Wednesday- 14/6/17

Yesterday morning I wrote a little over 1200 words before off out to an appointment and then home to play some GTAV(online), where I didn’t get my arse kicked too badly! That puts me on about 2700 words on Zombie.

The writing went well, but there is one small scene that I wrote that I’m not sure about. If it’s taken out it’s not going to change the story at all but I like the character work that’s in it. So I’ll see how it feels when I’m done.

I’m trying not to edit as I go, but what I am going to do is go through and make sure I’ve done the grammar and spelling problems that crop up. I’d like to do that when I finish writing each scene.

I am taking it quite easy this week. It is my week off and this year at the day job has been very busy(which is awesome!) but it does take it out of you after a while, so I’m making the most of having this time off. Today will be a busy one, though as I’ll be doing a lot in the garden with my Dad. Part of todays work will be inspecting our chicken run, part of which is a good five years old, and which one of the chickens escaped out of over the weekend. Thankfully I managed to catch her easily but it’s a job thats been long overdue for some time.

This evening I’m going to be at a Write-In with my local NaNoWriMo group which I’m looking forward to. I’d like to think I’ll get some writing done but we’ll probably just end up having a good chat, so I might not hit that 1000 words for the day but we’ll see.

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Good Morning, Tuesday – 13-6-17

Yesterday morning I wrote 1569 words on this new story. At the moment I’m just calling it Zombie.

As I was coming to the end of the final outlining I was getting worried that I was putting too much into the outline and I wouldn’t be able to expand on it when I started writing, but I’ve found that’s not the case. I think that worry came from the fact I haven’t written much these last few months.

What I’ve done with the outline is brake it down into chapters but then the scenes in the chapters as well. So I have a summary for each scene that, thanks to the way Scrivener is set up means I’ve got the summary right on the screen next to the scene I’m writing and it’s kept me on track with the two scenes I’ve written already.

I’m aiming for a 1000 words a day as I’m writing this first draft. I think I’m going to surpass that this week though as I’ve got the week off from work. When I am back at work I’m planning to work on outlining future projects during my lunch breaks so that when I’ve got this story done I can move straight into the next one and I won’t have a big gap when I’m writing first drafts.

It feels good to be writing a first draft again and not editing. I’m not one who hates editing, although I have my moments, but it’s such a great feeling writing fresh words.


Just a quick post to end the day. I’ve finished the outline, or more accurately moving the outline into a Scrivener file and tweaking it as I go. It’s taken longer today simply because I’ve felt crap all day. I was hoping to be able to work through it but I was in too much discomfort. It’s done now though, and the writing begins tomorrow! 

Good Morning, Sunday – 11-6-17

These last few weeks have been a little weird. They’ve gone by quite quickly, but this lat week in particular has also dragged out somewhat. But’s thats because I’ve got a week off this week, and the week always drags before I have time off.

I’ve not got as much done this week as I’d have liked. My plans last Sunday to get the outline of a zombie story transferred to Scrivener after I’d done some editing didn’t happen, so I’ve been working on that this week. I’ve massively underestimated just how long it was going to take to transfer the data over. I thought I’d be able to just copy and paste most of it but I’m having to work on the outline and go into more detail with it. On the plus side I think it’s making the outline stronger. I’d really like to be ready to start writing this story tomorrow.

Aside from that I’ve been working on an outline for another Assembly story, which I’d like to think is almost done. It’s beginning to feel like I’m near completion.

All of this still feels like it’s going slow, but I’m reminding myself this is part of a process that’ll hopefully help the process of writing.

7th January 2017

Today I have still been feeling a little unwell. Not quite as bad as I did last night, but not great still. I cracked on through my day at work and got home and cleaned up before going out for a family meal. After that I got home and fired up the MacBook and have slowly written 559 words for the day.

A part of me is disappointed that I’m not breaking a thousand words a day, but I’m hitting 300 words plus a day and I’m now editing. So, when I think about it like that I’m pretty happy I’m still getting the words written. Even when I have a not so good day, or I’ve felt unwell I’ve managed to keep words flowing.

We’re only seven days into 2017 and I’m feeling good and pumped, but I’ve felt this before and hit hurdles despite feeling positive. I’m hoping the fact that I’ve finished a first draft (one I started last year) so far and made a good start with Penal Earth will help keep me more on the positive side of things.

I’ve got a meeting with Owen tomorrow, we won’t be doing much on The Space Watch as I haven’t finished an edit of it yet. I was hoping to be able to hand Owen a copy of the draft tomorrow, but it wasn’t going to happen. Owen said it’s best not to rush at this point, and he’s right. We’ve (probably more me) have rushed the process in the past and I’m going to try and rein myself in a little. I was originally going to do a digital edit, and then do a paper and red-pen one. But come this past week when I finished the draft I thought I’d get it done so Owen could see it this weekend. But I’m going to stick to what I was going to do originally with a digital draft, and then a paper one. It’ll take a little longer but I think it’ll be worth it.