2000 Word Day

I’ve had a pretty good day with the writing, breaking the 2000 word barrier for the first time since April. I managed 927 on the AVG rewrite and 1245 (longhand) on the vampire short story I’ve been working on.

I’ve just looked through my stats as I was looking for my last 2000 word day and I was more than a little shocked to see how long its been since I did write this many words in a day. Although I’m sensible enough to know that with doing a full time job it can be hard to do a 1000 words a day let alone double that but I should be doing it more often than I am. I think some my problems with writing this year have been because I’m working on stories which are not exciting me and I’ve got to stop working on them when it starts feeling like that and move onto something that is capturing my attention. I can always go back to something and try to see why I’ve lost interest, I’ve got more than enough ideas to work on to be able to do that.

A highlight of today has been completing the first draft of the first vampire story from book two of my vampire universe, yes I know book one still needs Beta edits done but I’d like to be in a position where I can release two or three of these books in a space of a few months; so I’m no too worried about getting the changes done just yet. I’m also waiting for a Beta reader’s notes on the first book and I’m keen to get her thoughts on it as she’s got a very good eye for editing and so forth.

This coming week I’ve got to try and make some time to work on some of mine and Owen’s work as he’ll need the treatments so he can add his notes.

For now though, I’m going to kick back and enjoy the rest of my Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Good Morning

In line with what I posted last night he’s a post ๐Ÿ™‚ 
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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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.

More Work Then I’d Expected

My plan for today was to get stuck into making the changes I’ve made when red-penning to Earth, After Liberation. I’d figured if I did ten pages a day I’ll be done in about two weeks, but I’d hoped for a good start today. It didn’t work out like that. As I started to look through the first page I realised I had a story, but it had no structure, I didn’t even have chapters!

So, instead of making the edit notes I’ve spent a fair part of the day figuring out where to put a chapter break, and making the odd edit here and there. Once I’ve finished putting this into some sort of structure I’ll print it all off and red-pen it all again. I’ve also got to go and do some location scouting, all of which is near me and within a forty minute drive. The story is well planted in my head though so aside from one big change in the story, which is more of a location change then a story change, theres not a whole lot I have to do. I’m confident of the story and although I may add some content here and there I’m not going to change the direction much. One area I will be focussing on will be some scenes where I feel I’ve been lazy and explained briefly events instead of showing them. I’m only about ten thousand words into working out the structure and I can see I’ve done it far too much already.

I’d like to say I’ll have the structuring done this coming week but I’m not setting a hard target with that. I’ve got The Residents and Project Apollo jumping about my head as well so they may demand attention.

Speaking of The Residents; I spent most of last night working through the timeline of events from the bullet points I wrote down recently and found more then a few holes but I’ve found it helped out quite a lot.

Last week I also had my first bit of feedback from Beta readers on my Vampire collection ๐Ÿ™‚

I know these last two items weren’t related to Earth, After Liberation but I forgot to put them in last nights post ๐Ÿ˜›

The 2nd Draft is DONE!

Okay, so I should have written this on Sunday, but I forgot and the last couple of nights I’ve been busy. ย As you can see by the title of this post I completed my 2nd draft of the vampire collection I’ve been working on and it’s now in the safe hands of Beta readers. I did have feedback on two of the stories from a friend and she said she loved them ๐Ÿ™‚ ( I know you’re thinking ‘she’s his friend, she’s meant to love them.’ believe me, this friend would tell me if she didn’t like them).

Now I’m dancing between The Residents and Project Apollo; Chrystalyn and I would like to get started on The Residents soon so we’ll be aiming to up our planning in the next couple of weeks. The story and characters and the world building is pretty well thought through at this point so I think we’ll be focusing on planning and research. Project Apollo is growing well, despite the odd hiccup, ย but I’m not sure when Owen and I will be looking at getting cracking with this again as we have a lot to do before we can start writing. We haven’t spoken of schedules yet but I’m not sure we’ll be ready to really jump in this side of December, if not early 2015. If I’m honest I want to spend most of my writing energy on The Residents and be doing the planning bits of Project Apollo around The Residents. This last ten days I’ve been editing the vampire collection and working on developing notes for Project Apollo. This seems to be quite a good way for me to work; having a primary project and a secondary project. I like having two projects on the go as when I get stuck on one I can flitter over to the second and then as I’ll be planning and not writing I can exercise a different part of my brain ๐Ÿ™‚

 

That’s all for now, I’m going to shut everything down and get a chapter or two of Old Man’s War by John Scalzi read.

 

p.s. Guardians of the Galaxy was AMAZING!!!!!!!