Looking Back At June

I haven’t tallied up my word counts from June yet but they’ll barely add up to about 5000 words.

Throughout the month I kept thinking June would be a write-off but looking back at it now I’ve realised that it probably done me more good than bad, in having this break. I was able to rest my creative muscles and when I did write it was small snatches of words that I did get down. There was no pressure to hit a daily target, no stressing over how the various plot lines were going to tie together as what I’ve been working on is a lot simpler than Project Apollo is.

I’ve also began to enjoy writing again, the pressure I’d put myself under had drained away my love of writing and it’s now slowly returning. I’m not sure I’ll be hitting big word counts again soon but I’m liking where the story I’m working on (Avoiding the game rewrite) is going. I know how I’m going to answer the big question which will run through the story, I will need to go back and insert a few little bits here and there to make sure it’s as prevalent as I want it to be, but I’m happy with that part of the story.

With Project Apollo, I’m not sure where that is going at the moment. There are issues which I’m not sure how to deal with and Owen and I need to sit down and work a few things out before we proceed any further. I won’t make a start on it again though until I’ve done this draft of AVG, I want to finish it so I can type it up in a month or two.
That’s the compressed look at June, I’m hoping I’ll slowly improve my productivity this month but we’ll see.

Snatching Words

This month will not turn out to be one of my most productive when it comes to work done but it may turn out to be an important month as I’ve forced myself to ease off quite a bit. I am still writing though. I’ve only really been getting a few hundred words a day when I do write but it’s still a few hundred words a day which I wouldn’t have if I wasn’t trying at all.

Part of me thinks I should have taken this month off totally but I don’t think I’m capable of that. The need to write is just too strong within me and I can’t go more than a few days without writing.

One thing I don’t want to do is spend the next few months snatching a few hundred words here and there. I’d like to slowly build up my daily word counts up to November for NaNoWriMo.

I’m also thinking about a new project as well; it’s one that I’ve written a little bit for already, only a few hundred words, but the story is building in my head a little and I’m seeing the bigger story and the world it’s set in. I think it’ll be something that I start working on after NaNoWriMo.

I was going to start making changes in my vampire collection from the Beta Reader notes I’ve received, but my primary Beta Reader is now able to read the collection so I’ve sent it off to her so she can go through it. 

Right, I’ve got to get ready for work, I’m going to try to get in early and pop into my local Costa and get a few words down before work. So have an awesome day everyone :) 

Good Morning, Monday!

Right! It’s the start of a new week and I’d like it to be a productive one. I’m working on the Avoiding The Game rewrite and that’s in longhand so I’m not going to get any huge word counts but I’ve got a minimum I’m going to be aiming for this week. I think I’m past the halfway point in the novel now, and I’ve passed what has been a difficult emotional scene to write, so it does feel like I’ve got the ending on the horizon.

I’d also like to start making Beta Reader suggested tweaks on my Vampire collection. I spent a little time yesterday creating a Scrivener file for the project, one which suits the layout of the book better then just the standard one I’d been using, and I’d like to be a quarter of the way through the edits by the end of the week.

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here, the last few weeks have been very testing for me and it’s time I got my head back on the job once more.

News: Six Wakes, One Book

Originally posted on The Man of Words:

lafferty hatMur Lafferty is a genius. Right now, right this SECOND she’s reading this and going ‘Alllll, no I’m not!’

Revel in your geniusness, Lafferty. REVEL. For it is a real thing.

Mur’s work on I Should Be Writing and, with fellow genius and hard travelling word slinger Matt Wallace (Preorder his book here by the way), Ditch Diggers is essential. No other word covers it, the endless support and help those two shows provide writers of every kind and stripe cannot be overstated. Without Mur the industry I work in wouldn’t exist. Or, at least would be a tenth as much fun.

As well as helping writers she’s a phenomenally good one in her own right. The Shambling Guide series is urban fantasy that’s different to almost everything else in the field and is clever, fun and dark as Hell when it needs to be. The Heaven series…

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Good Morning 

It turned out to be a rather difficult weekend when it came to writing. I couldn’t seem to get any words written or edited.

I don’t know if I was just tired or if the two projects I’m working on aren’t engaging me enough, either way I couldn’t get any words down yesterday.

I’m going to try again tonight.

Just a short post this morning, have a good day everyone.

Good Morning

In line with what I posted last night he’s a post :) 
I’ve not been up long and it looks a bit miserable out there today. I seriously doubt I’m going to get any words written today. Once I finish work at 3pm I’m going to wash my car (it’s at the point where the seldom used rear doors can’t open due to the build up of dirt). Then it’s home to clean out the henhouse and then I’m off out tonight with a couple of friends.

Tomorrow I’m thinking I may look at my vampire collection and start doing some of the edit notes for it. I may create a new Scrivener file for it as the current file isn’t the best format, I’d like to set it up so its in a novel with parts file for it. But that’s a minor detail and won’t take long.

As I said in my post last night I’m thinking about starting to type up what I’ve got written on the Avoiding The Game rewrite, so I may begin that tomorrow as well. All that will be after I’ve washed a motor home.
Have a good and productive day everyone :) 

Progress Report

There’s been very little progress.

I could leave it at just that but I’m not going to. I’m taking this month off from Project Apollo because I was struggling badly with it. The last chapter I wrote wasn’t acceptable at all. It was lazy, badly written and didn’t move the story along in the manner that Owen and I wanted it to.

My struggles with it was causing me sleepless nights and was causing a noticeable amount of stress. It wasn’t until a close personal friend sat me down and told me to take a breather from it that I realised how much it was affecting me. When I spoke to Owen about it he agreed that a break was needed.

Come next month we’re going to sit down and have a strategy meeting and read through what we have so far to make sure it’s on the right track and try to plot out the next segment of the story. I think this may be the hardest part as we’re entering the middle of the story and we need to advance in the right way so it ties in with the ending we have in mind.

Since the month has started I’ve thought a lot about the story and the surrounding universe and I’ve managed to come up with a few solutions to problems we’d not been able to solve. I think relieving that pressure of getting it written unblocked my mind a little.

I haven’t stopped writing totally though; I’ve gone back to working on the Avoiding The Game rewrite and I’ve solved the problem I was having with that. This rewrite is a totally different pace to Project Apollo which has been a breath of fresh air and I’m actually thinking about starting to type it up (so far its all been written in longhand). I’ve got a much better idea of my protagonist now and I’m happy with the reasoning for some of the actions that other characters do. After chatting with a friend today I’ve solved a problem with my protagonists past that was bothering me.

I am in a slump. I know I am because I’ve been here before and I’m trying to pull myself out of it. I’m happier when I’m writing, I’m more at peace and it energises me like nothing else. So over the next week I’m going to work hard on getting back into the habit of working on writing. I’ve got brainstorming to do, notes to type up. My vampire collection needs editing and I’ve got fiction to write.

I’m going to try and blog more as well. I find that being productive with my fiction and blogging seem to go hand in hand, so I’m going to make more of an effort to post here as well.