Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nearly there...

Word count: 53,877

The story, as it is, wouldn't make sense to anyone but me. I am trying to get all of the pieces into one document, all of my notes and ideas. I'll have to deconstruct to rewrite it, work out the outline and the character maps, making sure everything is consistent. I have passed the 50K mark, though, and I still have 3 days.

I need to write an ending that ties all the pieces up. That is my primary goal between now and Saturday night. I definitely have enough material to make it al work, though.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Redeeming myself?

Word count: 36,688

I felt so guilty after my last post, that I sat down and wrote some. It's still technically quarter-of the end of the day here, so I'll count it.

...and, scene.

Did I write today?
No, I did not.

And whose fault is that?
That would be mine.

Does that mean I am giving up?
Hell, no.

Actually, I cleared my living space, and I cleared my head.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Perhaps I'm a touch too ambitious...

Word count: 35,668

For those of you keeping track at home, I should be at 41,675 by tonight. 6,000 words is not such an unreasonable goal for one day, even having to work at my job through the middle of it. I am going to set my goal at 12,000 words, and accept some achievement betwixt the two.

I shall return by midnight for the update.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A New Take On An Old Theme

Word count: 34,007

I'm back on target, but I've come to a stopping point in my account. However, the idea came to me as I was working to take this book and my first and make them work together. Finally, I feel like I have strong characters and a lot of plot to work with. I'm taking a more fantastic spin on the story, but I'm loving it.

Ten days to go. Can I tie everything together?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pulling from behind...

Word count: 32,113

I have been slacking and I fell behind, but now I have caught up. Not only have I caught up, but I think I have solved a few problems that I have been struggling with.

I don't think the original story is going to stretch another 20,000 words, but I plan to keep writing things out so I have enough material to work with when everything is said and done. Excellent.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Word count: 27,481

I need to pass 30K in the next few days. I'm still slumping a bit, but I'm forcing myself back on target. Perhaps my laundry can be a refreshing distraction? For the sake of my personal hygiene?

I'm still not entirely sure where I'm going with this story.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Entering Week 3...

Word count: 25,182

I did have a bit of a slump this week, but I think I regained my footing last night. The more that I write, the clearer it is to me what a mess I'm making of the story, but at the same time, if I can get enough material out to rearrange and rewrite, a long mess is better than a perfect couple of pages.

The story is always evolving, shifting between a work of creative non-fiction and a work of pure imagination. The themes that are emerging excite me more than the plotline. One I merge the two, I may have something worth working with after all.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

On we blindly stumble...

Word count: 21,348

It's been ten days now since I started writing. I am finally beginning to come into my voice, but the story is seeming much shorter than it needs to be. I'm right where I want to be, a third of the way through the trip, and a third of the way through the book, but it's becoming more difficult to envision the adventure filling the pages. I suppose this is my slump. Once I hit another 10,000 words, I'll feel better.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Holding off the week two blues...

Word count: 17,088

I woke up at 5am this morning, but even more mysterious than that, I was out of bed and ready to roll at 5:30. I went for a long morning walk, greeting the sun and picking up my usual morning bagel and coffee, and then came home to hammer out 3,000 words for the book.

This book has potential. Third time's a charm, right? And assuming I get a rough draft together, this will indeed be my third book.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I'm doing rather well for July.

Word count: 12,328 words

I'm ahead of schedule, but I don't want to get too excited about it. I have to keep the momentum going, and make sure that I write every day. Sometimes I get bored with the story, but there is enough of it (for once) to skip the boring parts and move on to something else. I feel good about the plot and timeline. It needs a little tweaking, but once I have a rough draft down, I think this book may actually be workable!


Don't get ahead of yourself...

Friday, July 2, 2010

What's the best way to procrastinate working on a novel?

Write another novel!

It's JulNoWriMo, and I'm stymied temporarily on my main project, so I'm throwing all caution to the wind and writing a creative memoir. I did, after all, move across the country. I have some fun stories for that.