Words/Time: 35 minutes doing preliminary work for the new outline of “Protector”.
Today was the first time this month that I thought about not doing any work. I have to get up early tomorrow for an all-day road trip for work. But I remembered that all I had to do to get some writing work in was read, and that I might not have time at all to work on it tomorrow, so I went ahead and got my planned daily minimum, plus apparently 5 extra minutes.
Words/Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes, half again spent working on the outline for “Outcast” and half spent beginning a work on a series of posts for my Facebook author page.
Working on the outline brought up a question about whether or not Drear, the narrator of all of the Pithea books, would be around in this story at all or not. In the original version, he wasn’t really involved, but wasn’t far away either. But I thought I remembered writing in the first draft of “Vin” that Drear had been gone for several months, visiting his parents’ home country. I checked out my timeline to see how far apart “Outcast” and “Vin” are, and then made the mistake of bringing up the first draft of “Vin” to see what exactly I said about Drear in that story.
Granted, nothing is set in stone, so I can decide right now what I want to do with him, but I wanted to see what I’d thought before. Then I kept reading…because I really like that story. Even if it does need re-written because most of it is just the characters retelling events from the other stories.
I want to get this Facebook post series that I have planned going soon, so tomorrow may be mostly spent doing that. I’ll admit part of me feels strange for counting this as writing work, but I’m doing character studies for it, so that helps. Plus, this is my daily challenge, so it counts if I say it counts!
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.
Words/Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes reading through “Pithea” for any changes that later-written stories may force in the book that started it all.
I got through 96 pages, getting me to page 160 out of 510. I haven’t come across any major changes that need made yet, but I suspect that will happen more in the second half of the book. I am currently knee-deep in part 2 out of 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Words/Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes doing some early revision of “Pursuit of Power.” Most of that was done early this morning, before I went to bed. The beauty of the challenge I’m doing is that I don’t have to make up for lost days this month, but that doesn’t mean that sometimes I don’t just really want to spend a lot of time on it.
I continued to read through more of the story, making broad changes. Today I got through about 82 pages of 436, ending on page 295. That’s definitely a lot of pages, but for almost 2 hours work, not quite the pace I would hope for. Still, I’m almost 3/4 of the way through, which is great! After I’m done reading, unless I have any notes to address (and I don’t so far), I’ll be done with this goal.