2nd of October 2019

Good evening folks. I’ve written about 1100 words today, despite a few hurdles that tried to get in the way of words being put down.

What I’d like to talk about tonight is the picture below. That notepad has had recorded in it almost every word I’ve written since early 2014. That’s over a million words of fiction. Stories published in five anthologies, and a lot of words that will never see the light of day. I was going to say there was a lot of failed stories amongst those words, but although they may never see the light of day that doesn’t mean they failed. They taught me lesson after lesson about my craft. I’m a touch shattered right now (head cold), so I’m not going to start listing those lessons. No matter how crap you may think your writing, or painting, singing, or whatever passion you have. Those hours of practice will make you better.

Keep at it.

Good Morning, Sunday 1st of September 2019

Wow, the 1st of September already. Two months till NaNoWriMo…..

Right, not thinking about NaNo just yet. Yesterday my plan didn’t quite go to, plan but I still got the core of what I wanted done, done. I learnt a lesson that I really need to have sink in. I don’t need to be in a perfect environment to edit. I cracked on with Zombie edits again last night and made some good progress with it. I do have an editor lined up to look it over but not the cash yet. But that gives me a little helping hand as it’ll give me time to let it sit for a couple more weeks and I’ll have another look at it before I send it off.

Today I’m going to look at CS1 and start getting that shaped up. I too often get preoccupied with hitting a word count for a day, but I need to learn how to balance things out and get what feels like a ton of editing done. I’ve still got short stories from last years NaNo that I haven’t polished.

That said, I’m at a write-in so I probably won’t get much done at all! Outside of November (NaNo season) we don’t write much during write-ins, but we have some great conversations.

With that said, I need to get my arse in gear. Have a great Sunday folks. If you’re working I hope it’s a productive one. If you’re chilling out, I hope it’s a peaceful one.

1st of January 2018

Last year I wrote 151,370 words for the year. That averages down to about 414 words a day. That’s my lowest word count since 2013, but with the ups and downs we had last year there was times when something had to give and unfortunately writing was more often than not sacrificed.

At this time of year I think most people are looking at their goals moving forward and I’m no different. I’m not going for huge targets though, last year showed me that I really need to be able to adapt as the days come. My big word count goal of the year is quite simple, 500 words a day. I have got other plans for the year, but every time I put up a declaration I never follow through. So I’m going for the keeping it to myself till I’ve got the stuff done. So I won’t be announcing any dates that I plan to have things released on or anything like that.

I haven’t written my 500 words for the day yet, so I’m off to do that.

Have a great day everyone!

 

Last Years Word Counts by Month

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of days now, but I wanted to put up a post listing how many words I wrote each month of 2016.

January: 11261

February: 17673

March: 11572

April: 14806

May: 23628

June: 9100

July: 1747

August: 2000

September: 9847

October: 23297

November: 58558

December: 11907

Total: 195396

I am disappointed that I didn’t write more words last year, would have been great to have hit the 200k mark. It is what it is though, all I can do is try to better that this year as well as getting more completed.

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day Four and Day Five, The First Blip

Friday I managed less than 600 words, and yesterday I managed about 1500 and I’m currently at 8359 words. I’ve fallen off the pace because on Friday I got hit by a head cold. This seriously knocked me off my feet on Friday night and Saturday. After I finished work yesterday and sorted the henhouse out I had a piping hot bath and got into bed. After a few hours of Big Bang Theory and some pizza, I hopped onto a sprint thread on my local NaNo’s Facebook page and managed to smash out those 1500 words, yesterday.

As of today, I’m sure I’m not behind massively so if I manage to hit the 1667 words today I’ll still be roughly on target. I’m kinda of glad this cold hit me now, it’s early on in the month and I had words in the bank.

I’ve had a feeling that this years NaNo was going to be a challenge, and this is a minor hurdle in the grand scale of NaNoWriMo, but it’s one I’m going to vault and regardless of whether I loose more days due to this cold I’m not going to let it stop me.

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day Two

Today was a productive day, I attended my first Write-In of NaNo 2016 and I managed to smash out 2412 words today, with about 1900 of them written this evening at the Write-In.

That puts me at 4457 words so far. I’m not pushing myself too hard on this, but I’m hoping to get a few days ahead on the word count because I’m expecting to get a few days where I don’t hit target for various reasons.

I’m getting the start I was hoping for and building some momentum as well.

Swings and RoundaboutsĀ 

Yesterday I was aiming for about 1500 words and ended up doing almost 4200, today I think I’ll be writing closer to the 200 word mark. Mainly because I’m off to do a little Christmas shopping tonight and that involves a bit of a drive there and back. I’m going with my brother so I may be able to type a few words during the journey but I’m not counting on it. So the only real time I’ll get to write today will probably be during my lunch break while at work.

This to me is kind of how I’m coming to expect my writing routine to be, that’s to say not much of one. I keep thinking I’ve got to write X amount of words a day, or write for this many hours, or a dozen different ways to write that I’ve heard writers talk about, but something I’ve heard all these writers say is that the way they write is just that, how they write. What’s best for them might not be best for me, and what doesn’t work for them might work for me. 

So if I’m going to be only writing a few hundred words one day, then over a thousand the next day then that’s what I’m doing. At this moment in time that’s my writing routine and I’m honestly not going to think too much about it. I’m just going to keep writing and adjust to suit as time goes by.

The only thing I’m really trying to do at the moment is write something at least six days a week.

NaNoWriMo 2015: Day Thirty

No words added. I was tempted to knock out another 500 or so as that would have taken me to the 200,000 words written during the five NaNoWriMo’s that I’ve done. But I wanted to get back to working on my other pieces, so I started to type up my mermaid story. I got 1015 words down (which strangely enough took me over 200,000 words for the year).

I didn’t write as many words as I could have done as I don’t want to try and write 50,000 words a month; I haven’t decided how many words I should be doing a month yet but I’ve got a vague idea of what I’ll be doing if I can keep the momentum going.

I will be writing a post looking back at this years NaNo, but it may be at the weekend that I do.

NaNoWriMo 2015: Day FourĀ 

Good evening all, tonights post will be a quick one again. Here’s the stats: I wrote 2418 words today, about 1400 of those were written tonight at my first Write-In of this years NaNoWriMo. That’s given me a total of 10,649 words so far.

I feel the story is stuck in a bit of a rut, so I’m going to try and turn it up a notch. I did have some great insights into my protagonist while I was talking to Chrystalyn last night which was really helpful.

You can find my Twitter and Facebook links to the right of these posts, if you’d like to add me as a buddy on the NaNoWriMo site my handle is PeterJReaper

NaNoWriMo 2015: Day Two

Today I was back at work so I had to write around it. This is something I’ve done over the last couple of years; I write before work, during my lunch break and after work when I get home. By the time I’d gotten home I’d managed just over 900 words before work and during lunch. This left me with about 700 words to get done tonight and I ended up doing about 1400 for a total of 2320 words for the day, 5943 in total.

I keep meaning to go back to my data from last year so I can compare this year and last. I’m not looking to try to out do next year, I’m just interested to see how the two compare.

As for the story, I’m pretty happy with how things are going. I’m still not a hundred per cent sure which way this protagonist is going to go though. I haven’t got his voice right just yet, but that could take some time. It’s something that can be fixed when I come to edit it.

I did introduce some secondary characters though who seemed like they could be a lot of fun, but I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them, part of the joy of writing by the seat of my pants. I am getting a feel for the setting I’m working in now though. I think this could be quite a fun playground to play in.