I finished the first draft of my latest novel yesterday. One hundred and two thousand words (it had reached 106K at some point on the weekend but I trashed a scene that really didn’t work for me at all).
Now I can write whatever I want!
I hate that.
This is a dangerous time.
I’m still working on the manuscript. As I stated to a friend, I’ve given up all pretense of following my (admittedly poor) outline and I’m discovery writing at this point. I’m on what I think is the last chapter, so I should be completing the work momentarily.
I’ve had a bit of a writing break over Labour Day weekend. These weekends tend to be very full for me and I didn’t even see the inside of The Basement Office (much less sat down to write) until Monday evening.
The immediate priority is to keep from doing what I did early August. I do not want a small break to turn into a big one. I wrote a little last night and I intend to write tonight.
I just wish it wasn’t such a DAY.
Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of meeting my wife, today I’d like to take the time and wish her Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Jess! You have proven to me that my dreams can come true (and three of them already have because of you) and your unwavering, unconditional, uncompromising support is the core of my being. I may not be able to make all your wishes come true, but I will always want to and try to.
Without her, I would not be the person I am now.
It’s the 31st. It’s a brand new day. I’m flush with a second back to back NaNoWriMo win.
The manuscript is not done however and I’ve put in another 500 words this morning and more are coming. I know that if I stop and take a break because I’ve made the word count, there’s a chance I won’t finish the book. It would be a shame. A finished first draft is easily moved up on deck when you decide to revise it. An aborted draft is just, well, unfinished and it’s hard to put a decent ending on something when you let it sit too long.
Whereas, you should let a manuscript stew a while before going back for revision.
So how did August go in general? Impressions and thoughts below:
Welcome to the 100th post of The Basement Office!
It’s been a great ride and it’s only getting better. I’d like to welcome the new readers, I know it’s a bit slow in August (there’s writing to be done!) but I promise you, come September, we’ll be back on track with a lot of different stuff.
For those of you who don’t know, here’s the ACTUAL basement office:
On the left over here, we have the junk pile I call a desk, where most of my writing gets done. It’s actually a lot cleaner than it was when the Basement Office first began.
Over on the right here, we have the support equipment for the operation. The mini fridge was a christmas gift from my wife (ain’t she a peach? I love her) and the coffee maker, well, it’s a necessity. Caffeine fuels word count it seems.
So what have I learned? What’s been going on for 100 posts?
Oh not a whole lot…but it’s fun. Do read on.
Daughter making friends
This is my daughter making friends at a local community fair.
While I worked hard to get caught up on word count, and that’s going well (I’m slowly catching up to where I should be. I’ll hit 100K on schedule I assure you), it was nice to get out and enjoy the outside world.
I was dubious at first (I’m generally lazy and anti-social) but I am very glad that my wife convinced me to go. We had a great time. Anna had a wonderful time as well, as can be seen in this picture.
It certainly gave me the impetous to go back that evening and pour in an extra 1000 words, which I might not have done without the outing (and the gentle proddings of my significant other).
I’m putting the picture up as a reminder to myself (and to anyone else who may need it) that no matter what we’re trying to do as writers, getting the words down is only the beginning and not the whole story. If we don’t get up once in a while and get out there, we may end up with very little to write about, no matter what you’re writing about.
Alright, back to work.
Before I say anything else, once again the inestimable John Scalzi expresses some of what I feel in a much better way than I can do at this time about the general state of the world.
So what’s going on with me?
I apologize for the lack of updates but I’ve been refilling the well. I’m on vacation this week and while I expected to be a writing machine, it turns out quite different. I’ve been sick and I’ve been rather tired so I took a break. I’m still writing and on track for that 100K by the 30th, never fear. It’s just nice to have a few days to laze around.
I’m working to get caught up today. There’s some good stuff to write about and I’m having a lot of fun with the scenes. Stay tuned for increasing word count!
Last night I hit the 40K mark (woohoo!) and I also finished reading “Full Share” from Nathan Lowell. What a great series! I highly recommend it.
Now I’m a bit at a loss as to what I want to read next. I have a lengthy pile of new books as well as old favorites on deck (both on my Kindle app and in paperback). I’m just wondering what’s more conducive to writing? Is it better to re-read an old favorite that inspired you to write, a classic that dazzles with brilliant prose or would it be better to take a chance on something you haven’t read before?
What do you guys out there think?
Some of what’s on the “to read” pile below.
There are some tunes that just don’t go well with the morning commute.
Today I’ve learned it is impossible to drive under the speed limit if you are listening to Judas Priest’s Freewheel Burning or Ride of the Valkyries.
They are, however, excellent for word count in certain circumstances.
That is all.