A quick little NaNoWriMo update tonight. I’m at 17180 words at the moment, which is about 3k less than where I should be. But I’m confident of getting back on track, despite being back at work soon.
I’m adjusting my writing patterns a little to see if that helps me. The pieces I’m working on have my attention and I can feel the stories building in my head. It’s just a case of sitting my butt down and getting those words out.
Below is a video of me reading my story ‘Ghost’ from the anthology 84 Stories 84 Words please give it a look and if you like it then check out the whole book.
Good morning folks, just a quick little update here on the last couple of days.
On the 6th I wrote 2101 words and on the 7th I wrote 1974 words.
I’m getting back closer to that 2k a day, which was my aim at the start of the month.
The first story I was working on has fallen a little flat so I’ve switch to the next one. This one is a rewrite of an older story I was working on and I wasn’t planning on working on it but it’s been speaking to me so it’s been bumped up.
After an emergency trip to the dentist I managed to write 1971 words today.
It was quite easy to get rolling and I found that I’m opening up the story a little more now. It started almost in at the deep end but now I’m filling it out a little and I’m feeling like there will be more I can flesh out at the start of the story when I come to edit it.
Right. I’m aiming for a solid day tomorrow! So rock on folks!
Good evening, folks! NaNoWriMo 2021 is. Just a few hours away and I am pumped! Despite having a very demanding day at. Work was so busy! And I feel a little like my body needs to go. In for some repairs! But NaNo is here!
I am doing short stories this year. A little bit of lobbing ideas at the wall and see what sticks.
We’re still not allowed to have any in person write-ins, so it’s all online again this year. My region, Kent, are utilising Discord again this year. It’s not the same but it is what it is.
Most of my words will be written at home in my office, definitely so for the first two weeks as I’m off work and then after that I’ll be getting a few words written during breaks at work. I am planing on getting to a couple of coffee shops to get some words done for a change of scenery, but mostly I’ll be at home for this years NaNo.
I’m going to smash the word count this year. These first two weeks I’m going to try and get to 30k and give me a good head of steam for when I go back to work.
Right, time for a little dinner. Good luck everyone who’s about to embrace NaNo. We’ve got this!
Good evening, folks! How are we all doing tonight?
I worked through my editors notes on the zombie book today. I have a lot more to do yet, but I’m feeling good about it. I can see what and where I need to change and I think I’ve got a good idea of how I’m going to do it.
I’m going to get working on that in December I think, because we are almost in NaNoWriMo season! Whoop Whoop!!! I’m not as ready as I’d like to be but I’ve got a few ideas that I can work from that’ll get me started nicely. I’m realising when I do short stories for NaNo its me basically throwing ideas against the wall and see what sticks. A lot of the ideas I’m thinking about are ones where they’ve been mooching around my head for a while and I never seem to get to them. Part of me thinks that if they were more important then I’d have written them by now, but I think I get a sort of get out of jail free card doing short stories in November. If one doesn’t take off then I can crack on with another one. If I get stuck I can hop straight into the next one.
I am planning to do a daily blog post during November with my progress again.
Now that the zombie edits are done I’m at a little bit of a loose end as I’m not sure what I can work on in the next few days. I might have another look at the Mermaid story and see if I can make that work, but I also desperately need to assess all the projects I’ve got ongoing and what stages they’re in.
Right, time for a movie. I hope y’all are doing okay!
And remember, be kind and have fun!
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Yesterday I managed to do an edit pass on Sweet Danny before starting work. I had an evening shift and didn’t get home till after ten, so I didn’t do anything after work really. (although I forgot myself and had a can of coke on the drive home so ended up awake and watching The Simpsons till gone 3am).
I did make a couple of notes for NaNoWriMo as well but not many. It is going to be with us before we know it and I’m not especially prepared for it, but that’s one of the reasons why I’m opting for short stories again as they won’t require as much planning and in some cases I can just wing it.
As for today, I’m going to get stuck into the edits from the editor on the zombie book.
I’ve got a lot I want to get through tonight, so let’s get cracking!
The anthology K is for Kidnap came out featuring my story ‘Mother is God’ and is available in ebook and paperback. Please hit the link and check it out!
The fantastic Leah Solmaz is working on an adaptation of one of my short stories! (squeeeeee!!!!!) Please go and check out Leah’s Instagram page, where you can see the intro!!! I’m super excited about this. Not only because something I’ve written is being adapted into a short animated movie, but also because its working with Leah who is a fantastic human being and damn talented as well. If you haven’t watched Theosight please check it out, I’ll add it to this post.
I have started on reading through and making notes based on the editors read of ‘Is that a zombie?’ I started then got hit with a head cold that knocked me off my feet. I focused my energy on work and matters away from writing. I’m going to get back on track with it by the weekend.
I’ve had a beta reader look at some of my longer pieces and got some excellent feedback, including that one wasn’t as polished as the other, so I need to go back and put my editing head back on to look it over.
Something I’m going to do in the next day or so is sit down and get my bearings on the different projects again. I’ve got a few which are at different stages and I’m just going to write them all down and figure where they all are.
On top of all of that we’ve got NaNoWriMo just around the corner…..
I am struggling to get back in the flow, much more then I thought I would. But it’s there, and I know NaNo will give me a massive boost and help get the words wrangled.
I am awake and sat in my works parking lot just before going in to start my shift today. So thought I’d shoot out a quick post.
I’ve just been looking through my files and realised I’m not following through with my drafts. I’ll use a story called isolation as an example. I finished this in early August I think but I still haven’t done the next draft. I should of had the next draft done and then the final one done and reached out to my beta readers to see if they can look it over.
I need to sit down and make a list of what is at what stage and start getting these stories finished.
Right, I’d better get in and make a start for the day. I hope you all have an awesome day.
I didn’t do any editing on Sweet Danny, I think I want to have a little more time while I process a few of the suggestions from beta readers and what I want to do with it.
It wasn’t a no work day though, I got 8021 words edited on a story set in the Penal Earth world after the day job. I still need to do a lot of work on it but I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do with it now and I don’t think it’s going to take too much to get it there.
I do want to get Sweet Danny and the zombie book edited this month. I just need to get myself psyched up to get stuck into the zombie one. It needs a lot of work and is rather daunting, but with the format of the book I can break it down into three parts and tackle it that way.
This little impromptu break from writing this las week or so has proved quite beneficial in that the creative gears are beginning to turn on a few stories that I’ve been struggling to get a handle on. Most of these stories are short stories and I’m aiming to have a couple of of these done, well drafts at least.