Well, this is my final check in of what was my first attempt at Round of Words in 80 days. And I started it late. And I didn’t meet all my goals.
My first goal was a specific word count every day. Yeah, nope. Didn’t happen. Not that it was a lot of words everyday, it was just trying to get it in everyday that was brutal. I work three 12s a week, and they are nightshifts…that is not so conducive for me and writing. However, it looks like I’m going to be working that shift for the foreseeable future (like at least another year) so I better figure out how to write, work, mom (yes, that’s a verb), and survive (I’ll sneak a shower or sleep in at least once a week 🙂 ). I changed my word count goal a couple weeks ago. It became more words a day, but not everyday. And I did better…even if I didn’t hit that word count everyday. I’m thinking for the upcoming round doing something similar, a few more words a day, but not everyday of the week.
My second goal was to not reread any of my current work. Nailed it! Yeah, it was a tad frustrating when I wanted to write some descriptions…did I already write that or just think it through? But for the most part, this goal was cake. And it allowed me to keep my progress in actually working towards a completed first draft and not just spinning my wheels reworking stuff.
My third goal was to write one flash fiction a week. Didn’t quite make this goal. I did write a couple, so that’s good. I’ll keep this goal in the upcoming round, it’s good for me to work on brevity, getting to the point (being conflict not just description), and thinking about something other than my current project.
All in all, I came to this round late, dipped my toes in the water, and decided to stick around for another go. Here’s hoping I do slightly better this next round. I’m also hoping to do NaNoWriMo this year…which means a lot more words a day. So I need to get those word writing muscles in shape and October sounds like a good month for training 🙂
Since my last check in, when I hadn’t accomplished a whole lot of tangible work, I’ve done a bit of writing.
1. I didn’t count how many words I wrote, but I got a decent amount of writing done on my novel. I also couldn’t sleep last night, but I refused to get out of bed to read/write. So instead I thought a lot about my book. I made a little bit of plot headway, but it definitely helped me untangle a few things that needed to be untangled.
2. Still not reading my first draft. Which, I’ve pretty much downgraded from first draft to detailed outline…
3. Wrote a flash fiction, which (especially considering I haven’t done one in a couple weeks) was actually pretty decent. I definitely struggle putting plot into a 100 word count piece. I’m great for a description, but plot…well…maybe…or maybe I’ll just hint at a plot. I felt there was more plot to this last one than most of my recent attempts. So, improvement! I’ll take it. But if you’re interested in reading it, here’s that post.
All right. Hopefully I can maintain this slow steady progress towards my goal!
Word count: 100
I am old. I am weak.
Leathery wings rush past me; claws tangle my hair and pull my skirts. The smell of death and rot bring me to my knees. The demons came at night. Soon my family, friends, and neighbors were dead. But they left me, the old woman. So they could torment me more.
But I have a secret. I know how to bind them.
And I have.
And come morning, the sun will burn them to oblivion.
I am old. But I am not as weak as they think I am. And soon I will be alone.
Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Photo Credit: ©Dawn Q. Landau
I hear today was nice. It was warm. And maybe sunny. I wouldn’t know.
Nightshift. That means I was sleeping the day away.
On a brighter side, I did go to yoga post work/pre sleep. And if I worked days I would be at work when yoga happened…so maybe nightshift has a bright side…?
Let’s be honest. Aside from serious contemplation of what I’ve written (all without rereading it) I haven’t worked on my book once. But if I’m being honest (and I just said I was) thinking things through certainly makes the actual writing go faster. And I have figured a few things out 1) the last bit I wrote is going to be moved to the final chapter of the book (whoop, whoop! now I know where I’m going) 2) the BIG bad guy just became very apparent 3) her sidekick is about to kick up his badness a couple levels 4) the protags flaw became much more obvious (glad to see I’ve been writing the flaw in even if I hadn’t quite figured it out myself). So not much writing, but some fairly major progress still made!
So that’s how writing has gone for me so far this week. But I’m about to start working and somehow I always get more writing done on the days I work…here’s hoping I have more to report on Sunday!
It’s a birthday! My sweet little boy, Casey James, turned 1 today.
He also really likes homemade whipped cream.
As in, REALLY LIKES homemade whipped cream. But to be fair, so do I…
I got on the wagon…and fell right off. Dang it.
500 words a day, doesn’t sound like too much, but apparently I struggle with that goal. More like 500 words 3-4 days a week. But it’s better than nothing. And better than what I was writing last month.
Also, no rereads yet. Which is actually harder than it sounds. But it helps me with progress, as soon as I start to reread stuff I have to fix it. Because it’s no good, no really, my first draft is verifiable poo. But a poo first draft is better than a polished 3 pages so I’m still shooting for a poo draft at the moment.
And, alas, no flash fiction this past week. Here’s to the upcoming week and doing better!