I reached thirty thousand words last night on my novel’s rewrite. The laptop is working out swimmingly and the routine is ideal so far.
It’s interesting that 15K of those words were written since I’ve received the new tool.
The laptop can’t take all the credit. Sticking to my routine and word goals are a big part of the equation. Every night, once the munchkin goes to bed, I promise myself that I can do whatever I want AFTER I reach goal. It’s been two weeks and getting my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard is getting easier and easier. A routine really does make a difference.
I’ve gone from having to talk myself into doing to looking forward to doing it.
Between all that and the incredible support that I’m lucky to have, there’s no way I’m not finishing this book. By summer’s end I’ll be deep into editing and I plan to start submitting by the fall!
Right on track.
As god is my witness NO MORE ZERO DAYS!
@ratherastory provided me with a cool word count tracker spreadsheet. There’s dozens of these on the net but I really like this one. It was depressing to see, however, how little I’d been writing thus far in 2012.
Repeat after me: There is no such thing as writer’s block.
You with me there? Good.
Now, let’s talk about that (translation: I will now write about that, feel free to comment below)
After a maudlin evening, I’m dusting myself off and coming up swinging. It’s been a very full week and I’m psyching myself up for a massive session of writing tonight.
But first, a pause for cuteness (and inspiration for me):
Ain’t she cute? A budding artist for sure. I don’t even mind that it ain’t writing. There’s time. She’s not two yet.
So, this week:
I mean the title in a GOOD way. Really.
This morning was good.
I’ve just experienced a few days (ok, more than a few) where I’ve only managed to write a few hundred words (if any at all). They’re not bad words, they really look good on the page. I can’t complain about them. It’s just that I had to ask, plead, cajole them to the page. I had to pull them out, yank them from my brain. The part of me that writes had to transform into a chunky lumpy bouncer in an overstuffed tuxedo and get in there and manhandle those words out of me.
That’s never fun.
This morning the logjam cleared up. I typed up a nice 1000 word scene and kept going. I didn’t even have to think, my fingers just moved. When I dared stop, I took a few minutes to re-read it. I had time, those words came so fast! I liked what I read. The words even sounded good out loud.
It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t tell you how it feels to anyone else, but for me, it’s a rush of confidence, joy and relief in a big ball of crazy sunshine. It’s a really smooth scotch mixed with frenetic rock n’roll.
I wanted to write it down because I need to write today. I need to write my stories, or just a blog entry. Anything and everything. Most important however, I wanted to write it down and share it because it’s a feeling I want to hang onto and remember well because the memory will carry me through in a few days when the words stop flowing out and my muse has to turn into a night club bouncer again.
I’ve decided NOT to do NaNoWriMo in November.
I feel a little weird because I’ve attempted it (sometimes half assed I grant you) every year since 2006 and succeeded 3 times, and I’m not counting this summer’s success at Camp NaNoWriMo.
I will be writing in November, but I feel that I’ve gotten what I’ve needed out of NaNoWriMo and now it’s time to move on and focus on other things. NaNo taught me that I could write every day and finish a draft in a reasonable amount of time. I learned that I can write and write well when I have a good story idea, decent notes and detailed outline. I learned that discovery writing is a sure path to failure for me, even though I enjoy doing it.
If you are beginning as a writer, I highly recommend trying the National Novel Writing Month challenge at least once. You will not regret it.
If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year and you care to receive some advice from one who’s been there, read on!
I’m overdue on re-reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I wanted to write a little update on everything.
Things are progressing apace. I’m almost done my second pass through Revenant. I’m hoping to get to some writing on that soon. I really want to be able to send it out this year.
Outside of editting, I was hit by a great idea for a short story that I’m calling “The Hunter”. I’ve started working on that a bit. In my head, as I play with it, I’m enjoying the fact that it can work equally well as a fantasy or as science fiction. I might write both for giggles and bits.
The big news is that I’ve signed up for a Writer’s Workshop at The Thomas More Institute here in town. It’s a small group, led by published authors and it turns out I already have one of the class book assignments on my Kindle app (I don’t know if they’ll insist I buy a physical copy, we’ll see). The price isn’t too expensive and from the curriculum I think I will get a lot out of it.
The only thing not really working right now is that I’m not keeping up my word count. I’m still writing daily, but there’s been more than a few 300 word days. This will change.
Reading wise, I’ve been rather voracious. I’ve gone through Southern Gods by John Horner Jacods, the Matt Richter novels by Tim Waggoner (just finished Dark War) and On Writing (which I start over and over and never finish, this time I finished it).
I’m not much for reviews, but for what it’s worth, I highly recommend the Matt Richter novels (Nekropolis, Dead Streets and Dark War). They are light, well written and well paced and the setting is well thought out and interesting. Southern Gods was also very well written and I liked the idea of a story set in the post WWII south, but it was “sold” to me as an exploration of blues legends, kind of a delta blues fantasy/horror story which I thought would be neat. It turns out it really isn’t like that and while it was still good, I was slightly disappointed and the ending scenes were a little too gory for my tastes.
Something strange is happening. It’s all part of experience and the learning process but I want to share, in case someone else sees these words and perhaps learns from what I experience and learn. If no one does, writing still has value in that it helps me get it straight in my own head.
The summer was tough but incredibly beneficial to me. I learned a lot.
Still, it was an incredible relief to reach August 30th and the 100K goal.
It’s the aftermath that’s tricky to deal with.
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.
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: