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…

May 2018 writing retrospective and goals for June

Hey, it’s the end of the month! It’s time to to take stock. May retrospective I gave myself just one goal for this month: to finish the story beats outline for “Esthree Postbuild and the Agency of Dragons and Stars and Things”. I’ve got an OmniOutliner document with a matrix of my main characters and…