Unexpected Complications

This week hasn’t been the best of writing weeks, but I did manage to write 3903 words since this time last Sunday.

This zombie story has been a strange journey. I am getting close to wrapping it up, and it’s not even close to the length I was expecting it to be. I thought it would be about 30,000 words, but it’s only about half of that. I think I know how to make it bigger, but it’s all stuff for the second draft as I don’t want to stop till I’ve got the story done. Before I started writing I had a lot of character details which I haven’t used. I’ve got details about the outbreak which I haven’t covered as well. The characters have also come to life much more than I expected and I’ve got to put some of those traits in earlier on in the story.

The week ended on an unexpected complication. I can’t say what just yet, and I apologise for being vague, but I want to see how the dust settles before I put anything up on here. Regardless of which way that dust does settle though, it’s going to have an affect on my writing aspirations. This year alone I’ve now got to re-work what I was looking to do for the year, but it could have much longer consequences. It’s not as drastic as it seems though, just a case of figuring out what paths I want to take for the next couple of years with writing.

I feel like I’m at a crossroads at the moment, and my choices now are going to affect me for the next six months at least. I’ve made my mind up on the direction I’m going to take, and I hope it works out.

Sunday 25th June

This last week I had a good start to the week. On Sunday I did only write 605 words, but I got 1204 on Monday, Tuesday was 1057. Then it went out of the window a little. Wednesday was only 350, Thursday 426, Friday 265, and yesterday was 476. That’s a total of 4383 words for the week.

I’ve been working on this first draft for thirteen days (not including today) and I’ve written 11123 words of it. I think part of the reason I’ve had a slow up is I’ve almost got to the end of the story. I was aiming/guessing this story to be around 30k and at the moment if I keep writing as I am then I’ll be lucky to get to 20k. I think the reason I’m in this position is that I’ve been sticking to the barest of elements with my outline. I’ve not explored much of the characters, despite having a fair amount of character details for them written down. That I am changing, and I’m getting a better feel for the characters as I’m going. It does mean I’ll have to go back and add to the earlier sections but I’ll cover that on the second draft. I don’t want to stop where I am, and then work through those early chapters now because I do feel I’m getting into the swing of the story. I also think I’ll find it easy enough to flesh out the earlier sections.

I do think I was too stuck on the outline. I have only just let myself loose with this story. The scene I’m writing at the moment isn’t in the outline, and neither are three or four other scenes I’ve got in mind. They’ll fit into the story well, and expand it and I hope will make it a more tense ending. It does mean I’m going to have to do some chopping and changing with the outline’s order but it’s going to make it a stronger story and hopefully more satisfying.

I did submit a story to one of the anthologies I was looking at. I won’t know whether it got in for a few weeks yet. The other anthology, I still have no idea for and I’m not going to try. I’ve not got enough time now before the submission deadline to get a story done.

Last week Owen and I discussed the final tweaks to The Space Watch, or tweak I should say. The one last detail that Owen felt needed changing is a minor point in The Space Watch, and is something that I think will be more relevant when we explore certain elements of this universe more.

I will be making that tweak today, as well as doing a very quick skim through of The Space Watch and then it’ll be off to Beta readers. This story is about five years in the making and has had various drafts and versions of it. I am so very pleased we’ve done all we can and I’m looking forward to seeing what our fantastic beta readers have to say on it.

Once that is done I’m back onto the zombie story. I’d like to get caught up on it, I’m a couple of thousand words behind where I want to be so hopefully I can do a 2k day and get close to being back on track.

The Last Week

This last week turned out to be a perfect time to start this draft on Zombie. I had planned to start a couple of weeks before but the outlining took longer than I was planning it to. So getting a good start on the first day of my week off from the day job was a perfect way to start this story.

I started off with 1569 on Monday, 1207 on Tuesday, 1639 at the Write In on Wednesday, 1098 on Thursday, 1227 on Friday, and yesterday I wrote nothing because I was at Thorpe Park for the day and then at a BBQ at my brothers house last night. That’s given me a total of 6470 for the week. Yeah, I’m happy with that. I know I could have probably doubled that total if I’d put some more time into it, but one of the reasons I had this week off was because I was exhausted and I wanted to relax a little. That’s pretty much what today is going to be, just chilling out. Anything I do do will be at a nice laid-back pace.

Being back at work next week will limit writing time but having won NaNoWriMo three times I know I can write a 1000+ words in an evening. So I can’t see a problem with me hitting the 1000 words a day till story finish.

Now, it’s time for me to write.

15-6-17

I’ve had a good couple of days writing. At the write-in last night I wrote 1639 words and this morning I wrote 1098 words for a total 5513 words since Monday.

I haven’t really got a plan for how I’m going to move forward with this, I’m literally aiming for a thousand words a day until it’s finished. I don’t have a word count that I’m aiming for, my gut says it’ll be about 30,000 words, but that seems to be the gut feeling I get for each project I’m thinking about.

I’m pleased I’m making progress with this story. It’s been one I’ve had drifting around my head for quite some time so its exciting to finally be getting the story written.

 

Wednesday- 14/6/17

Yesterday morning I wrote a little over 1200 words before off out to an appointment and then home to play some GTAV(online), where I didn’t get my arse kicked too badly! That puts me on about 2700 words on Zombie.

The writing went well, but there is one small scene that I wrote that I’m not sure about. If it’s taken out it’s not going to change the story at all but I like the character work that’s in it. So I’ll see how it feels when I’m done.

I’m trying not to edit as I go, but what I am going to do is go through and make sure I’ve done the grammar and spelling problems that crop up. I’d like to do that when I finish writing each scene.

I am taking it quite easy this week. It is my week off and this year at the day job has been very busy(which is awesome!) but it does take it out of you after a while, so I’m making the most of having this time off. Today will be a busy one, though as I’ll be doing a lot in the garden with my Dad. Part of todays work will be inspecting our chicken run, part of which is a good five years old, and which one of the chickens escaped out of over the weekend. Thankfully I managed to catch her easily but it’s a job thats been long overdue for some time.

This evening I’m going to be at a Write-In with my local NaNoWriMo group which I’m looking forward to. I’d like to think I’ll get some writing done but we’ll probably just end up having a good chat, so I might not hit that 1000 words for the day but we’ll see.

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Good Morning, Tuesday – 13-6-17

Yesterday morning I wrote 1569 words on this new story. At the moment I’m just calling it Zombie.

As I was coming to the end of the final outlining I was getting worried that I was putting too much into the outline and I wouldn’t be able to expand on it when I started writing, but I’ve found that’s not the case. I think that worry came from the fact I haven’t written much these last few months.

What I’ve done with the outline is brake it down into chapters but then the scenes in the chapters as well. So I have a summary for each scene that, thanks to the way Scrivener is set up means I’ve got the summary right on the screen next to the scene I’m writing and it’s kept me on track with the two scenes I’ve written already.

I’m aiming for a 1000 words a day as I’m writing this first draft. I think I’m going to surpass that this week though as I’ve got the week off from work. When I am back at work I’m planning to work on outlining future projects during my lunch breaks so that when I’ve got this story done I can move straight into the next one and I won’t have a big gap when I’m writing first drafts.

It feels good to be writing a first draft again and not editing. I’m not one who hates editing, although I have my moments, but it’s such a great feeling writing fresh words.

11-6-17

Just a quick post to end the day. I’ve finished the outline, or more accurately moving the outline into a Scrivener file and tweaking it as I go. It’s taken longer today simply because I’ve felt crap all day. I was hoping to be able to work through it but I was in too much discomfort. It’s done now though, and the writing begins tomorrow!