I’ve been a little sidetracked tonight, so not much has been down tonight but I’ve got a few details down and despite me saying that the story itself wouldn’t change, a few little parts are. In particular one character is going to live longer then s/he does in the current draft. There’s going to be a few other parts of the story which are cut out and streamlined as other parts are expanded upon.
I know I’ve been slacking off for the last couple of nights, and I know I said I was determined to get cracking on this outline again tonight, and a little laziness has crept in but I won’t let this laziness take hold. I’ve got far too many stories to write to let that happen.
These last two nights have been real slack off nights. Last night I watched Guardians of the Galaxy (still, an awesome movie!) and tonight I’ve watched a bit of football, but I did manage to get a couple of key points well outlined. I’ve also been working for half an hour or so in the mornings before work.
This outline is nearing 4000 words now, and I’m maybe about halfway through it. I’m not really sure if an outline is meant to be this long but I’m guessing it’s like writing in that each person has a way that works best for them.
Tomorrow night I’m going to try and crack on and get this outline done. I’ve had a couple of nights off (for the most part) so I want to get back in the saddle tomorrow.
In case you didn’t notice, I didn’t give an update on NaNoWriMo yesterday. This is for the simple reason that I’ve passed the 50k target, and now the story is done. 1st draft complete!
So what now? Now I am outline for the re-write of Earth, After Liberation. The book I wrote for NaNo is Earth, After Liberation’s sequel and as the second book is (I think) much better written and structured then the current draft of Earth, After Liberation I’m just going to re-write it. This was something I’d all but decided to do even before NaNo.
I was hoping to have the outline done yesterday so I could start writing today, but that didn’t happen. I massively underestimated how much work and time would be need to get the outline done, despite the fact that I’m not changing a whole lot about the story itself. I’ll like to be ready to start writing again a week today on the 1st of December, but that depends on how long it takes me to get the outline done. Starting on the 1st would be good though as I’d like to have the first draft of the re-write done by the 1st of February, I’m not going to try and knock it out in twenty or so days like I did its sequel for NaNo. Then once it’s done I’ll edit both back-to-back.
One thing I’ve learnt from this is I’m not a pantser, not for long form writing anyhow, and if I’m writing multiple books which cover the course of one story I need to outline them all before I start writing the first one.
I will just end by saying that I’ve not written since the 22nd, I don’t like it. I need to get this outline done so I can get writing again. For all future projects I’m going to have outlines ready for when I finish a project. I’m not happy with not writing at the moment.
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I’ve been reading another round of articles from the usual suspects saying how much indie books suck. I ran into a reader who said one of my masterpieces was pretty good “for an indie book.” Yeah, well, piss on that. He only knew I was indie because I told him so. I now have two questions to wrestle: why am I still reading these biased articles that rely on old news and nostalgia? And why do I bother telling anyone but other indies that I count among their number?
We live in a post-empire world.
Indie and niche is a great place to be now, but the bias of what was once true still carries the heavy weight of lazy inertia. I have had lots of jobs, but it wasn’t until I became a writer that people started asking if I was making any money. (Kinda rude, huh?)
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I signed up for Audibles one credit (book) a month for £7.99 (I think thats the price, its about that anyway) a few months ago and I’m incredibly glad I did. So far I have downloaded nine audiobooks, and four of them have been from the one book a month plan and the rest I’ve brought in addition to the monthly deal. Two of those were books that I’d wanted and saw that they were discounted and the most recent three have been from a special offer Audible were doing.
I am really happy with the service that Audible are giving here, and I wished I’d done it much sooner. I can easily listen to an audiobook a week while at work and come next year once my finances are settled even more then they are now then I may look into upgrading to the two audiobooks a month program.
My biggest problem with this now is which audiobook to listen to next, not a bad problem to have ;)
Today is the first day this month that I’ve written less then a thousand words. I got just over 500 done and that finished my story. I’m not hugely happy with the ending at the moment but in the time it’ll take me to outline book one’s re-write and re-write it and then start editing them then I should have an idea of how to tidy it up. The feel of it I’m happy with, just not how I’ve executed it.
I’ve started on the outlining for the re-write and I’d like to think I’ll have the outline all but done by this time tomorrow so I can start writing on Monday but I’ll have to see how much I put into the outline first.
A good 1100 words in about 90 minutes tonight. This has been my best total over the last couple of days and the story is getting closer to it’s ending. I am a little worried that I’ve drawn the ending out too much but I’ll see how it looks once I’ve finished and have done an edit pass on it.
I’m now thinking about what I’m going to do once this draft is done. Some of what I’ve written here I like a lot but it contradicts events in Book One, so I’m going to re-write book one, hopefully I’ll have the first draft done by February at the latest, and then once both are done I’ll edit them back to back, almost as one novel. That way I think will work out pretty well as there won’t be a huge gap between working on the first and second books.
A real quickie post tonight. I managed to add just over a 1000 words tonight through some back ache which has made it difficult to type, I’ve also validated my word count and am officially a winner! :D but I’ve still got a novel to finish so no time to rest.
More words to type tomorrow and hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll have this baby wrapped up and done!
It does feel a little odd continuing these daily updates now that I’ve passed the 50k but I think it’s a good exercise for me to do as it lets me reflect a little on how I’m adjusting to not having to write as many words a day and who that is affecting my output. Today is quite a good example I think of where having completed NaNo has let me ease off the pace.
This morning I only managed a measly 130 words before work, which left me with 870 to write if I was to hit my self imposed target of a 1000 words. Now, if I hadn’t of hit the 50k on Monday then I’d still be trying to do the minimum 1667 words a day as I’d decided to hit that at least everyday despite what I may have done the day before. I think it was Friday that I wrote just over 6000 words but on Saturday I still made sure I wrote at least the minimum (okay I think i wrote over the minimum to be honest) but that’s helped me keep this momentum going. Today though I’d been trying to hit another 600-700 words then I’d be writing for another hour or so before I could start to wind down. It’s not too bad If I can get a good start when I get home but tonight I’ve had the house to myself for the early part of the evening, so I had to lock chickens up, recovering any eggs in the process. Feed the cat and dg and feed myself, so I didn’t get started till quarter to eight or so.
So having that smaller word count, because I’ve already hit target, is handy to have.
Okay, I feel like I’m rambling now so I’m logging out. If you’re doing NaNo, I hope its going well, if you feel your lagging behind theres no need to worry. You have the start of a story :)
*please ignore any typos :D
Even though I’ve passed the 50,000 word target I’ve still got a novel to write and although it’s nearing its end it still doesn’t feel like it’s quite there yet. I have eased off the pace a little though. I’m still trying to write a couple hundred words before work but I’m not going to continue to write during my lunch breaks while at work.
I’ve also dropped my daily word count target down to 1000 words a day from the 1667 that is the minimum daily target if you are to hit 50k by the end of the month. I’m sure I could keep up my pace, but I’m not willing to wipe myself out just to maintain a 2000 word plus, a day average. I still have a full time job to think about which is the main reason why I’m drooping the word count down.
One thing I am worried about is that I am now going to loose this momentum I’ve got from doing NaNo, which I really don’t want to let happen. I’m hoping that writing each day is now a habit and it’s one that won’t be broken easily. I’ve written for eighteen days straight now and I’ve been told that once you’ve done something daily for twenty-one days then it’s a habit. So three more days and then it should, hopefully be well rammed into my mind.
I know almost all of my posts have been NaNo related recently but I will be getting back to my other random posts in the next couple of weeks.
This is me done for the night now. I’m going to get into bed and get a few pages of The Waste Lands by Stephen King consumed :)