Daily Writing Check-in: May 31, 2019

Words/Time:  39 minutes working on goal #1 in my new short-list of writing goals.

1. Plan Book 3 of “Pursuit of Power” trilogy – Though I have always thought of this conclusion book as being something I’d hold off on working on until much later, the ideas for what should be in this book have just been flowing in the last several weeks. So I’m going to start with some broad planning, and either come up with an outline, or at least a solid list of plot points for now

2. Final revision of “Pithea” – All of my writing goals this year have been for one final goal: to know what, if any changes, future book drafts may force in “Pithea,” so I can get those things changed now, before attempting to publish this book again. I want to make sure it’s exactly what it needs to be, as book 1 in this series of books. I do have a list of things that I want to change–nothing huge–and goal #1 in this list could prompt more. So after that book has a semi-solid plan, I will do what will hopefully be a final revision to “Pithea”, at least regarding changes prompted by me, rather than by someone else like an editor, and look into publishing options.

I started on #1 today, which first entailed writing out broad strokes of ideas I have for this book. Then I decided that it was time for the mother of all character interviews. I’m bringing in all of the characters that will have the largest roles in this book to discuss where they left off in the previous book (“Protector”) and then where they’ll go from there.

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After a very light March and barely managing to win Camp NaNoWriMo in April with a goal of 30 minutes average per day, surpassing my goal of an average of 1 hour writing work per day in May was really nice. Here’s to an equally productive June!

Daily Writing Check-in: February 28, 2019

Words/Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes doing preliminary work for the outline of “Unexpectedly.”

Most of this time was spent continuing the character interview that I started yesterday, and the rest was spent reading through most of the original, unfinished version of “Unexpectedly.” This particular conversation has reached its conclusion, and I am ready to proceed with the outline.

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My writing-time goal in February was to average 30 minutes per day. I surpassed, even making up for several days here and there of not writing at all. I probably won’t set my daily goal higher for March, but with April comes Camp NaNoWriMo, so I may push myself more then. It’ll depend on what’s going on at work by then.


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.

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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.

Daily Writing Check-in: January 1, 2019

Words/Time: 42 minutes doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power.”

I completed 4 items in my list of things to revise again, which made me happy! Though I added yet another item to the bottom of the list. It seems like it’s never going to end, and this is just the early revision.

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I am starting a new goal tracker on the NaNoWriMo website for January. December went so well that I have decided to up my daily goal to an average of a half hour a day. I’m not sure this is necessary, because I also know that if I start to fall behind, I won’t push myself to catch back up. That goes against the nature of this daily writing challenge. And during December, I definitely didn’t have to push myself to reach the daily goal more than a very small amount. But I’m doing it anyway, just in case it helps.


Daily Writing Check-in: December 30, 2018

Words/Time: 1 hour, 2 minutes doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power.”

Most of that time was spent working on an item in my second list of things to revise, the same item as yesterday. While trying to add some glimpses into the personal life of my secondary main character, I had to make a small edit to my timeline. I realized that she thought of the main character as too young for something he wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure he was really young enough. I tried to change his age, but that didn’t really work out.

In dealing with this issue, I realized that the secondary main character is too young, considering that she was younger than some of the side characters in “Pithea” that she’s definitely meant to be older and more experienced than. So I aged her a bit.

Then I added in one of the scenes I wrote as writing practice a few years ago, which I think is great for the story. Tomorrow, I’ll add another scene (and probably play with the timeline a bit more).

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I doubled my goal of time spent working on writing this month!

Daily Writing Check-in: December 23, 2018

Words/Time: 25 minutes doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power.”

I started on the list of difficult things to revise today, but didn’t get very far (they’re labeled difficult for a reason). There are 8 total. The first two I realized I didn’t know if I needed to change at all, so I put question marks next to them and moved on. The third item I just noticed that I didn’t even see, so I’ll come back to that. The fourth item I completed, and the fifth is what I was working on when I stopped.

While I was trying to figure out what to do for the fifth item, I read something that brought me back to item 1, which is at the center of an uncertainty I’ve had about this story for quite some time. And then I had an “Aha!” moment and realized I knew how to solve this issue. I made a note to come back to it though, because it would take a bit more work, and went back to item 5.

This new idea will require even further examination of “Pithea,” but that’s okay, because my next overall writing goal is to read through that book and look for any changes made necessary by books I wrote later.

Today was definitely a “work 20 minutes just so I can say I did the minimum” kind of day. But it’s 2 days before Christmas, so that’s not a surprise. And even then, after I had reached 20 minutes, I kept going for a few minutes, because I was caught up in it. But now I have to go take care of things for tomorrow and Tuesday.

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I have surpassed my goal of 10 hours of writing work for this month!

Daily Writing Check-in: December 16, 2018

Words/Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes putting my 2018 NaNoNovel into Scrivener by the scene.

I made some serious progress today! I had to boil down the rest of the scenes in a sentence or so each, and then figure out where all of the “past” events best fit in as flashbacks in the “present” time. It was written all out of order. Sometimes it was obvious where the flashbacks belonged, but in a few places I had to jot down some new things that could happen or be discussed in the “present” time, to prompt a flashback.

I am pretty happy with the layout now, which is basically a new outline. I suspect I will make some further changes when I get into revision, but that’s going to be much later. Tomorrow, I will copy and paste the actual scenes into Scrivener in the order I came up with today, and then I will be moving on from this novel, letting it rest for a while.

After that, I’ll move on to goal #2 in my list of short-term writing goals.

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Definitely not slacking off this month!

Daily Writing Check-in: December 9, 2018

Words/Time: 32 minutes removing “NaNo fodder” from my 2018 NaNoNovel.

I have removed all the rest of the junk that I left in for word count. There are still many notes that I wrote myself that need addressed, but with those removed, the official first draft of this novel comes in at 81,000 words.

Next I am working on putting the scenes from this story into Scrivener so I can begin to organize it. I left the order pretty messy.

I’m still tracking my progress this month on the NaNoWriMo site, with a goal of about 20 minutes per day worked on writing. However, I’m not needing that extra push these days. I’m still pretty excited about this story, so it’s easy to make sure to work on it every day, even if only for a short time.

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Daily Writing Check-in: December 3, 2018

Words/Time: 29 minutes removing “NaNo fodder” from my 2018 NaNoNovel.

It’s not as quick as it sounds. I have to find the areas where I’d marked words for deletion during NaNoWriMo, then figure out what words exactly need deleted. I didn’t just strike through everything I didn’t want to keep, because it takes longer. I put an end bracket to mark a spot and moved on. So now I have to figure out where the bad words start so I can delete them. This is probably a confusing explanation, but the point is, it’s a lot of searching and then some reading.

I worked on the same thing yesterday, and removed 1000 words. Today I removed 356, and I’m only on pg. 37 out of 134. I did this as an early revision step to my NaNoNovel in 2014, and it seemed to go a lot faster. Then again, I didn’t track my time, but I still got it done in 3 days. Though I only removed 4000 words, and I’ve already removed more than a quarter of that in 2 days. At this rate, it will take me over a week to finish, unless I have time to fit more work in some days.

With NaNo behind me, I want to move forward with revising other works. I have left my writing sit (outside of November) for far too long now. Here are my short-term goals:

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

2. Make one obvious change to “Pithea” that is not actually a huge change for that book, but will affect future books a lot. Basically, a side character dies for no real reason, and I’ve realized that future books would be much better if he lived. So he’s going to not die, but because his death did allow a minor plot point to happen that still has to happen, I have to first brainstorm how to make that plot point happen anyway.

3. Revise “Pursuit of Power” just enough to be readable by a friend who is interested. I have hefty revisions planned for the structure of that book, but it will take a long time, and they won’t affect the overall story of this world, just what goes into that book. So before I dig into the major work that was part of my recent absence from writing, I want to just make it readable.

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. I think that before I can move on to revising the next book, I need to make sure I don’t need to make changes to the first one. Plus, I think it’ll help me get back into the swing of things if the book that starts it all is fresh in my mind. It’s been so dusty lately.

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Granted, it’s not as exciting as filling the chart in November, but I’m glad to have somewhere to chart my daily progress. My goal works out to an average of (approximately) 20 minutes per day during the month of December.


Daily Writing Check-in: October 13, 2017

Words/Time: 0

I don’t normally post if I didn’t do any writing work for the day, but I decided to today. It’s the first time I’ve done no writing work since I started posting again recently, and it wasn’t intentional. I forgot I had to work this evening, and didn’t find out until 2 hours before I had to leave. I didn’t get home until 11:30pm, and had to get supper and do a little follow-up for my job.

I will do extra tomorrow, not because I have to (I’m still about on par for my goal of averaging an hour a day for the rest of the month), but because I want to. And that is important to me right now–I am finally wanting to write, plan, dream every day again, which I haven’t felt for a year and a half.

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Today was day 7, but I didn’t get the screenshot until after midnight, so it shows day 8 too.

Truth be told, in a way I guess I do “need” to do extra tomorrow, since I’m still woefully unprepared for November. This novel feels so out of my reach…or more accurately, the main character feels out of my reach. There’s still so much to discover.

For anyone out there who is participating in NaNoWriMo, feel free to check out my series of tips and tricks for the month, and also to add me as a writing buddy! (Let me know you came from here, and I’ll add you back!)