Week 5/14: Fuck the words

I’m getting more and more frazzled that I don’t have a place to write anymore. Do you know where I get my best words-per-hour these days? The bus. The fucking bus on my way home from my day-job. I’m distraught. I’m not sure I can think of a better word. When I discovered that I…

Week 4/14: 40,364 words

I’m not going to say much in this week’s update, because I don’t have much positive to say. This week’s word count sucks. I’m really feeling the loss of my personal space. I don’t have a private place any more for writing in, and I feel decreasingly “safe” in the space that I have. My…

Week 3/14: 35,409 words

Check it out! 35,409 words! Revising the 15-week plan This first draft is going so well, I’m a week ahead of schedule again! According to the 15-week plan, I should have beat 2/8 finished by today and beat 3/8 half-done by next week. Actually, beat 3/8 is well over half-done already! So, I’m knocking the…

Week 2/15: 26,454 words

Week 2 of 15? Shouldn’t that be 16? It was, but I’m ahead of schedule! Revising the 16-week plan According to the original 16-week plan, I should have beat 1/8 totally done by today, and beat 2/8 half-done by next week. Well, beat 1/8 is done (in fact, I over-wrote slightly) and I’ve already hit…

Week 1/16: 20,566 words

It’s the end of the first week of my 16-week plan and I’m on-target! I needed to get the first beat half-done, and I hit that 5,000-word goal! Overall, the story is at 20,566 words now, which has nudged me over the 25% milestone! I wish I’d done a bit more I didn’t record my…

My 16-week writing plan

Nyargh. This weekly update is a day late because I’ve been wiped the fuck out by food poisoning. But apart from that… It’s been a great week! Last week, I was still working on the four main characters’ 4,000-word point-of-view summaries. And now they’re done! And — oh boy — it was definitely worth doing…

2018 mid-year writing check-in

Oh, look! We’re half-way through the year! I wonder how I’m getting on with my goals for 2018? Surely I’m half-way through completing them, right? …right? At the end of 2017, I set myself these three goals for 2018: Publish a novel. Submit stories to three anthologies. Write 1,000 words per day more often than…

Still filling in some gaps

Oh, what a week. I hope you were all more productive than I’ve been! London, baby! I had a trip to London this week to attend a technology unconference, so I had a few days less to write in. I did manage to get some writing done on the train, but I can only take…

Is it possible? Have I figured out the ending?

I set myself two goals last week: Outline the story’s key eight beats. Write a 5,000-word summary of the story. I’ll start with the good news: I hit that 5,000-word goal! Now that’s a start! Granted, I only just hit it. It’s not that I’m a slow typist; the vast majority of the time was…

Damnit, endings. DAMNIT.

Oh boy, I am in – the – zone! Goal achieved! The goal I set myself last week was: I want to have the first act outlined and have started on the second act. …and I nailed it! The first act is outlined, and I’m well into the second! So, what’s the problem? …because there’s…