I’m really embarrassed to share this information because I did really, really bad this month. But this is how life works sometimes.
I’d be surprised if I hit 4,000
Days I didn’t write:
Almost all of them.
Got 1 acceptance. Nothing sent out.
SO this month was terrible for my productivity. Mr. J drove up from Alabama in the first week and we stayed in Arkansas for a few days before driving down to the Florida panhandle to visit my aunt for a week. Then further down the state to visit Mr. J’s grandfather for another week. And then a few days in Mr. J’s home port before I flew back to Arkansas.
But even thought I didn’t do a lot of writing (I gave up tallying my word counts and days after the first week) I did a lot of outlining and brainstorming. I fleshed out secondary characters and sub-plots. I worked on motivations and story arcs. It was a productive time in every other aspect of writing except actually writing.
My two other main projects, Resonance and The Heart of the Forest Cycle, are progressing more slowly than I would like but they are progressing. The biggest news there is that instead of being a trilogy of novels, The Heart of the Forest Cycle is going to be at least two volumes of short stories and novellas. I have a lot of characters in that series and tying all of their story lines together was becoming increasingly difficult so I’ve separated nearly everyone’s stories and things are flowing more easily. I might be able to publish the first volume sometime in the fall but I’m still not going to make it a priority. The Slaughter Chronicles comes first.
July is Camp NaNoWriMo. I will be participating this year. I didn’t win camp this past April but I also had unrealistic expectations. So for July, I will work on finishing the first draft of Havoc’s Moon and polishing Moon Shine for publication in October.
Here’s looking to a larger word count in the future!
Yesterday and today I did not update my word count on the Nanowrimo site because:
1. I forgot (yesterday)
2. I got a new tattoo (today)
But over the course of the last few days I wrote 14,231 words which put me at
51,660 words this month!
I honestly didn’t think I could do it, much less do it early but there really is something to be said for not paying attention to the word count and just writing.
There’s a lot that can be said for just writing. Just writing works, worrying about everything else doesn’t. But, as always, it’s hard advice to swallow.
I haven’t completed any of the projects I set out to complete this month BUT I did get a lot accomplished and I look forward to my continued progress into the next year.
Right now my brain is dead so I don’t have anything profound to say about “winning” Nanowrimo.
Here’s a picture of my new tattoo:
It’s a cover up and you wouldn’t notice unless you looked really hard.
Word count: 2862
Projects: Havoc’s Moon (and two companion novellas to the series)
Goals achieved/notes: got a lot of side characters and more of my antagonist fleshed out. Progress is happening but the scene that I wanted to tackle today remains unfinished. There’s always tomorrow.
Total word count: 34,928
So I took a couple days off. I needed some serious recovery time, not from the holiday, but from life. So I binge watched Netflix and indulged in napping. But yesterday and today I’ve made tremendous progress and I may very well reach 50,000 by the end of the month.
Word count: 2,270
Projects: Havoc’s Moon
Goals achieved/Notes: I got my antagonist more flushed out, made a few MAJOR character changes, and started on a scene that had me stumped for months, seriously months. Mr. J and I went shopping today and we had an hour drive to the stores and back and in that time I went over a couple crucial plot points with him and he helped me iron things out tremendously. Seriously, I am seriously grateful beyond words to have a spouse that is interested in my writing.
Total word count: 32,066 (no, its not the 38,341 that I want it to be but it’s getting there)
How are y’all doing?
DON’T GIVE UP AND KEEP ON KEEPING ON 🙂
Word count: 2,337
Projects: All of the Echoes, Altar
Goals achieved/Notes: I’m too brain dead to think about that crap right now.
Total word count: 25,245
Day 16 I wrote nothing.
Today, day 17 was slightly more productive. I am determined.
Word count: 2050
Projects: All of the Echoes, Altar
Goals achieved/Notes: I wrote something. Sometimes just writing is enough.
Word count: 299 (Hell yeah!)
Project: Book of Revelations (a Slaughter Chronicles novella/side project)
Goals achieved/Notes: not a damn thing other than I wrote something which is better than nothing even if that something is not on my list of current projects but something completely different.
Total word count: 20,858.
This weekend I want to write at least 8,000 words to catch up and maybe get ahead. Wish me luck 🙂