Author Journal 11th – 17th November 2021

It’s been slow going this past week. Unfortunately, pain flare-ups can take a long time to get over, and this last one–with its additional mini ones on top–has been particularly douchey.

Okay, whining over, and back to the update.

I hit a difficult patch in the writing, namely a scene between Adam (hero) and Blackwell (the baddy). Up until this scene, Elle (heroine) had always been there as a buffer. But, Blackwell had sent her off to do a thing that I can’t share–spoilers–and it was just the guys in a Japanese restaurant in Marseille.

Eventually, I got a feel for their dynamic and was able to get the scene down. But, man, was it tough. For the entire scene, all Adam wants to do is slit Blackwell’s throat for him, and though it’s entertaining for a bit, it wasn’t helping the scene to move along.

It wasn’t until I started to wish Elle was back that I realised that that was how the guys were feeling too. Once I had that in my head, I was able to amp up the romance (Adam thinking about her) and the tension in the scene.

My Writing Goals for 21st – 27th October 2021

  • Write 3000 words for Running The Asset. (Hit 66,112 total words)
  • Block out the next two scenes

How Did I Do?

I blocked out one scene and hit a word count of 3,059, taking the manuscript to a total of 66,171 words! 🥳

This Week’s Goal

  • Write 3000 words (taking me to 69,171)
  • Block out the next two scenes

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by, and take care.


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Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

4 thoughts on “Author Journal 11th – 17th November 2021

  1. Chris Hall says:

    Yeah, some scenes are like that… the feeling that you have to squeeze the words from your brain!

    1. The trick is to stop before you hear a pop 🤣

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