Daily Writing Check-in: January 30, 2019

Words/Time: 17 minutes finishing reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

The final final draft of “Pithea” is now done, and I didn’t need to make very many large changes at all. I really did go into this thinking that other stories I’ve written since this first one would force some even small changes here and there. But there wasn’t much more than deleting a couple of scenes that fit better in “Pursuit of Power,” which was the 2nd book I wrote, so not even one of the more recent ones I thought might have caused a problem.

However, I don’t want to make too big of a deal out of calling this THE final draft, because I have pretty much decided that I need to have at least first drafts written of a couple more planned books before I call “Pithea” done enough to look into publishing again. I don’t want to cause trouble down the road or force a ret-con.

I cut my time short today, because I’ve been working heavy hours and need to go to bed early tonight. It’s possible I won’t do any work for the next few days, because it’s harder to get to it when I’m busy, and I don’t have a clear course of action. Because I’ve finished this draft and am not entirely sure what to work on next, it’s very possible I’ll put it off until I’m less busy (or if nothing else, Sunday, when I’m off work for sure).

Daily Writing Check-in: January 29, 2019

Words/Time: 1 hour reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

I got through about 54 pages, getting me to page 465 out of 482. The biggest change I made today was to move the narrator, Drear, from the city he lived in with his parents, to sharing an apartment with his brother. This makes much more sense, since his parents moved out of the country, and he’s been reconnecting with his brother since then.

There is very little left to read in this story. In the end, I won’t have made many changes due to later-written stories forcing change in this one, but it was important to be sure. Besides that, I wanted this more fresh in my mind as I go on to make revisions to later books.

I still don’t know what new goals I will set after I finish this draft. I don’t think I can attempt publishing again until I have a more solid idea of the books that will follow.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 28, 2019

Words/Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

I got through about 68 pages, getting me to page 411 out of 482. If anyone is paying attention, they may notice that the book dropped 28 total pages from yesterday to today. This was a decision I made while doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power” recently. I decided to look at the scenes that intersected these two books and decide which one of them the scene really needed to be in, rather than show the scene in both books, but from different perspectives. It was easier to do that with some of the other scenes, especially since some of them slowed “Pursuit of Power” down quite a bit.

However, I knew that also meant that a more exciting scene that really belonged in “Pursuit of Power” more than in “Pithea” needed to be removed from the latter book, even though it’s been a part of that book since before it was written. However, it will be stronger without that scene, because what happens in it is so far removed from the rest of the theme and focus of the book.

I am now into part 4 of 4, and should be done with this final final draft in a couple days. I just don’t know where I go from there.

 

Daily Writing Check-in: January 27, 2019

Words/Time: 57 minutes reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

I got through about 55 pages, getting me to page 343 out of 510.  I just started into the 2nd to last chapter of part 3 of 4, and then I’ll be in the home stretch. This read-through has gone a lot faster than reading through “Pursuit of Power” recently, but then, I had more ongoing changes to make to “Pursuit of Power.”

When this is done, I don’t know what I will do. It will be time to evaluate anew where I should be going next with my writing.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 26, 2019

Words/Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

I got through about 128 pages, getting me to page 288 out of 510. The pace was slower than it’s been in the past, but I did get distracted by some rabbit trails while reading. Still, I am solidly into part 3 of 4, heading into the exciting parts of an otherwise more drama-filled part of the book.

I am loving the fact that I don’t have to force myself to write most days, and in fact have been spending most of my free time working on this, rather than playing video games or something (I still do that some, but keep finding myself wanting to come back to this). I just don’t know what’s going to happen exactly when I get to the end of my current list of short-term goals, and when this book is once again finished being edited…and ready to attempt publishing again.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 24, 2019

Words/Time: 40 minutes reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.

I got through 27 pages, getting me to page 64 out of 510.

I should mention that I have taken to changing the draft to Comic Sans during revision, because of a post on the NaNoWriMo Facebook page last month. They shared this tweet, and I thought I’d try it for myself. I do find that the words are a lot easier to read, so I’m going to stick with it. But this makes the document a lot longer. “Pithea” is 380 pages in 12 pt Times New Roman.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 23, 2019

Words/Time: 53 minutes finishing draft 3 of “Pursuit of Power,” followed by 20 minutes starting through what will hopefully be a final final draft of “Pithea.”

I got through the last 39 pages of “Pursuit of Power,” making broad changes in advance of heftier structural changes I will start on in the future. This finished goal #3 in my list of short-term writing goals that I have been working on since the end of NaNoWriMo in December, and I have already sent the draft to my friend to read. (*fingers crossed that he likes it*)

Now I am moving on to goal #4:

1. Remove NaNo fodder from 2018 NaNoNovel, put scenes into Scrivener while I still remember my ideas

2. Make Aeldrim not be dead in “Pithea

3. Revise “Pursuit of Power” enough to be readable by a friend.

4. Even though I did declare “Pithea” finished a few years ago and sent it off to a couple of publishers, writing that I have done since then has led me to make some changes to it already. Changes like aging most of the characters up 3 years and un-killing a character (see #2 above). I think that before I can move on to more fully revising “Pursuit of Power,” I need to make sure I don’t need to make more changes to the first one. Plus, I think it’s necessary to refresh myself on the book that started it all.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 22, 2019

Words/Time: 46 minutes minutes doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power.”

I’m still reading through the story, making broad changes. Today I got through about 36 pages out of 433, ending on page 385. Our heroes have now joined the final battle, and there are some changes that I made here before I started reading that I’m really enjoying as additions to the story.

I’m close to the end of this draft, at which point I’ll find out if my friend still wants to read it. I mean, I know he wants to, but the question will be whether he has time to read it soon or not. I am certain he will like it, for various reasons, but I’m also hoping that, as the very first person who will have read this story at all, he will have some valuable feedback.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 21, 2019

Words/Time: 1 hour, 12 minutes minutes doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power.”

I continued to read through the story, making broad changes. Today I got through about 54 pages out of 436, ending on page 349. That’s a better pace than yesterday, and I’m approaching the battle that leads to the climax. I’m happier than I thought I’d be with the book as it is. It still needs some overhauls, but I expected to come away from this read-through with a lot of notes of bigger things that need fixed, besides what I already know about.

I realized recently that I haven’t shared my goal tracker yet this month. I don’t want to only share it when I’m doing well, so here it is, showing how far behind I fell from my goal this month. I’m almost caught up, and again, if I don’t make a monthly goal, it’s okay. But it’s still nice to have something to shoot for.

goal tracker 18-1-21

I also realized too late today that another Monday has gone by, without a Monday Moment post. The first few weeks went by mostly because I’ve been sick in various ways, but this one just snuck up on me. I need to get a handle on this.