Day 16: 9,674 words
Less than 400 words away from my 10k target. Most of what I wrote was the FMC and potential MMC in the school story talking, getting to know one another before moving to another location that I think might be important. I also might have revealed to myself and the reader the future of the two characters.
So not a lot in terms of story but still enough to get me closer to my word count target. Still it is important I think as it helped me figure things out and get some ideas for later. How things will work out in the end with this story, I don’t know. All I do know is that I just want to write this story and not my other one.
Word counts first.
Day 14: 6,778 words
Day 15: 8,668 words
Not much on Tuesday (because I was finishing a YouTube Arkham Knight walk through) but yesterday, I just seem to hit a stride. It also helped that my character was reading an official letter from her new school, along with her school list, so lots of free words there! Because of those words, I am now very close to finishing my 10k word count target. Naturally, I will be aiming to continue writing afterwards but whether that happens, I guess we will have to wait and see.
Day 13: 6,683 words
A bit of description of what I think might be an important place and new character as well as a chance to reveal some back story. A lot of world building as well yesterday, again. It could be all padding and unimportant in the end, considering this story is being made up as I go as a result of me writing outside of my genre in the first place. Maybe it is not surprising as I don’t really read sci-fi but I read a lot of fantasy and school stories.
The important thing at this point is words as it’s quantity over quality at the moment isn’t it?
Day 12: 6,198 words
I’ve added some notes to the robotics story for scenes I could probably write later if I get stuck later but really, I have focused on the second story. I spent much of the day world building as I wasn’t in a position to actually write properly and even once I was able to get some actually writing done, I ended up having to do more world building, including having my FMC in this story announce loudly that she has a secret grandmother who also has magic and has been sent to live with her for a week.
Hope things are going well for everyone writing too.
Day 10: 4,794 words
Day 11: 5,261 words
No writing Friday but managed to get some words down yesterday. They have all come from the second magic school story as I am feeling a bit more inspired by that one at the moment. Not quite sure why but I am just letting myself write that one. I’ve struggled to write as of late so I’m happy just to be writing in any shape or form at the moment.
Thank goodness I managed to build up a buffer. Definitely using it at the moment.
Day 9: 4,794 words
As you can see. Little written and it was the family argument of sorts. Wednesday I just couldn’t settle to write or anything after scooting round to do a chore or two. Yesterday, after getting myself out for a bit, got me back in the mood to write so manage to get something down.
See boys and girls. This is why you try to get a surplus going. At least you have a buffer if the words are not necessarily coming even when you sit down and write only a few words.
Day 7: 4,565
Not much to report. Just my characters having a family discussion which lays more of the groundwork for my plot. My MMC has accepted the job offer, whilst his brothers have been made redundant because their warehouse has been automated. The sister is the one doing some of the IT for the automation.
In light of today’s budget here in the UK, I might have to rethink some elements of the plot and the characterisation among other things.
Ben Aaronovitch, writer of the River of London/Peter Grant series, has done another location map for the last book, Foxglove Summer. Head on over to Google Maps to check it out.
Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Rivers of London five-part comic series. Released July 15th and only available in comic book stores and digitally, the story takes place between the fourth and fifth books and sees Peter look into a case where cars are coming to life and killing their owners! The series is written by the author himself, alongside former Doctor Who show runner Andrew Cartmel, with art from Lee Sullivan.
Day 6: 4,150 words
After a moment of annoyance with my Excel progress tracker (not mine. Available from here) because it had lost several days worth of word count data, I managed to push on and write more on the sci-fi robotics story by simply skipping over a scene I was stuck on. It was of great help and yielded some interesting ideas that influence the plot later in ways I hadn’t thought about.
I also wrote a little more on the other magic school story, mostly revealing a bit more background. Hopefully, that will kick-start a bit more now I have most of it out of the way though I am only writing that at the tail ends of writing sessions and I am usually tired by then.
I am now also very much ahead of the curve for my 10,000 word target. This might seem low considering my progress and the fact I am working on two stories but it will only take for me to have a lazy/non-writing day or two to be some way behind or ahead by only a few words.
Hope everyone else’s writing is going as well.