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Writing Time: Everlasting #80

by on Aug.05, 2014, under Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Consecutive Daily Writing Count: 205
Magic Spreadsheet Points: 19,945

There was no actual writing session today. Or yesterday. Why is that, do you ask? Because I’m done. I finished the first draft of Everlasting, my very first novel. As of Sunday I wrote something like two hundred and fifty words and realized that there was nothing else left to write. I could have extended the epilogue I was writing to fill in the five hundred and fifty words per day I was up to but it would have been superfluous and forced.

So to celebrate I didn’t write yesterday, save to do a little bit of design work on Video Board Game. I didn’t write today, save to write this blog post. I wish I could say no writing left a great hole in my schedule but it really didn’t. Using The Magic Spreadsheet, I was writing five hundred and fifty or more words a day, usually more, and on a good day I could knock that out in twenty minutes.

So yeah. Yay me! I’ve wanted to feel some serious elation over this but honestly the moment came and hen it was past. I’ve gotten congratulations from friends and family but for the most part it was just another thing. My writing friends understand and my friends who don’t write are still encouraging. Each writer is different and I’ve known those who have finished three or four rough drafts of novels in the time it has taken me to finish this one.  So I didn’t have a party thrown in my honor when I finished.

Which is fine. I have a hard time celebrating it because I’m well aware that it is in no state to be called anything but a first and very rough draft. I even know major changes I would already make. Should I take up Everlasting again, I’d be doing much more search and taking time with my world building knowing where my story is going through the world.

Taking a vacation from writing the last two days also means I’ve lost my chain in The Magic Spreadsheet. But honestly I don’t mind. It was a tool to get my novel finished. I’ll use it again when I start in on a new novel, which probably won’t be till NaNoWriMo this year. The intervening time, after a small vacation, will be dedicated to working on short stories, editing what I have of Free Writings and other short stories, doing more design and prototyping of Video Board Game, and maybe working more on my MTG organizer.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 263,276 (+54,758) [Days: 119] [Avg. Wpd: 461]

So it has been a long while since I updated. Honestly writing doesn’t lend itself to updates without being forced. I supposed I could use a Magic Spreadsheet style to force myself to update weekly? Maybe yet I will do that. Regardless if you read above you know I finished the first draft of Everlasting. It has been four years, ten months, and two days since I decided to write a novel. Not all that time was focused on Everlasting. In fact I didn’t finish the first NaNoWriMo that started the entire thing and even that NaNoWriMo only produced a partially completed world bible. So it’s really only fair to say it has been two years or so. Maybe two and a half? The last year, or rather the last two hundred and twenty days or so has been the real push, doing the daily writing, a majority of it going towards this novel with only a few days to short stories or just ramblings.

So Everlasting will be trunked. I doubt the world will be. After all there is still Werewolf Zombie Steampunk, the prequel novel that should also never likely see the day, and Monster Hunters, which might be set in the same universe, if not the immediately same time period. I also could see some other stories focus on just Captain and Steampunk Sky Pirates or something similar. And there’s always the chance I’ll want to re-write Everlasting. Actually, I do feel like I want to re-write it. I know I shouldn’t. I should feel elation and being able to put it down, but I do think I want to revisit Everlasting sometime soon. So perhaps we’ll see.

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Video Board Game

Since I didn’t do any serious writing, I found myself adding to my design document several times over the last few days on this. The design document has gotten rather unwieldly and I might be discarding it here soon. And by that I mean starting a new one and copying over good ideas. I’m still having difficulty figuring out how best to mange my brain storming of this game and get the ideas down. Google Docs is great for access but not very good when I want to convey visual ideas or move things around. I could start a scrivener project for better modularity of organization but that doesn’t help my visual problems much either.

I may resort to pencil and paper. I lose the ability to easily edit and organize but I gain near infinite visual capability, limited mostly by my drawing skills, which aren’t stellar but I play on improving that as well. I seem to remember the creators of Scrivener released a brain storming tool. This might be a time to try it out…

Magic the Gathering Organizer

Nothing has been done on this front.

Other Works

Weird Words – Random.

Free Write – Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #78

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Articles, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 329

I’ve been a little bad at these huh? Well the good news is I can make up for that by reporting some really awesome numbers. Okay that above word count might not look so awesome, but wait till you see below. Okay fine I’ll spoil it now. So in the last sixty-four days, I’ve written a grand total of nineteen thousand, two hundred and forty or so words on Everlasting. Which is an average of about three hundred and ten words per day. Three hundred is a key count because it is basically how much I’ve been writing every single day for the last sixty or so days.

To explain, a while back I heard about “The Magic Spreadsheet” on the writing podcast I Should Be Writing. It’s a spreadsheet that turns writing consecutively into a game by awarding points for writing. You get points for writing at least two hundred and fifty words. You also get points for writing every single day. The longer your streak, the more points you get. So while you can write in two thousand word bursts every few days, the real incentive is to write every single day. If you’d like to follow my count you can click here to go directly to the page I am in on a Google Docs sheet. I’m using the name Nojh.

So that has been working fabulously. Only having to aim for three hundred words a day (up from 250 because I “leveled up”) is significantly easier to pull off. As noted!

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 198,240 (+19,861) [64 {310.32}]

So the outline is done, which is probably how I’ve been managing to keep my word count going. There are days where I find holes in my outline that once again annoy me but I’m still going for the “no editing until finished” method. Because really, I need to trunk this thing. It has some neat ideas but it really is my first work. Right now characters are running around trying to move the plot along and I’ve lost most of the characterization. But we’ve hit the next major action scene that effects everyone, so I’m looking forward to that.

Editing & Critiques

Currently not editing or critiquing anything.

Other (Non-Writing) Projects

Magic the Gathering Organizer

So last time I reported this was on hiatus. It may or may not be. I had some inspiration do to a design document so I wrote up some design ideas. So we’ll see how this goes.

Board Game formerly codenamed Platform now codenamed Video Board Game

Okay so that’s a long title. VBG is going to be its shortened name. I said I wouldn’t reveal details but I might yet still. If someone else can take my ideas and run with it, good on them. I’ve been doing off and on-design of this and I really need to just sit down and make a prototype of the basic idea. The basic idea is a system that can be easily themed to mimic or simulate old-school 2d video games, particularly platforms and “adventure” games. Think games like Megaman, Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Altered Beast, Metroid, and X-Men 2: Clone Wars. Except those are all other people’s intellectual property, so it’ll be art work and story that borrow heavily from these kinds of games, with (hopefully) mechanics that help you feel like you’re playing a twitchy platformer, while actually being a very tactical/strategic board game.

Lofty goals huh?

Other Works

Free Write – Hiatus. But keep an eye out for some one shots.

Station – Waiting to be edited.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – Waiting to be continued.

Reconfigure – Waiting to be turned into an actual short story.

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