Word Count: 258
Happy New Year! I did almost no writing over the holidays. Prior to the holidays I did some writing on a new design project, which I’ll talk about below. Today as the first normal writing session of the new year where I wasn’t on vacation. I’m going to be trying the two hundred and fifty words per day method of finishing Everlasting, although yesterday I opted for my words to count towards working on Weird Words and doing blog updates. Today I obviously reached the goal and I might write some more after this post is done.
Novel Word Count: 178,379 (+258)
Outline Word Count: 36,744 (+0)
Doing small updates is interesting. I finished off a scene I had previously written, which was a nice natural stopping point. Honestly writing 250 words is easy as long as I sit down to do it, which I guess is the point. The scene written was the beginning of the abbreviated romantic arc I have between two characters where they are having a disagreement. I, of course, am having second thoughts if the storyline will actually work, but inner editor can suck it! Huzzah!
Editing & Critiques
Currently not editing or critiquing anything.
Magic the Gathering Organizer
So little to no work has been done on this, which is somewhat my fault. I think it’ll be on hiatus.
Unnamed Board Game codename Platform
New project. I was inspired by a kickstarter that I won’t reveal to design a board game. I’m not going to reveal many details about it for now but I will be working on it.
Free Write - Hiatus.
Station – Waiting to be edited.
Matrix – Hiatus.
Gerald – Waiting to be continued.
Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.
Word Count: 1,045
Today’s writing session was pretty quick and easy. Not a lot to report. I got to a thousand words pretty quickly a the usual writing spot. I only took a few breaks while writing. I think that the break thing is a habit I’m going to try to break, but I do know that goes away more often when I have an exciting well thought out scene. Today’s scene wasn’t completely thought out to the level of detail I would like but I’ve gotten it mostly written.
I do think I am suffering a little from the “Am I good enough?” issues while writing. I’m seeing the scenes not coming out the way I like. I know such things can be fixed during editing but looking at the dialog and realizing the character isn’t saying the words I want them to say in the manner by which they would say them makes it hard not to sit down and edit. So I guess this is also an inner editor problem, although not really a problem as I’m not editing, but more of a discouragement since I’m not letting myself edit. Hmm.
Novel Word Count: 178,121 (+2,010)
Outline Word Count: 36,744 (+8)
So apart of the editing process for this novel will be coming up with better science/magic. I have a society of steampunk technology and another of mystical capability, and neither have a full understanding of genetics, viruses, and sub-atomic particles. Developing the language they use to discuss certain topics rationally I think will be a big part of making certain “mad science” scenes work in this novel, but I didn’t do enough research or pre-planning for that. So it is something to take note.
Word Count: 1,057
Funny how a thousand words seems small after getting off of NaNoWriMo. I did a normal writing session this evening. Skipped last Tuesday to do more blog work. I almost skipped this evening to work on a character for a roleplaying game. I’ve been writing a lot of background for that character so I figured it might have counted, but I decided I didn’t need much time off after this NaNo. Just a reduction in actual word count required.
Novel Word Count: 176,111 (+947)
Outline Word Count: 36,736 (+82)
Only one scene written today, but it inspired another scene due to modifications, which I partially added to the outline. Woo! It was the first scene with new-old character. That is a character that will be written into the past scenes at some point because, well, I was really bad about outlining Lee’s side of the story, despite him ostensibly being the main character.
Word Count: 3,938
And done! … I’d drop the mic but my friend CinsAngel already did that on twitter, so I figured it’d be a little anti-climatic.
So my winning NaNoWriMo 2013 writing session was done at my usual spot, a restaurant/bakery. I did breakfast with my girlfriend who then lovingly left me alone so I could finishing writing. This session was neither hard nor a breeze. I did have to fight a little here and there to not be lazy and just read webcomics, but I did take an extended break at a thousand words and somewhere around three thousand words. Knowing that I was close to finishing was really motivating, unsurprisingly.
Days Since Update: 2
Daily Average: +1,969
Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 50,410
I have now won NaNoWriMo four years in a row! I don’t really feel like tooting my own horn, except that I kind of do. I didn’t have the usual motivators this year that I normally did. The idea of keeping this consecutive chain of NaNo wins going was definitely a motivator this year. Honestly I’m rather proud. I don’t know anyone who has done NaNo and won four years in a row. I’m 4 and 1.5 so far. I say 1.5 because I failed my first year, and I failed this past summer, in which I set a 25k goal. I failed this past summer due to lack of a motivating group, or so I thought at the time. (continue reading…)
Word Count: 2,402
Today’s session was solo at Fuddruckers. I find it an okay place to write, as long as it is not too crowded. There is loud music and general conversation which makes for good white noise, as long as you avoid looking at the televisions. I don’t get my highest word counts while here, and the food is terribly expensive, but it makes for a pleasant break from. A little over two hours got me two thousand four hundred words so I might use it again in the future.
I have to admit, however, almost give up early in this writing session. It took me thirty minutes to write three hundred words and that felt so paltry
Days Since Update: 1
Daily Average: +2,402
Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 46,473
Okay. With three and a half thousand left over, I’m going to need to write, at least a little tomorrow. I haven’t been able to devote a day to writing to finish this off, so I’m just going to have to go a little bit at time route. My goal is to finish Friday, so that baring something horrible happening, I’ll have Saturday to catch up. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll find a super burst of speed and just finish it off?
Novel Word Count: 172,188 (+2,391)
Outline Word Count: 36,654 (+2)
Lots of made up material today. My outline for my first scene with Lee was terribly vague and not very useful. I turned it into an introspective scene and expanded it. As it was it was barely going to break five hundred words. Now it is well over a thousand. Not sure if it’ll make an editing cut however. Then again most of this novel won’t make the editing cut. That’s fine though. I’m getting my thoughts down. Huzzah!
Word Count: 2,007 (2)
Normal Tuesday writing session except I forced myself a little long to write out two thousand words. Got most of it done before the writing group showed up, and the rest of it afterwards. Overall a good writing session.
Days Since Update: 2
Daily Average: +1,003
Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 44,071
So I was bad and didn’t write yesterday, letting my lead slip a little bit. Now I’m a little less than six thousand away from finishing NaNoWriMo, but Everlasting is probably still another ten thousand or more words away from finishing. That doesn’t matter because I’ll be finished NaNoWriMo either tomorrow evening, or likely on Friday/Saturday, depending on how crazy I get with holiday stuff.
Novel Word Count: 169,797 (+2,006)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+0)
Wow. Less than three under words away from one hundred and seventy thousand words. I can’t believe I’ve written so much. Today’s section was all one scene and a good chunk of it was description, which I’m not sure will stay, but I like what I came up with as I wrote it.
Word Count: 1,815
Just a quick little writing session today to get my word count. I might write again later this afternoon. We’ll see. It went more or less smoothly but perhaps took a little too long for my tastes. I never really found the flow.
Days Since Update: 1
Daily Average: +1,815
Prime Delta: +2,064
Word Count: 42,064
I like being this far ahead and want to stay that way. However today I won’t be racing to the finish line, and I’m not sure I’ll find time to write tomorrow, so it looks like I’ll be doing the normal NaNoWriMo scheme of finishing on the last day.
Novel Word Count: 167,791 (+1,821)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+4)
Two scenes finished. One expanded greatly which I like, and the other didn’t come off nearly as well as I would have liked. That’s alright. I can fix it in post, I mean editing.
Word Count: 7,940 (4)
Okay! Today was a catch up day. I wrote a little bit on Wednesday, but I didn’t record it, and I didn’t write at all yesterday. So today’s writing session was a sit down and catch up, which I did and apparently then some. I had forgotten about my words on Wednesday so I over-wrote the word count by a little bit, but that is okay because, wow, I’m only nine thousand seven hundred and fifty-one words away from finishing NaNoWriMo this year!
Writing felt really slow today for some reason. It took me five hours to write six thousand words, which was very slow compared to last Sunday. But still I pushed my way through. I’m looking to see about writing tomorrow with the intent of finishing up NaNoWriMo at the very least. We’ll see if that happens.
Days Since Update: 4
Daily Average: +1,985
Prime Delta: +1,916
Word Count: 40,249
That is a very nice prime delta. I’m rather happy with that, even though I’m planning on writing tomorrow, it means I could skip tomorrow, but I’m not going to. Now that I’m within ten thousand words, it feels like I could knock this out really quickly as of tomorrow, which I really feel like doing because I’m kinda tired of NaNo taking up my time. Not offense, NaNo.
CinsAngel has taken the lead! You think 40,249 is nice? Try 42k+! Very impressive. chimera116, and Sithwitch13 are both still a few thousand words behind but I’m sure they’re just not updating their NaNo counts, rather like how I seem to be doing so every few days. I’m happy to report Mur Lafferty is still in the race, slowly adding words. As a professional author, blogger, and mother, I’ve no doubt every word written is a trophy in and of itself.
Novel Word Count: 165,970 (+7,940)
Outline Word Count: 36,648 (-14)
These last few scenes have been dull and even I know it. I had to fight the urge to re-write them but I did, because they’re obviously going to be scenes that get totally thrown out, but that meant I could have some fun in writing them. I explored Tigh’s character a little more, and expand Toppa as well. Carlos and Marla seemed to be the main movers and shakers of the plot at the moment which is fine, but I still feel a little unrealistic how Marla is pushing everything about, so I’ll ned to rethink that later. Overall I’m still happy with how quickly the writing is going with the outline, even if each scene is coming out sever so slightly different from the outline.
Word Count: 3,406 (2)
Today’s writing session, as yesterday’s writing session, was done at my usual spot. I’ve been very diligent not to fall behind this week, so I can use this coming weekend to really try to knock this novel off its feet, like I did last weekend. Writing session went quickly, although not as quickly as I might have liked. I ended yesterday by splitting a scene I hadn’t intended to split, which made writing today a little slow as I invented some content. To be fair my outline is a little loose in this section, so I was likely to slow down anyway. But I’m chugging away at it. At this rate I might actually be done with the novel before the end of the year!
Days Since Update: 2
Daily Average: +1,703
Prime Delta: +643
Word Count: 32,309
So NaNo is going awesomely thanks to outlining. Reaching one thousand six hundred and sixty-seven words per day seems to be a pretty easy task when I know what I’m planning to write about, even if I’m deviating from outline. Writing every day still requires some effort and sacrifice I’m not sure I’ll be able to maintain post NaNo, but we’ll see.
As usual, chimera116, CinsAngel, are leading the charge, with Sithwitch13 quickly following up. I find it strange that I’m actually in the lead but I happen to know for sure that at least the first two aren’t always updating, much like myself. Still keep it up!
Novel Word Count: 158,030 (+3,406)
Outline Word Count: 36,662 (+23)
Two scenes down, neither of them very spectacular but they move the plot along. Main characters who had never interacted before are now meeting for the first time. The two major drivers of the plot are starting to combine forces. It feels forced, and it is, but that is something I’ll fix in editing. For now, I find it thrilling how close I am to the end, if a little surprising how I’m still learning more about my characters, so many words in.
Word Count: 12,346
Okay first off to be clear, I didn’t write twelve thousand three hundred and forty-six words today. I only wrote nine thousand eight hundred and fifty-four words today. The other few thousand words was written over the course of the last six days or so. I apologize for not updating. The last few days have been hectic and while I haven’t gotten a lot of writing done over the last five days, I more than made up for it today!
Today was actually two writing sessions. One morning session were I wrote about five thousand words at a coffee shop over about three hours, and then an afternoon session with the official NaNoWriMo local writing session where I wrote a little more than four thousand in three hours. So very productive writing sessions. I find it interesting I was just as productive at a random coffee shop as I was among a bunch of other NaNoWriMo-ers (who often talk quiet a bit and provide some distraction).
Days Since Update: 7
Daily Average: +1,764
Prime Delta: +570
Word Count: 28,903
So given that nine thousand of that twelve thousand was today, my daily average is obviously false but also very interesting, because it is slightly higher than the average needed to write each day. I guess that math explains my slightly positive prime delta. So today basically decided if I was going to win NaNoWriMo I think. Assuming no amazing bodily harm taking the entire day to write so many words will not be in vain. I shall win NaNoWriMo!
Okay! So what have my buddies have been doing while I was being horrible (but redeeming myself!). I’m somewhat sad to report that it seems everybody has taken off this past weekend but I can at least happily report everybody has broken twenty-five thousand words, but nobody seems to be up to twenty-eight thousand three hundred and thirty-three, which is today’s goal. I hope chimera116, CinsAngel, Sithwitch13, and MightyMur are still writing!
Novel Word Count: 154,624 (+12,346)
Outline Word Count: 36,639 (+57)
So wow. I broke one hundred and fifty thousand words in my novel today. I was flabbergasted. I really didn’t want my first ever novel to have that many words in it. I’ve set my new word count at one hundred and seventy thousand words which I’m almost guaranteed to break if I follow NaNoWriMo. I have made it clear that if I finish my novel before reaching fifty thousand words, I’ll be declaring myself a NaNoWriMo winner either way. However given what I have left, I’m not sure if I’ll finish the entire novel by the end of NaNoWriMo. We’ll see.
So I blew through about five scenes today. Everybody is now at the docks, expecting a rescue, except of course nobody is in any position to rescue anyone. They’re all going to have to work to their way out of it, and not all of them will. Muahahaha!