Thursday 21st September 2017

Tonight I pretty much hit the end point of the WIP I’ve been working on, the linear end point. I’m planning on adding a number of flashbacks to the story, but before I write those I’m going to do a read through and make a tonne of notes and see what parts feel weak and the little details I want to add in, and most importantly what I want to write in the flashbacks. I’m not going to start those though until I’ve gone through the draft so far and see what additional ideas I come up with.

At the moment the story is about twenty thousand words and I keep thinking it’s a damn sight shorter than I thought it would be. But there are these flashbacks to add, although I don’t know how many of them I’ll end up writing. There will be a lot of detail to add, like a lot of my work it feels like I’ve just written the bare bones of the story, and I need to go back and add the meat. It’s something I’m embracing and figure the more I write (and finish things) the more I’ll end up putting into the story on that first draft. Something I’ve realised with this story is this draft so far I’ve been introduced to the characters and got to know a little about them, and with the second draft I’ll begin to get under their skin a lot more.

It has been a slower week for writing, but I’m happy with what I’ve managed to get down.

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NaNoWriMo 2017 Is Quickly Approaching

With NaNoWriMo less than two months away now I’ve just done a little math to see if I’m going to have finished handwriting this WIP in time to start typing it up when NaNo begins (yes I know thats bending the rules but I won’t tell if you don’t). So far I’ve written, roughly, 17,000 words. That’s about 2000 less than I thought. It’s about 49 days till 1st of November and the words per day break is 678 words.  That is doable, but I fear I haven’t got another 33k of content for this first story. I have got a lot of flashback scenes to write but I’ll probably do those when I finish the story and then add them in where they’re needed when I get to the editing process.

I do have a fan fiction piece that I can do for NaNoWriMo if I feel this WIP isn’t ready for NaNo or just isn’t long enough. Something I might do though is to start on the second book in what will be a trilogy and then break it up when I start editing. One drawback to doing this is when I come to continue working on the second book then I might have lost the rhythm of the story. I think this has happened in other cases where I’ve stopped halfway through a WIP, but I’ll have to see what happens. I know I’ve got a lot to add when I start typing up the WIP, so I’ve got words there.

Something I’ve got to do is stop thinking about hitting the 50k. I know I can do that, I’ve done it three years on the spin but each year I’ve hit the 50k the stories have been very disjointed. This year I want to be able to get a cohesive story done, and have hitting the 50k as a secondary goal.

NaNo is still a little way off, so I’ve got time to see how I do. I think if I’m not confident in this WIP being ready to be typed up then I’ll go into the Fan Fiction piece I’ve been thinking about.

Good Morning, Sunday 27th August

This week hasn’t been productive with writing. Where I’ve done some decorating this last week I’ve not had any time in the evenings to write, not that I was doing a lot in the evenings before this week. That I will be planning to change this coming week. I’m still putting all the stuff back into my room so I think I’ll be spending today and tomorrow sorting that out. I’m a little OCD with a few things and I’d really like to get my movie collection put back into alphabetical order again. I’m going to merge DVDs and Blu-Rays as well. I did have the Blu-Rays on their own but I’d like to have my movie library in proper order.

I will make a little time to write over the next couple of days but once I’ve got my room back into order I’m going to make a concentrated effort to get more words a day written. At the moment I’m only doing at most three hundred words a day and I want to slowly bring that up to the thousand a day mark again. Writing longhand takes a little longer for me but hopefully it’ll be a better draft.

I did have some good writing related news last week that I’m really excited about and will share soon.

I’m looking forward to getting back into a little more of a regular routine this coming week. Between decorating and being a man down at work (colleague on vacation), this last week has been a busy one. So a little normality will be nice.

Where I’m At

I’m a bit on the busy side at the moment. I’m decorating after work this week, so I won’t be getting much writing done of an evening. Not that I’ve been doing a lot of writing in the evenings… Anyway, I am still going to be added words as and when I can.

The story I’m working on feels like I’m getting bogged down a little so I’m aiming to fire it up a little and get back on track. I’ve not stuck to my outline hugely but I’m still in a position where I can go back to the outline because I haven’t gone past any key points yet.

Once I’ve done the decorating I’m going to try and get back into the habit of writing in the evenings. I have fallen into a slump with a few bad habits. So I want to try and refocus my energy and get out of this slump.

Good Morning, Sunday 13th August

This week I’ve written 2250 words on the new project. That breaks down to 750 Last Sunday, 450 on Monday, 350 on Tuesday, 450 on Wednesday, 0 on Thursday, 250 on Friday, and 0 yesterday (in my defence I did try to write late on last night but the cat interfered). Not much of an excuse but it was gone eleven that I decided to write last night.

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Here’s the evidence 😉 

The last few weeks have felt busy. The day job is always busy, so there’s not much of a change there. Outside of work though I’ve had a few more evenings than normal when I’ve been away from home, and at times when I’ve not been feeling especially well. I have a kidney stone, which although not the most dire of problems, when it hurts, it hurts!

So writing in the evenings just hasn’t seemed like a possibility. I did have one night this week where I was working on edits on a short story but the rest of the week seems to have been just having enough time to eat and bathe and then it was nearing bed time. When I think about it, it feels like the last few weeks have felt like that.

I am writing by hand now, and although I am a little slower with a pen than tying I don’t think I’m as much slower as I think I am and I think I’ll be able to still get to the 1000 words a day if I can get some writing done in the evenings as well as my lunch breaks.

Monday 7th August 2017

Just a quick post to end the day. I wrote 450 words on the new project during my lunch break and chilled out a little this evening while I typed up notes for the second draft of my zombie story.

I’m going to give it a couple of days then I’ll get stuck into that again and see how it comes out. I’d like to avoid a full rewrite and look at each scene as I go and add scenes as and where they’re needed.

I’ve got a Write-In on Wednesday, and a few other things I’ve got to do this week. So I’m not sure how much I’m going to get done but I’m aiming to make the most of the time that I do have.

Good Morning, Sunday 6th August 2017

*****Random, waffling post ahead!*****

Well, not a lot more to add from yesterday’s post. In fact, nothing to add really. But I thought I’d just share some numbers from last week and from July, and for the year. As well as a couple of thoughts on my writing year to date.

Last week(from this time last Sunday) I wrote 1134 on the Sunday 30th, Monday 31st I wrote 835, on Tuesday the 1st I wrote 355, Tuesday was 259 and 802 in two sittings, Wednesday was 176. Thursday I wrote 236 and then 240 on a new project, and finally yesterday I wrote 1217 to wrap up the fan fiction piece. That gives me a total of 5254 words for the week.

This is the first week since I’ve been tracking weekly numbers that I’ve passed my goal of 5000 words a week since June, and that was when I had a week off from work. This is kind of strange because I have felt a little demoralised with writing this week. I got stuck and struggled to get over the hump initially, but those couple of 1000+ days really helped to push me over the edge. This has given me a boost, one I probably needed quite badly. The fan fiction piece has been hard work, and I’m not happy with it and want to go through and work on it and get it to a higher quality, but I want to get back to my own projects and get the zombie story straight so I can send it out to Beta readers and then (hopefully) into the publishing process.

As for last month, I wrote 16169 words for the whole month, which is 3831 words shy of the 20,000 a month I’m trying to aim for.

The year so far looks like this: January 19229, February 3027, March 0, April 11835, May 6195, June 14326, July 16169. That totals out to 70781 words for the year, not including any words from this month.

 

What I’ve got to do now is up my productivity but also get myself to a point where I’m more focused on the projects and know what tone I want them to have and where I want the stories to end.

I need to focus and not let myself get as distracted as I am prone to. I am also taking into consideration the fact that myself and my family have had quite a turbulent couple of years. It has made it a little harder and when something has had to give, it’s more often than not been writing. That is something I need to change though because when I am getting words written, and I’m happy with them, I’m happier in myself.

I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, all non-writing related, but I’ve got time to scribble some words onto paper around midday. There’s always time to write, its the will to write that makes finding the time possible. I’ve got to tell myself that more often.