#Writing Update June 2019

Word Count: 2,595 words.

A quick update. May turned into an interesting month.

Various RL stuff, including some that could or will impact my immediate future, means that my writing has continued to be a bit sporadic but I am keeping to one of my New Year Goals of writing at least once, every week. It was touch and go about if I would hit my target for the month of 2,500 words but I managed it in the end.

Last month also saw me starting to foreshadow certain things whilst tying up some plot threads that were threatening to be forgotten. I have been able to potentially find a way to start a mini subplot I have been wanting to put in as a bit of fun too. I have also discovered that the BBC series, Gentleman Jack, about Anne Lister, the lady they call the first modern lesbian, to be quite inspiring for the Hallie chracter in particular but also the Simone character. Something rings true between the two stories so I think the series is going to be joining ITV’s Victoria as inspiration help for the WIP.

Even so, I think fatigue with the Hallie WIP is also starting to set in, possibly because some planning and rethinking is going to be needed, for me to be able to move forward. I love the WIP and the idea but I just hitting a point where I think I am going to be switching to the SDR (Steampunk Dragon Rider) WIP for a while.

Never hurts to switch things up instead of being stuck in a rut.

Because of the changes in RL stuff, I have had to review my targets for this month and the rest of the year. My targets were already fairly low already: 2,500 words per month for June-August, 1,000 words per month for September and October and 500 words per month for November and December. I have felt it necessary to lower my June-August targets though as a precaution. My new target for this month and the next two is 1,500 words. It feels more attainable whilst still being a challenge, all things considered. Hopefully, it will keep me going, come what may.

How are things going for you? Happy writing everyone!

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#CampNaNoWriMo Week 4 (& A Bit!)

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Final April Word Count: 5,759 words.

Nearly doubled my word count since the last update. Not bad considering everything that has been going on personally in the background. To quote Homer Simpson, DAMN YOU REALITY!

The scenes that followed on from where I had left off from last time did indeed write themselves with ease. Before I started writing again, I have had to be looking stuff up about UK courts, youth justice, murder sentencing, 5* hotels and high end fashion. I guess it is true what they say about a writer’s Google search history. I promise, it isn’t as random as it appears!

When I did get writing, I had a couple of short scenes, a glossed over travel scene before going into a new bunch of unexpected descriptive and expositional material. This helped my word count along nicely and introduced Hallie into a new world of luxury that she is going to be living in, as well as a few new characters that even I didn’t know about. It has been fun discovering the new characters, including one that I can feel myself getting attached to already.

It has been fun to write this contrast and it feels right as the character’s background is so different to what she has and is about to experience. I guess it is an unintentional theme throughout this particular WIP: the differing living experiences of the poorest people in society versus that of the richest people. (I am sure someone can explain it much more succinctly than I have). Hallie has experienced being dirt poor, then a middle class life with her foster family and is now living life (somewhat) of the very rich. It will be a nice bump as well for the character for when she begins school. It will give her a differing view of things when she interacts with her future classmates.

Now that April has ended up, I will still be working on this WIP obviously. I know where I am going and what I am doing with this one so I may as well keep going and put Steampunk Dragon Rider (SDR for short) on the back burner to jump into when I hit a wall on the Hallie WIP. I did get a Steampunk Comic as part of Free Comic Book Day yesterday so that could get the cogs whirring on that WIP when I need it. Life yet could get very unpredictable so going with the WIP that is easiest for me to work on right now seems to be the right thing to do. Something to escape into when I need it.

How did your Camp NaNoWriMo go? Did you win? Did you have fun? Whatever happened, you are amazing for going for it and I hope you are going to continue on this crazy writing journey we are on together.

#Writing Update

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So a bit of an improvement over last time but not by much therefore, another quick update really.

Those words have been on her last couple of weeks of home life and I have finally started on her journey to school! Well, I say that but really it’s just her waking up, remembering she is leaving to start a new adventure and getting dressed. Also, her cat has decided to use the word worms to describe people he sees below them. I am hoping that is actually funny but I will see eventually.

I have no idea what it is over the past week but I’ve had the time to write but I just seem to procrastinate and not write. Maybe it’s all the free time, maybe it’s the freedom, maybe it’s something else but for now, I just need to focus on actually using that time productively and just writing.

Part of that procrastination has been thinking about July and wondering if I should start another story or rewrite another one but I keep circling back to actually wanting to get this story written. Get this draft done at least. I think it’s born out of the fact I have struggled to do just that. Life has been through a few changes as of late and over the last couple of years which I think has contributed to me struggling to write and complete stories. Now I am settled, maybe it means I will finish a draft. Or maybe it’s just a good intention that will go.

How’s your writing going? Better? Worse? Had thoughts about July? If anyone has any advice about sitting my butt down and writing and maybe even completing a draft of a story at least, I would appreciate it. Have fun and I hope all the words come to you.

#Writing Update

Sherlock WritingJust going to be a quick update as I’ve written 285 words since my last. Not a lot but enough to push me on for this month, in theory.

The last 262 words that I wrote last month were between my FMC and her cat, as the two argued and revealed to one another that they are just as nervous as the other, going to an élite magic school as a dark practitioner and a very catty cat. That spurred me on to realised that the story was finally in a position to move onto the actual main part of the story, the school stuff.

So far this month, I have managed two paragraphs, 136 words. This is mostly down to me being lazy, hence the reblog yesterday. Knowing I am in a position to write the school stuff though feels good as I know I can just sit down and write. For the most part, it writes itself which is very reassuring as I chase my June word target of 5,000 words.

How is everyone else going? I just hope you are having more luck than me.

#Writing Update

Sherlock WritingWord Count: 3,901 words

Could have had a lot more words but life has taken a bit of priority and I have written just 3 words in the last two days. Also, this story seems to have decided it’s needs to go as slow as possible for no clear reason (except perhaps world building).

My FMC hasn’t had the best time of it either. She discovered that the slave girl she had seen very briefly earlier had had the magical part of her soul taken from her. The girl survived, hollow but alive, until my FMC said the word soul to her. The girl then screamed, releasing the rest of the girl’s soul from her body and dying.

A talk between the FMC and her mum made her realise that her non-dad had taken it so he could become more powerful. In fact, this is how the family had remained so powerful and feared for so long and why they had the soul box she had discovered when with her grandparents. The next day, the FMC talked with her older brother who has told her to stay out of his way or he would harm her. The FMC then decided to leave the house to get out of the way and into the fresh air for a bit. She ended up in the library and has discovered a magical library for practitioners like her. She is currently reading there.

As mentioned before, this story seems to be taking its own time and I am not sure how to speed it up without seeming to just skip over large periods of time with just a sentence or two. It just feels disingenuous to the story despite knowing that a lot of stuff will eventually be condensed, combined or even got rid of altogether. If anyone can offer any advice on this, I would genuinely be grateful for it. It’s times like this that my planning/outlining method proves quite flawed.

Aim for this week is to try to kick-start my story again to get on with it and actually get onto the part that’s the basis for this, magic school. I will get there in the end but it’s frustrating to be in a bit of a rut. How are you doing? Got any advice to share about my dilemma or just in general? Don’t be afraid to comment below.

#Writing Update

d7a3e-writingCurrent word count: 2,489 words

And practically all those words are about familiars because, yes, my FMC got her cat familiar. She has learnt that her oldest brother is all right when the mood takes him and that the crows and ravens she has seen hanging around in the tree in the garden over the years are actually her siblings familiars. She has also been told that dark magical practitioners are not limited to certain familiars.

I think that’s going to play a part in the finale of the story. I’ve had a few more thoughts about the finale and it’s effect on my FMC but I think I need to write and cement those thoughts and ideas before I commit to them. I just don’t want to end up going down the wrong path plus I have some concerns about being too cliché or making her Mary Sue-ish.

I have a 5,000 word target for this month so obviously, I am racing ahead of where I need to be at this point which is good I feel. It leaves me free to get this month’s word count then start building up any buffer I may need for later in the year, because life will impact on writing plus I haven’t finished a 50k November since 2012. I miss that target (and possibly my July Camp 25k target) with no buffer and I can say goodbye to my yearly word target. I am 5.2k words ahead but it never hurts to be ready. If I can write more than my target, I might as well do that and enjoy the feeling of having slack days with little or no consequence.

How’s your writing coming along? Continuing your Camp project, started something new or perhaps gone back to another project? Hope you are having fun whatever you are doing?

Camp #NaNoWriMo April 2016: Days 18-22

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Current Word Count: 18,185 words

This draft just keeps kicking up new information. The FMC’s mum is backing my FMC’s beliefs about being able to be so much better and is supportive of her going to an elite magic school, rather than the dark magic one the rest of the family goes to. The FMC has also proved to be a bit devious by using her place as the unwanted outcast to get money from her non-dad to do her school supply shopping and to stay in a hotel for a few days. The hotel is because her mum and non-dad are kicking all the kids out of the house for a few days to do a ritual that needs complete silence. I am trying to figure out how the shopping trip will go whilst relaying the same or similar information from the first draft.

In the last couple of days, I’ve realised that this story takes place not in our world but in another AU, high fantasy type world. It seems to be connected to other stories I have done in the past in a separate world that has been developing  for some years now. So that’s thrown up some new considerations, like government, world set up, it’s connection to other place, etc. At the same time, it has allayed some of my concerns about timing within the story. I don’t have to stick to the calendar of our world and I can draw upon elements from the other stories. This should be interesting.

So here’s hoping that when I post next weekend, I will be able to display a winner banner at the top of the post. How’s your writing going? Good? Bad? Had any revelations? Good luck folks!