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 Roundabouts 

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 Four 

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.

NaNoWriMo: Day One

I’m going to attempt to blog each evening about how NaNoWriMo is going. Some days it may only be a few words, other days it’ll be a bit longer.

To today though, I joined in with a number of my local NaNoers and started off at midnight and managed to get 1154 words written in about an hour, but had to call it a night then. I was pretty beat.

I cracked on at about tenish this morning and wrote on and off until early afternoon. I managed a total of 3623 for the day, which I’m well happy with 🙂 

I’m quite happy with how it’s going so far, I haven’t got a handle on the main character yet though. That’s concerning me a little, at the moment he’s kind of two people and I need to figure out which one will work better in the story.

A mistake I am making a fair bit at the moment is that I keep slipping into first person narative when I’m trying to write in third person. I’ve been working mainy in first person recently and I keep slipping into it as I’m writing. Hopefully I’ll be able to break that habit quickly.

I was hoping to crack on further and try to get closer to the 4k mark but my brain was frazzled. So I faffed about on Xbox for a while. It’s been ages since I’ve played GTAV, I gave the online aspect another go and I think it could be a lot of fun given the time to get stuck in. And I’m wrapping the day up with watching some Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Just A Quickie

Evening all, I realised I hadn’t updated for the last couple of days and just wanted to write a quick post to share what’s been going on.

The last two days I’ve written 600 words on my vampire collection. I’ve stopped working on the AVG rewrite for the moment as I’m not feeling it. I’m at the point where I think it’s not the right time for this story yet. I think I need to get a bit more experience to make it work in the way I’m seeing it in my head; but we’ll see. The vampire stuff is really exciting me at the moment so I’m going to stick to that for that reason.

As I’m writing stories for the second book I’m re-reading the first book to just remind myself of a few details, as well.

That’s it for now, as I said its a quick post.


1000 Word Day! 

I know it might seem a little odd to be getting excited by writing a thousand words in a day, but it’s been a rare occurrence for me of late and it feels a little like I’ve broken a hurdle tonight.

I’ve been itching to get stuck into some serious writing for a few days now, but I’ve been a little under the weather and when I’m ill I just like to get in bed and binge TV shows or movies. Especially if I’m well enough to still be able to go to work (which I almost always am), but today I’ve felt a little more myself than I have done for the last week or so, and despite feeling quite rough when I got home I persisted and got stuck into typing up a little more of the AVG rewrite. For the amount of time my bottom was in the chair I didn’t really do much (800 or so words this evening, 248 during my lunch break) but what I’m planning to do is each night try to beat my previous days count.

That said though, I have dropped my daily minimum to just 250 words. That’s not a lot, but it’s easily achieved and hopefully that’s enough to get me rolling and stuck into what I’m working on, which may mean I easily do more than that a day, but we’ll see.

I’m working on a vampire story at the moment as well but that’ll be my secondary project. AVG is my primary one, although I must try and stick to my original draft a little more. So far I’ve barely stuck to it at all. But that’s for tomorrow. Now I’m gonna watch a movie 🙂