Nano 2018 Day 23

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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 🙂

Writing Advice #6

Writing Advice

When you’re stuck on the beginning of your story, or stuck somewhere in the middle and you have no idea what to do or where to go, write the end. Start from the back and work your way forward.

If you have even a vague, rough idea of how you want your book to end or even if you have just a gut feeling, write it down. If you have no feelings at all, no clue whatsoever, make something up and go from there. Start at the end and work your way back. You may come up with something that will surprise you.

When you’re afraid of/reluctant to writing THE END because you think it’s not good enough or if you’re worried that your end won’t be your REAL end and you’re wasting your time, don’t think about it. Force yourself not to think about it. Or tell yourself you don’t care if you write crap.

Think about where you want your characters to end up, who you want to kill off, who you want to give the happy ending to. Then switch it up, or don’t. Do all the thought experiments. But most importantly, don’t censor yourself.

WRITE ALL THE THINGS.

NaNo 2018 Day 11

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Word count: 4467 (Yes, I had a major brain wave today!)

Projects: All of the Echoes, a short story companion to Havoc’s Moon

Goals achieved/notes: I’m happy but I can’t make any coherent words to describe why. I haven’t had this good a day, meaning, all the words are good (for a first draft) and none of them were “I don’t know what to write, I don’t know what to write,” written over and over again.

I hope y’all had a great day too!

Total word count: 18536

KEEP WRITING 🙂

NaNo 2018 Day 10

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Word count: 2048

Project: All of the Echoes

Goals achieved/notes: I worked on a lot of structuring today, dividing what I had written over the last 10 days and organizing chapters out of all that mess. Also putting more flesh on those pieces to plug holes and make things make more sense. I confess I did do some editing and re-reading before I started writing the new words today but since this project has taken a massive direction shift I really needed to re-read and refresh myself so I could keep moving forward. I have to say that now that I made this project shift I am WAY more excited about my characters than I have been in a long time and the elements of the project that were the sequel to Past Life are really shaping up well. Even though I’m still behind on my word count I’m not too discouraged, only a little but not as much as I thought I would be. Because I’ve seriously been discouraged about not meeting my word count before.

I managed to write over 2000 words today and my goal is to write at least 3000 tomorrow so I can try to catch up. I think on day 15 we are supposed to have 25,000 words. Right now my total word count is:

14,069!

KEEP WRITING!

Writing Advice #4

Writing Advice

I have a habit of opening up my draft and re-reading and editing what I’ve already written before I start writing new content. It’s not a BAD habit, sometimes I need to remind myself where I left off or remind myself of the tone I was going for but then something happens where I get bogged down and by the time I get to the end of the text I lose momentum/motivation and don’t want to write anything new.

(Writing, reading, and editing poetry is very different for me.)

And then I get upset at myself because how can I ever not want to write?

I think personally when I go back and re-read something I feel like I have to make it perfect in my head before I can move on to the next part. Because if the first part isn’t 100% right how can I write the next part? Or the next?

I write in chunks and spurts, I don’t have a routine where I write every day. But the time where I wrote the most in one chunk was when I forced myself to not edit what I wrote in my previous sessions.

It’s really hard not to, but I find the results (writing more words) more rewarding than the instant gratification of “fixing” something.

Try it some time. Don’t edit. Just open up your word doc and keep going.

NaNo 2018 Day 3

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Word count: 2044

Projects: Havoc’s Moon, The Morning Star

Goals achieved/notes: So I haven’t had much luck with re-naming my characters but I have had some and some is better than nothing. My main character’s love interest in Havoc’s Moon has gone nameless since January of this year. He likes going by his last name but I’m the author and I need to know his first name because reasons. I took a lot of notes today for Havoc’s Moon, mostly about weaponry. It’s a paranormal action/adventure first and a romance second so I feel it’s very important I get the guns and artillery right.

For The Morning Star I think my main character is going to have some sort of psychotic break. I’m not sure. Even though I’m writing The Morning Star in 3rd person I free-wrote some of Echo’s thoughts in first person in the hopes that I can use them in the audio transcripts that are intermingled with the prose chapters.

Total word count: 5454 (Cleared 5,000 words today:))