I know. New Years Goal failed about the blogging part! Life taking priority once more.
On the upside, final count for last month was 4,669 words. Not too bad going. It does mean I have already started creating a buffer for myself that I strongly suspect I am going to need.
Majority of what was written was about the raid of the house and FMC going to Oxford to be with her grandparents. Also ended up writing background stuff for two other characters, the traditions that the my FMC’s family and my MMC’s family have before getting stuck between two possible ways for the story to go. The first revolved around my FMC’s father showing up and sharing a brief bonding moment over the FMC’s cat and the second, which had just one sentence written before I abandoned the idea, was intending to start the romance story line earlier than intended but it felt too soon and possibly forced. Stuck where to go, I jumped back to where I had left it before and started writing about both FMC’s first day at school.
Might seem a little odd writing two versions of the story but I had no idea which way to go and, after tweeting about it, @Draebox suggested writing each to see which one worked. It didn’t fully work but it did help. Writing background stuff did help as well, both for word count and for background, even if most of it will disappear at a later date possibly.
My word count goals were created or even copied over from/using my data from last year but after this last month and considering how life is and could go over the next few months, I think I might have to consider adjusting them further or even just suspending my belief that I will hit them. The main goal for this year is just to get a draft completed. I also failed to write on 18 days this past month. Granted it means I wrote on 23 days of the month but I know there were days that I could have written on, even if it was just writing a few sentences into an e-mail on my phone. That would still have been a few more words and a bit more productivity.
In that vein, I think I need to look to finding a community and joining in with challenges that will help that goal as well as finishing the draft. I hope these links will help anyone reading too.
As well as the NaNoWriMo challenges (the Camps in particular), I have signed up to a new challenge on the DraeBox website called The Free Story Starter 14 Day Challenge. You can find all the details in the link. For me, I am hoping it will help me to keep pushing and make sure I write everyday as well as helping me prepare other materials for agents, etc. I have also been participating (when I can) in the #Storycrafter chats on a Sunday run by @Writerology. The community has been very welcoming and I am hoping to take part in more. Finally, there is a challenge I discovered through the Storycrafter chat this past Sunday that started today. Called #FebWIP and run by @reagancolbert97, it asks questions to be answered from the protagonists POV. From looking through Reagan Colbert’s Twitter timeline, she runs the WIP challenge through the year with different themes.
For the next month then, I will be aiming to write on as many days as possible, doing the above challenges or participating in chats and hopefully, continuing to build on the buffer I have created for myself.
How did your January go? How was your word count? Do you take part in the above challenges or chats? Plan to? Have others you take part in? Do comment below.
Final Word Count: 6,465 words
I am quite proud of that total despite not writing for 9 days and it cut some of my deficit.
Most of what I wrote was exposition stuff, description and explaining how the school works. It’s not exactly the most interesting but necessary. I also went off track too by writing a scene from later in the story and a scene that really belongs in a possible sequel. They explore a possible story line that I am still figuring out and don’t want to discuss at the moment as discussed in my last update. I have also been reconsidering certain characters and their portrayal and who they are really. That could be an interesting experience as the changes are things I have never attempted writing before.
This is only an early draft so what’s written now will get rewritten hopefully and some story lines, characters and ideas may get stripped out.
I have also spent the end of last month working on a suggestion from Draebox of having a second project to work on when I hit a block on the first. Currently, that project is looking like it could be my NaNoWriMo/November 2014 and very little progress has happened however I have had a breakthrough on it. The second project may change yet but we will see.
Overall, last month was quite successful and the exposition will help me later. Having a second project could help so what I discuss in these updates could vary. I will try not to make it confusing. Aims for this month? Get as much written as possible to delay any issues that will present themselves over the next two months due to life stuff. I will be incredibly busy so writing will fall to the wayside. It is inevitable but if I can get ahead now, that will help a lot. No plans to take part in NaNoWriMo fully but I will try to enter some words some days.
How was last month for you? Plans for this month? Entering NaNoWriMo in November. Don’t be afraid to comment below.
Word Count: 5,262
A little sporadic in these updates. My apologies about that.
I cleared the 5k mark on the 19th actually so I wrote 2.5k words in the space of five days. I have just seen and made that calculation within the last few minutes; I am blown away by that but spending those few days drawing and not writing seems to have done the trick I think in helping me do that as part of that total was description of the building and beginning to explain how a day at the school works. The characters are sitting down to breakfast when I last wrote.
As I said, only part of that total came from the above. The rest was from a scene I had swirling in my head about a certain, possibly important, detail about one of the characters. I don’t want to elaborate too much as I am still figuring it out but it’s safe to say that I am quite excited and provided some insights to my FMC that I hadn’t considered before.
Now that I’ve done my 5k for the month, onto clearing the deficit! How are you doing? Done for the month or still chasing your target? Let me know below.
Word Count: 2,544 words
Just a quick update having realised I haven’t posted any sort of update on here. Been very distracted with actual writing, life and the Draebox challenges. If you’ve read my Twitter feed, you get an idea of what’s been going on.
In terms of story, there isn’t really a lot to tell. The characters have been sorted and are taking in their new surroundings and the garden party that has started the year. Very Hogwarts-esque but that is unavoidable I think. It’s a definer of the trope arguably so all magic school stories will be compared to it. For me and this story, having houses and an opening ceremonial meal just fits. I am thinking of taking it more along a Malory Towers line which had a house system as well if not the meal so it still works. I have also had a few more ideas for different characters which could yet be dropped but that’s the fun of drafting, you can try things out before setting the story permanently.
Going forward, the main goals are to keep writing, read the books I received from Draebox and just keep going. I want to get as much written as possible right now because I know I will be seriously hampered in my ability to write from mid-November to Christmas. I have had to drop my target word count for November to 2,500 as I am not sure how willing to write I will be with how tired life is going to make me. The drop in target has also let me drop my deficit from 16,000 to 3,600 words. Much more manageable.
How are things going for you? Good? Bad? Comment below.
Current Word Count: 2,312 words
So the reason there hasn’t been any writing updates is because of life stuff and lack of inspiration. Every time I have sat down to write, I have hit a wall. I try to put one word in front of the word but always ended up backspacing. I have no idea why I have struggled really but I am proud to say I have at least been writing something just to push me on.
The idea to try to write non-linear is proving difficult but I think that is down to me having grown up being taught to think and write in a linear fashion. Perhaps I need to learn how to break free and experiment more in unconventional ways. If anyone has any advice on this, it would be welcomed.
Will this slump continue? I don’t know. All I know is that my 5k target is unlikely to happen, even with the bank holiday weekend and knowing that I am writing just the right thing with the 1st September on its way. (My owl with my Hogwarts letter still hasn’t shown up!) Right now, I think I just need to get writing.
Word count: 1,310 words
Quick apologies for not posting sooner. Been very distracted so things have dropped by the wayside. Oops. Time to catch up then. In saying that, I’ve not had a bad start to the month.
As I said in my earlier post, I am experimenting with writing scenes out-of-order so I have ended up writing one of the ending scenes where my FMC is with her siblings and cousins for possibly the last time and meets her father for the first time. It’s clunky at best but it’ll do for now as a first draft. After finishing that, I moved back to where I had left off at the end of June with my characters on the train meeting and got some words written but I think I may need to skip past it a little with just a note and move to writing the sorting bit and the school introduction and stuff. So more description, more introductory stuff but it’s words, it’s world building and it is a first draft, sort of.
Who knows? It might give me a buffer and might propel me towards my 5k target. Considering I need to write around 13k words to get back on track for the year, it could be a good idea that I am about to write so much exposition.
How is everyone else going? Taking the month off after Camp or trying to keep the momentum going? Here’s hoping you are well and that I find some motivation. It seems to have run off somewhere.