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Okay, let's try the external motivation writing progress report thing again!

As of ~4pm, EDT, I am at 20,400 words and the start of space battle, phase 2: boarding and negotiations. Let's see if I can knock off the whole thing today!

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~5pm, 20,800 words.

The word count is actually underselling the amount of finished text I produced, because this section of my 'and then and then' draft contains more dialogue and therefore more of it was usable as-is without the need to elaborate. (Well. Mostly as-is.) I did have to find a good place to stop and add some emotional reactions and a bit of scene description, and also went back to tweak a bit of dialogue in the previous scene (because reasons), but I think I'm making pretty good progress. :)

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~6pm, 21,250 words.

I have named one of the previously unnamed characters, go me! (I think I only have two others who still need names?) As before, the word count is somewhat misleading since I've been able to essentially copypaste large swathes of dialogue. The new words are mostly interstitial stuff, like character description and some logistical details.

Also I have one placeholder note saying, effectively, [medical thing goes here] because I was on a roll and didn't want to stop to research it right then. But that should be pretty easy to fix later; it only needs to be one paragraph long and there's no need to get very detailed.

(For reference: I have not yet reached the Enterprise cameo, and I have 1,900 words of rough draft left to convert to beta draft. I expect that will turn into ~4,000 words of finished prose, give or take. And then of course I have to go back and backfill a bunch of stuff into earlier sections, so... hmm... this story will end up being maybe 25,000 words total? I guess we'll see how it goes!)

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I think I am going to take a break to do some chores/errands for the next hour, though. I'm starting to feel a little brain-fried.

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~8pm, 21,400 words in narrative form (1,600 words of outline left)

Again, I have been basically copypasting dialogue. I also stopped to do some packing for my trip to NJ tomorrow evening, and to have dinner. Yay dinner!

And unnamed character #2 now has a name, so that's nice. :)

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~9pm, 21,700 words (1,350 words of outline/draft left to fix)

The final unnamed character is now named, and I filled in some other stuff I'd left as [fill in thing] in the rough draft. Yay progress?

I don't think I'm going to get the final scene finished today, but I should definitely be able to wrap up the space battle, so that's something. And hopefully I will have some free time at work tomorrow to bash the ending around a little. *crosses fingers*

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~10pm, only 25 additional words in the total count, but! I am down to 1,100 words of draft/outline left to fix. This part of the story is actually pretty solid as-is; I am just changing tenses, adding correct punctuation, and occasionally slipping in a word or three of description.

(I also took time out to cook some rice for tomorrow's lunch, because I forgot to do that earlier today. *headdesk*)

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Okay, done for the night at 21,850 words total, 950 left to bash into shape, and one space battle that is not my problem anymore because it is DONE. \o/

Tomorrow, the aftermath. (And with a pinch of luck, also the first round of backfilling edits, but those are less vital. I can probably send the thing to beta without them so long as I include some notes about what WILL get changed over the coming week. What I can't do is send out the story without a properly finished ending. *wry*)
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