled out my notebook where I keep all my Underworld world-building notes and plot lines. Starting from my stuck point, I reworked my outline, chapter by chapter, all the way to the end. Instant unstuck!

I don’t think I’ll quite be putting the final period on the final sentence of the final chapter of the book on June 30, but I’ll be damn close. I may be moving slower than I hoped, but I’m really — and I mean really — happy with what I have so far.

6/18/19 Muse Magic:

There are moments where something will fall in my lap like it was already created and waiting for me to discover it. I had one last night while working through the etymology of a word I wanted to create for a thing in my book (yes, I’m that kind of writer… Easter eggs all over the place if you just go dig a little).

This one was stunning. Another for the talk show circuit, as they say. When I get asked later about my creative process and I have to tell someone about the voices in my head telling me to go this way and that to find what I need, I’m sure this tale will get told.

For now, it’s just another nudge down the path to completion of the novel. The farther I go, the more I realize I’m not blazing the trail myself but walking along a path in the fog that was already there and waiting for me to discover it.

Melody Wingfield

Author | Voice Artist | Witch Queen - Melody Wingfield is the creator of The WitchQueen Project podcast and an author of dark fantasy, epic mythology, horror, and erotica. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok at @witchqueenarts. Subscribe to her newsletter, The Magick Word on her website, www.witchqueenarts.com.


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