Well I’ve been pretty silent on here this last week. Why? Because all of my words have been going into my NaNo project. And guess what!! Now that I have my story all plotted out, it’s super easy for me to make my daily word count goals. I’m talking SUPER easy…as in, I can regularly write over 1,000 in a 30 minute sprint.
So my RoW80 goals for November were pretty much to do NaNo. And that is what I’ve been doing. So far, on the evening of the 9th day, I’ve written over 27,000 words. That means I’m averaging over 3,000 words a day. That’s just crazy. If I keep this up…or should I rephrase that…after keeping this up I’ll have a complete rough draft by then end of the month!
That’s just crazy talk. And it’s very exciting. I can’t wait to have it all written, put together in 1 document, and then I’ll print it and grab a red pen…because honestly it has to be a red pen…and read what I’ve been working on for the last couple months. That also terrifies me, but mostly I’m excited.
I hope everyone else is having as much success as I am.
Well I’m one week into the first RoW I’ve actually started from the beginning.
As far as plotting/outlining. I’m doing awesome. I’ve figured out the final showdown. I’ve figured out the resolution. Sure, some of the details are fuzzy. But I have a pretty good idea about where I want to go and the route I want to take. So I’m pretty excited about that. As in, I’m super excited. I can’t stop talking about it. I’m actually starting to feel sorry for my husband…he keeps changing the subject but after about 2.3 seconds I bring it right back.
My word count goal was 1000 words 3 days a week. I didn’t do that. I did write 3000 words, just not in 3 days…so I give myself a gold star for achieving that goal. I definitely achieved the heart of the goal this week.
I’m doing great at not rereading/editing my work so far. That’s definitely been the easiest goal thus far.
No flash fiction this last week, but that was an every other week goal. So I need to pump one out this upcoming week. Hopefully I find this prompt somewhat more inspiring than the last. Although, if I was being honest, working with an uninspiring prompt would probably be very good for me.
This upcoming week might be a bit of a challenge. I work the first half of the week and then my husband leaves town for the second, so I’ll have to carve writing time between work, sleep (which I don’t get nearly enough of as is), and taking care of the kids. Hopefully my momentum at figuring out the final bit of my book can keep me going through this week! I believe Hemingway wrote this quote: Write drunk, edit sober. I’ve adopted that mantra…only I made it fit my life: Write exhausted to the point of delirium, edit rested. I still haven’t done any editing, so I might have to amend the last bit…it might be more of: Write exhausted to the point of delirium, edit hopped up on caffeine.
Any suggestions on how to write when your energy tank is most assuredly less than optimal?
After doing the last few weeks of RoW I’m excited to try again. I’m working on my same project, so many of my goals are the same, but as I’ve been writing the past couple weeks I’ve nailed down some more structure elements, so I’m hoping to continue in that arena.
1. I want to attempt NaNo this year. I’m guessing with my obligations this will be too high of a word count for me. However, I have a few things going for me. What I am currently working on, which was originally going to be a rough draft, is turning out to be more of a fairly descriptive outline. It needs a tone of fleshing out to become anything near what I want it to be. So if I can finish the final conflict/big showdown and the resolution by the end of the month…then I should have a fairly decent outline to work from during November. Which also means that if I can complete NaNo I might have a pretty decent/fairly complete rough draft, and that’s exciting. We’ll see!
2. That leads into my next goal…finish plotting the final conflict and resolution by the end of October. In this stage I’m also hoping to address the major scenes, making sure there’s tension in each one and that all of them drive the plot forward. Pretty much this is my attempt to become more of a plotter and less of a pantser. I’ve been working on this plotting shindig for a couple weeks, and I’m pretty excited about how the story is coming together with just a touch more planning.
3. During this round I’m shooting for ~1000 words three days a week. Except for in November when I need to do WAAAYYYY more. Again, I’m flexible on making that goal. But I’ve already been talking about it with my husband, so he’ll be encouraging me, which always makes it easier in the goal accomplishing department.
4. As with the last round, no rereading until this first outline is complete. And then, no rereading of the rough draft as I turn the outline into a draft. At least, not until it’s done. I can do lots of editing once it’s done, but there’s no way I can finish it if I start editing during the writing process.
5. I’d like to post one flash fiction every other week. Except during November…all writing energy goes towards my draft.
So that about sums up what I am hoping to accomplish. 1) plot it out. 2) outline it up. 3) write it down. 4) push forward. 5) change it up. Did I miss anything? I should probably add a goal…remember to carve out time for family. They’re pretty awesome and I should hang out with them.
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!
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!
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!