Daily Writing Check-in: May 5, 2019

Words/Time:  54 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Vin” as well as some free writing with a prompt.

Over half of this time was spent finishing reading through the first draft. I then used a prompt for some free writing for 10-15 minutes, which will be tomorrow’s Monday Moment.

And for the last few minutes, I got Scrivener set up to start putting broad scenes into it, to start outlining the first draft of “Vin,” so I can see what I’m starting with at a glance, figure out what needs cut and what can be kept, and decide where to go from there. I’ll work on that tomorrow, because I’m pretty beat right now.

Daily Writing Check-in: April 28, 2019

Words/Time:  28 minutes of freewriting

I knew it would be difficult to find time to write this weekend. Yesterday, I managed to carve out some time in the afternoon, which was good, because I didn’t get home from a concert until around midnight.

Today, after being up super early and getting home only a couple of hours before my family we going to see Avengers: Endgame, by the time we got home from that, I was so tired, I could barely keep my eyes open. Still, I knew I had 150 minutes of writing work left to finish Camp NaNoWriMo before the end of the month, so I decided anything I could get done was better than nothing.

It seemed like a good time for freewriting, rather than trying to focus on the outline I’ve been working on, so I went back to an old word list I wrote down in my failed attempt at a bullet journal 1 1/2 years ago. I picked a word from the list and wrote 356 words. And even better, it’s not too vague, confusing, or spoiler-y to be used as a Monday Moment, an attempt at a weekly feature on my blog that has been incredibly sporadic over the last 5 months. But come Monday, there will be a Monday Moment!

Daily Writing Check-in: March 1, 2019

Words/Time: 396 words of free writing.

I didn’t get to my writing time until 11:30, so I knew I wasn’t going to have an easy time getting into anything substantial. I figured this was a good time to do some free writing and try to come up with something for the next Monday Moment. I knew a prompt of some kind would help a lot in getting started quickly, so I went to a blog that I know has prompts every Friday. I looked through several of the Friday posts, looking for a prompt that sparked a quick idea, and weirdly ended up back at the prompt posted today.

Daily Writing Check-in: February 17, 2019

Words/Time: 31 minutes working on the outline for “Outcast.”

I did make some progress on the outline. I also stopped for a while to figure out how the middle of the 2nd storyline should progress, because I’m not in love with how it went in the original version. I also came up with a big question that needed address that, quite frankly, was a potential plot hole in the original version, but I didn’t really pay attention to it, and no one who read it ever asked either. I think I have it solved, but I’m not sure if it will be explained in the story or not, because it’s information the narrator most likely will never have. But if I know it works, then at least I know there’s not a gaping plot hole.

I didn’t post the last 2 days, because I worked 12 hours both days, not getting home until midnight or later. I’m very sleepy right now too, so I’m glad I got in what I did. Hopefully I can drum up something for tomorrow’s Monday Moment post, so I don’t just skip another one.

Daily Writing Check-in: February 9, 2019

Words/Time: 30 minutes contemplating the outline for “Outcast,” and then abandoning it to free write, and finally come up with my first Monday Moment for this month.

I’ve been thinking about what to do next in the outline off and on since yesterday, but I think the next thing I need to do is write down what needs to happen during the next few days of the story, which will mostly be character development, so I can make sure it happens at a decent pace, so it doesn’t get too slow. I didn’t have the energy for that tonight. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be more rested.

The Pithea Books, an introduction

Throughout the almost 5 years that I have had this blog, I have discussed what I am writing in various ways. Sometimes I lightly touch on what happened in the section of the story I revised or wrote that day, with no context whatsoever. Sometimes I give a full synopsis to a story I’m about to draft (almost always for NaNoWriMo). Now and then I share some of my writing, especially in the Monday Moment segment, that I seem to have abandoned, but hope to have time for again soon. And many times I have mentioned that I have plans for a series of several books that are all intertwined, even if not all having the same main characters.

In October of 2017, I got it in my mind that I should write up a post that lists all of the books I have written or planned, so that I can a) get them out there in a more official capacity and b) have something to refer back to when discussing the complicated nature of my planned series. At the time, there were 6 written or planned, and a 7th has snuck in there since then.

This is not that post. That post is going to be long enough as it is, and I don’t want a lengthy introduction to it. When I link back to it, I’d rather it just be a stand-alone list. But I am posting that at the same time as this, so here is the link to that post.


Daily Writing Check-in: January 7, 2019

Words/Time: 32 minutes doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power.”

I completed 1 item in my list of things to revise, which was the last one I needed to do before I start to read through the entire story, making broad changes and taking notes for other issues that need addressed. I’m going to try to stick to mostly reading and making notes  to change things later, because the more I stop to fix things along the way, the more disjointed the read-through will be.

I took the last 3 days as a break from writing, at first because I was sick, and then just because it was nice to relax a bit after the busyness of the holidays. I also realized late in the day that it was Monday, and decided it would be better to skip this week’s Monday Moment post. I certainly hope this lowered desire to do writing work isn’t indicative of a break coming already, but I will endeavor to push on.