December 15th 2016

Just a very quick post tonight: I’ve written 1103 words today but noting for the previous two days. I am at 18,851 on The Space Watch.

Tonights writing was last thing and sometimes it’s good to have just half an hour to write at the end of the day. It can be very motivating.

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December 2nd 2016

Today I managed 758 words on The Space Watch, but I really need to read what I’ve written so far. I’ve almost repeated myself a couple of times and although I like what I’ve written in the last couple of days I was a little naive in thinking I didn’t need to go back and read through what I wrote before November. So over the next couple of days I’m going to work through what I’ve already done and get myself re-aquainted with the story.

I am also going to do something that I did during NaNo and that is colour code the story according to which characters POV we’re seeing the scene from. This is something that I found very helpful while doing NaNo. It allowed me to keep track of characters as the story progressed by scrolling through the page thumbnails on the side of the document.

I’m going to read through the outline again, that might help lol.

That’s me done for the night. I’m just watching Lucy and then I’ll be off to sleep. Have a good one everyone!

December 1st 2016

Just a really quick post tonight cause I’m seriously wiped out. Only 696 words today. I’m back on The Space Watch and the last 400 or so words I’ve written feel pretty good and I actually think the quality is pretty good.

I’ll be talking about my goals for the month in a post in the next few days, but getting this draft of The Space Watch done is one of them.

 

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day Twenty-Seven

I’ve had a monster word count today, 4,777 words for an overall total of 55,120 for the month so far. I’ve had such a good day because I was at an all day Write-In with a couple members of my local NaNoWriMo group (thank you ladies, it was a lot of fun šŸ™‚ ).

This story is seriously all over the place, I’ve made a bit of a mess of it if I’m honest but that’s whats editing is for. I will admit it’ll take a lot of work to get it right, but I’ve got the layout in my head now and I’ll just need to spend some time on getting it how I want it so I can find out where the gaps are and fill them in.

I have been looking to the next projects I want to be working on. I don’t think Owen and I will be ready to resume The Space Watch on the 1st of December (my NaNo story is near complete and I’m kind of adding some fluff at the moment). I’ve got edits on a novella to work on and I’d like to have them done by the end of the year. I do want to be ready to start my next story early next year. To do that I need to up my game and get some more prep work done. I’ve got a lot of notes and I need to put them together and write a few of my thoughts down.

But those 4,777 words have left my brain little more than mush, so no more work today. In the next few days I’ll have a better idea of what I want to be working on in the next few weeks and what I’ll need to be doing to get to where I want to be.

NaNoWriMo Eve

It’s just a few hours away now, the kick off of NaNoWriMo 2016! And all I want to do is get started. The words are waiting to be given life and I’m so ready to crack on and get what’ll hopefully be a good start tomorrow.

I’ve written recently that I need to hit the 50k this year. I have had such a poor year with writing, and with some personal problems, that I need to do something to look back on this year and see something that I’ve achieved.

Doing NaNo does mean I’ve got to put The Space Watch on hold (that said I’m still waiting for Owen to get back to me on the progress so far) and come next years NaNo I’m going to have figured out my calendar better.

It’s really inspirational knowing so many writers across the world are all diving into this challenge. Pros and novices alike are joining in such a fantastic idea that is something I’m proud to be a part of.

I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting some fantastic people in my local region. This region is very supportive and we are all very encouraging of each other. I’m looking forward to getting to some Write-Ins over the next month. I won’t be able to get to as many as I was planning to but those that I can’t I’ll try and make up for with online sprints.

It doesn’t matter if you hit the 50k, just write.

 

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It’s Almost NaNoWriMo Time!

NaNoWriMo has, in a way, crept up on me this year. I was hoping to be more prepared for it at the start of the year but there has been a number of contributing factors that have just spun this year off track. Some of it has been me allowing myself to become distracted and to loose focus. Some of it has been outside my, or anyones, control. I think I realised this was sort of happening a fair few months ago because I decided that I would type up my FanFiction piece I wrote earlier in the year for NaNo as a fall back if I needed it.

I have got The Space Watch on the go, I’m guessing I’m about a third of the way through that at the moment, but I’m waiting for Owen to get back to me on what I’ve done so far. So, it’s this FanFic piece that I’m going to be working on.

I have got a couple of ideas in my head for pieces I want to write in the near future. Stories that I am very excited by, but that I want to put some more time into working on before I dive in and get writing. I love doing NaNo, but I’ve found that I can’t just go in blindly like I did last year and on previous occasions. I need to have some kind of outline (although not a detailed chapter by chapter one) and I need to have characters and the setting thought out a little more than I have done in the past.

I’ve completed NaNoWriMo twice in my five attempts, and I’m determined to complete it again this year. I know some writers crap on NaNoWriMo, with the most common reason for their distaste being that for a real writer NaNoWriMo is every month. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing. I bet theres more than a few writers who have done NaNo and realised that not only can they write that many words a month, but they can complete a coherent story.

I need NaNoWriMo this year for many reasons. I’m not going to be able to get to as many Write-Ins as I’d like, I’ve had to miss my regions Launch party already, and I know there are going to be days where I really struggle with finding the time to get the 1667 words a day done. So on the good days I’ll push myself to get more than I need done, I’ll make sure I jump in with sprints on my local group on Facebook. If there are none running, I’ll give a shout out and see if anyone wants to join one.

My family have had a lot of hurdles these last few months, and I’m still expecting a few more to come. Despite that, I’m going to complete NaNoWriMo this year. I’m going to make it three completions on the spin. I’m someone who believes you don’t have to hit the 50k of NaNo to be a winner, as long as you try and are writing then you’re a winner. But this year, for me personally, I need to hit that 50k.

A Brief Map Out Of The Rest Of 2016

This week hasn’t been too bad writing wise. I’ve pretty much kept up with the thousand words a day I’d been aiming to hit and I’m getting those idea snippets popping into my head at random moments again. I’m hoping this bit of consistency will help with NaNoWriMo just a few days away.

My plan for the rest of this year is to finish this draft of The Space Watch, finish the short story I’m working on that is set in that same universe, and to get a second draft of my FanFic piece I hand wrote earlier in the year typed up. Last years NaNo novel is off the table for the moment. After getting really stuck with it last week I spoke with my friend and writing partner Chrystalyn Borgsmiller and did a little brainstorming on it. That gave me a few ideas but I need to get some research done and I think I might break the current novel up into two parts, but I need to think it out a little more first.

The reason why I want to get those other three pieces wrapped up this year, aside from getting them done, is because I had what I think is an idea with a lot of potential a few months ago and I’d really like to be getting stuck into that very early next year.

So that’s my aim; get those three pieces done by the New Year, and then I can start 2017 with a new piece in a universe I’ve not written in before.