Sunday 24th September 2017

This week I’ve only written 2750 words. I had a really bad nights sleep last Saturday and I’ve felt like I’ve been running empty for the best part of the week. It wasn’t until Thursday that I actually sat down of an evening and did some writing. Previous to that I had been writing during my lunch breaks but that was it. On Thursday I did reach an end point in the WIP. As I’ve written in my previous post I’ve reached the end of the linear story and now I’ve got to focus on the flashback scenes I want to write. I’m going to crack on with that a little today, but I’m not sure how much I’ll do as I’m a tad drained from a busy week. With work, an 18th Birthday party Friday and EGX yesterday I am wiped out!

Just a quick run down of what I’m planning to do next with the WIP is I’m going to read through what I’ve written, and make notes on the flashbacks that I want/need to write. I don’t know how much of the story I want to be flashbacks, but I need them to explain elements of the characters to the reader. I’ve also got a lot of details that I need to note down for when I come to typing the story up and keeping track of all the little details that may get forgotten.

My original plan was to have this be the first part of a trilogy, but I think I may end up making it into one book. Simply because at the moment I doubt its much more than 20k words. I think it would work as one book, but part of the next stage of the process I’m trying to develop is finding where I need to add meat to the bones. When I’m writing a first draft I can be a little negligent on some of the details and world building. Sometimes a little vagueness is good, it lets the reader’s imagination run, but other times it’s lazy and the reader needs a little more detail to fuel their imagination. So I’m going to see how it goes from here to see what sort of word count this first part ends up with. I’m not going to pad it out to hit a word count target, the story will be the length it needs to be. But if each part of the story reaches a certain word count then it will be a trilogy, if not it’ll be one book.

Right, that’s all for now. I’m going to go out and clean the hen house out and then get some pages read.

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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.

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. Β 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 10-9-17

This last week writing has felt good. I’ve written every day and am finding time to write easily. My word counts for the week are: Sunday-700, Monday-250, Tuesday-600, Wednesday-150, Thursday-1300, Friday-500, and Saturday-1050. Thats a total of 4550 words for the week. Which is 350 up from the week before.

Although I am up on the previous weeks count I did still have a couple of days where the word count was low. I’m not too concerned with the 250 on Monday. I’m thinking that’ll be a good minimum to aim for a day, and some Monday’s just feel a little odd at times. Wednesday was a one off, I hope. Firstly I was suffering with the kidney stone, and secondly we had an additional Write-In at the regular Bluewater meet as one of our small group of regulars is moving away to study and she wouldn’t have been able to make the regular one before she moved. She is really going to be missed as she’s a great person and the Write-Ins won’t be the same without her.

With this WIP I’ve found the words are coming pretty well, but when I sat down to write yesterday evening it took me quite a while to get going. I wrote maybe 100, 120 words that I crossed out as they weren’t right. But I did get going after a little while and had a very decent couple of hours. I ended the session with throwing a huge hurdle in the way of my characters. So I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it in a little while.

I have had a change in mindset recently, I’m really enjoying writing again and am writing in most little moments of time that I find I have. I would like to get into a routine in the evenings though and get to the point where I’m wrapping up my work for the night and then chill out with a movie or a few episodes of TV before a chapter or two of a book, and then bed.

I am not getting up as early as I was, I’m finding I can still get words down when I get up at my normal time. I doubt there’s much difference between getting up earlier or at my normal time when it comes to word counts. What I think is more beneficial is that I’ve got a start for the day. When I get going during my lunch break it’ll be somewhat fresh in my mind what I was looking at when I looked at the WIP in the morning. The trick is finding the right balance. I’m honestly not sure its worth loosing up to an hours sleep in the morning just for a few more words and then feeling extremely drained come the end of the week.

Right, a little tidying and then I can get some words written.

Good Morning, Sunday (3-6-17)

Good Morning, well its been a strange old week. It always is when there’s a Bank Holiday or something to break up the weeks normal routine. This last week we did have that Bank Holiday plus a colleague had to have the week off for personal reasons and another one had switched his day off from Wednesday to Friday. So from that point of view it was all over the place week. I did get words written though, 4200 of them since last Sunday.

I’ve been writing before work, during my lunch break and after work this last week but I’m not sure how sustainable that is going to be long term. Friday morning I was struggling to keep my eyes open as I wrote, so what I might do is get to Thursday and knock on the head the early morning writing, the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. By that stage of the week I’m normally getting a bit fatigued by that time of the week and not getting up at 5:30 on those three mornings might be a good idea.

I’m liking the story I’m working on at the moment and am letting it take me where it goes. I do have somewhat of an outline but I’m not religiously sticking to it.

Something I keep writing and talking about is that I’m aiming for a thousand words a day, but I’m also saying I’m aiming for a 20,000 words a month. That contradicts itself, so I’m going to go for the 20k a month target. I think that’s more attainable than a thousand words a day is. Especially seeing as I haven’t hit the 20k in a month yet this year.

Right, I’m going to have some breakfast and then get some words written before I go out to run some errands. Have a good day everyone!

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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.