Good Morning, Sunday-16/6/17

It’s been another week where it’s felt like I’ve slacked off, which I have done but I’ve still managed to write 4321 words during the week. Here’s a quick breakdown: Sunday 9th- 1189 and 546 (two sittings), Monday 10th-335 and 399 (two sittings), Tuesday 11th- 356, Wednesday 12th- 256, 0 words on Thursday and Friday (13th and 14th), then yesterday I wrote 572 and 688, again two sittings.

Something I’m noticing is as the week is coming to an end my word counts are dropping, but this last week might not be a good scale for watching my productivity. On Monday night I went to the cinema to see Baby Driver (really good and a movie with a fresh tone to it). Tuesday I went and saw Spider-Man:Homecoming (again, a really good movie that had a lot of laughs in it and a really good twist that I didn’t see coming). Wednesday I went to the monthly Write-In at Bluewater, but most of that was just chatting. Thursday and Friday I was home and last night I went to see some friends.

If this is a pattern where the words drop off towards the end of the week then I’m going to try and up my word counts at the start of the week so I’m a little closer to that 5k at the end of the week.

Something I think I need do more of is getting up early and writing. Even if it’s just half an hour it’s still a few more words each day, and I’m finding I’m in a much better frame of mind when I do. I’m much more calmer and relaxed, and lets face it, the world needs a little more calmness these days.

I have stuttered a little with the fan fiction piece this week. I’ve got to a point where I’m re-writing and editing huge scenes and when I first look at them it can seem a little intimidating, but yesterday I found it a lot easier to write and not nearly as daunting. With outlining I’ve been a little lax with, but I’ve made a few notes on what I’m hoping will be a big trilogy for me and I’ve had further thoughts on how to improve my zombie story as well as a couple of notes for The Space Watch.

It’s definitely been a slower week, but I’m producing and still moving forward, albeit at a bit of a crawl at times.

 

 

4th July, 2017

I’ve had a productive day, just over a 1000 words on the fan fiction piece that I managed to delete 10,000 words on a couple of months ago. This story has been knocking about inside of my head for a week or two now and it feels like time to get cracking on it again.

I’ve started making notes for the second draft of the zombie story as well. I’m seeing the story a lot differently now, it’s like I’ve got a new perspective on it and I can see where I’ve stumbled. I thought I’d done quite a thorough outline but looking on the finished draft I can see that I didn’t, and I missed out on some really basic elements that are required to make it work all the better.

I spoke on Sunday about an unexpected complication and how it’s meant I’ve had to remap my plans for the rest of this year at least. That complication was spun on its head on Sunday just a few hours after I’d blogged about it, and the consequences might not be as drastic as I was fearing them to be. But it’s opened my eyes and I’ve got to decide how I’m going to move forward over the next few months. I know I’m still being vague and I apologise for that, but its not something I can go into detail on I’m afraid.

At the moment my plan is to try and finish this fan fiction piece and then get the second draft of the zombie story done. I am outlining two other stories as well, one is a rewrite while the other is for an idea I had a while back that I’m really excited about.

I think the next six months are going to be important for me. A lot could change and I’ve got to make sure I’m making the right decisions moving forward.

Oh, just quickly, last months word count total was 14326 words.

The Last Week

This last week turned out to be a perfect time to start this draft on Zombie. I had planned to start a couple of weeks before but the outlining took longer than I was planning it to. So getting a good start on the first day of my week off from the day job was a perfect way to start this story.

I started off with 1569 on Monday, 1207 on Tuesday, 1639 at the Write In on Wednesday, 1098 on Thursday, 1227 on Friday, and yesterday I wrote nothing because I was at Thorpe Park for the day and then at a BBQ at my brothers house last night. That’s given me a total of 6470 for the week. Yeah, I’m happy with that. I know I could have probably doubled that total if I’d put some more time into it, but one of the reasons I had this week off was because I was exhausted and I wanted to relax a little. That’s pretty much what today is going to be, just chilling out. Anything I do do will be at a nice laid-back pace.

Being back at work next week will limit writing time but having won NaNoWriMo three times I know I can write a 1000+ words in an evening. So I can’t see a problem with me hitting the 1000 words a day till story finish.

Now, it’s time for me to write.

15-6-17

I’ve had a good couple of days writing. At the write-in last night I wrote 1639 words and this morning I wrote 1098 words for a total 5513 words since Monday.

I haven’t really got a plan for how I’m going to move forward with this, I’m literally aiming for a thousand words a day until it’s finished. I don’t have a word count that I’m aiming for, my gut says it’ll be about 30,000 words, but that seems to be the gut feeling I get for each project I’m thinking about.

I’m pleased I’m making progress with this story. It’s been one I’ve had drifting around my head for quite some time so its exciting to finally be getting the story written.

 

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.

11-6-17

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!