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Monthly #Writing Update

Sherlock WritingFinal Word Count: 3,190 words

Not a complete disaster but I just seemed to hit a block last month. All those words to convey the characters from the train to the sorting ceremony with very little drama really plus the funeral stuff for the end of the story. Still, I do wonder why I hit such a big block.

I know tiredness is one potential point that caused it but beyond that, I don’t know. I had the first week of August off and I had days to just write and I would have thought going to see Wicked would have been enough to push me on but apparently not. Everyday it felt, I would sit to write and nothing would come out. All I would do is write a few words, delete them, rewrite, delete and so on but never actually writing anything and advancing me on. Even giving myself permission to write out-of-order didn’t help. I think it may have been a hindrance. Perhaps I am too used to working in order.

Over the last few days though, with September 1st and Back To Hogwarts coming, it did seem to push me on. It perhaps says something about the story and possibly my influences as a reader and writer.

Plan for this month then? Just try to push on and keep writing. After all, I am around 16,000 words behind for the year so far. So, not much then(!) Plus, I am aware that life is about to become exceedingly busy and writing will have to fall by the wayside. I have even dropped my own personal target for November and NaNoWriMo from the traditional 50k target to 25k though that may yet drop again. Either way, if I want to end this year hitting that target, I need to be catching up words now and even getting ahead.

How about you guys? Was August good for you or too hot to even think? Planning for NaNoWriMo? Other? Do comment below.

Belated #Writing Update

Sherlock WritingCurrent Word Count: 7,286 words

Firstly, sorry for the disappearing act over the last fortnight. A case of writers block combined with life stuff has meant that I haven’t blogged here and writing has slowed to a snail’s pace. Granted, I have increased by word count by about 3,000 words but those words are still mostly world building.

My FMC has discovered that her family and that of her grandfather’s business partner are more linked than she had realised but that raised more questions for her. I ended up taking a detour whilst figuring out part of the answer for some of those questions which led to me reconsidering a storyline and the pairings for the story, wrote an extra little thing, realised I was going down the wrong road, and deciding to go back to the original ideas.

After all that, I returned to being stuck and having no idea where to go next. Writing ended up taking a back seat whilst I dealt with IRL stuff. Yesterday though, something clicked and I got 753 words written. Those words led to the revelation of the cat familiars name, Constantine, and that he has a dark personality but can also act like a teenage girl. I commented on Twitter that the Skull-in-a-jar from Lockwood & Co. is proving rather influential of the cat. Whether that continues, I will just have to see. I am re-reading Hollow Boy at the moment so it is possible.

The fact I have written anything is partly because I have accepted that I will have to jump over some time to be able to write. This hopefully will mean I will be able to get on with the bulk of the story much quicker though I know have another problem upcoming that will stop me once more. The main thing is that I am writing again.

Hopefully everyone else’s writing has been more fruitful than my own. Here’s to a better end of the month, even if it is just one or two words.

Monthly #Writing Update

d7a3e-writingGranted, it is a leap year and it is a leap day but I thought I would get this update done at least, since I haven’t done one in a while.

Monthly Word Count: 3,123 words

Yearly Total: 10,670 words

This month has been awful due to writer’s block. I have flitted between different stories, spent time thinking, tried to kick-start my writing by nicking one of my possible ideas from my Camp NaNoWriMo list and just generally struggling to write. I do wonder if I was simply too tired to do anything after a big push at the start of the year.

Vast majority of the writing has been with the same characters as last month (the vampire and the shadow mage) so it is possible I will keep going with them once next month rolls around too. They seem to keep me going, even if it is random scrappy bits. It’s words nonetheless.

This month has also reminded me why planning is needed. When I was trying a new story, of course I hadn’t exactly planned it so I couldn’t get very far. The fact I know where the vampire/mage story is going is why that becomes easy to write, when I am inspired.

I suppose my aim for next month is just to get writing and keep going. Target is 5,000 words again but I possibly do need to reconsider that after this month and to account that life will take priority again due to Easter. I am on target for the year but lowering a monthly and the yearly target might not be such a bad idea. I will also be planning for Camp in April, should I finally decide to do it and which story to write or rewrite.

How did your February go? Good? Bad? Got any advice for me? Any and all comments are welcome below.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 22-24

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Day 22: 12,514 words

Day 23: 12,592 words

Day 24: 13,306 words

Obviously, as you can tell from the word counts, I only managed to sit down and get any writing done yesterday. That’s partly due to being tired from life in general but also a little writer’s block as I was unsure where to go next. Getting out seems to be the answer when I have writer’s block as at least twice now this month I have got out of the house for a bit then came home just able to write.

What has actually happened in the story is that my FMC has been thinking how her life is going to be potential so very different to her family due to going to a different school, wanting to maybe follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and wondering how much contact there was between her parents and her grandparents. She’s now decided, on one of her last days at home before going to school, she is going to go into town and see how things are for her former classmates. Admittedly, it’s to try to give me word count more than is of any plot importance at the moment. May change.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Day 20

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Day 20: 11,978 words

Not masses written since I hit a bit of a wall. The characters have finished their school shopping and are returning to their families. I was stuck at that point but since last night, I’ve had a bit of a brain wave and might be able to solve it.

Also, I’ve been thinking about what happens once they go to the school and have had a new character announce them self. Shouldn’t be an issue but I think the character is gender queer or gender fluid. This basically means the character is sometimes male, sometimes female. I have an idea of how to portray the character in the context of the story and the school but if anyone could offer any advice or help on being gender fluid, I would be very grateful.

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015: Days 10 &11

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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.