Wrote 2,267 words. Finished chapter 6 and started chapter 7.
NaNoWriMo Target: 20,000
Words Written: 18,311
Wrote 310 words. Ended up being a lot busier than expected today.
NaNoWriMo Target: 21,667
Words Written: 19,334
Wrote 1,023 words. Finished chapter 7 and added a few scenes to a previous chapter. I planned on writing more, but had an absolutely terrible headache for most of the day and decided that sleep and recovery was more important.
NaNoWriMo Target: 23,333
Words Written: 20,008
Wrote 674 words. I hit 20k finally! I’m about to get to an exciting action-y sequence in my script, so hopefully that’ll give me a lot of words.
NaNoWriMo Target: 25,000
Words Written: 20,153
Wrote 145 words.
NaNoWriMo Target: 26,667
Words Written: 21,821
Wrote 1,668 words. Today was a fairly good writing day! I’m still three days behind, but I’m feeling much better about things.
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So the scene that gets my writing flowing again is…a main character having a one-sided argument with a door.
Wrote 1,335 words and finished chapter 8. I fully intended to write at least 2k, but was way too tired and had to go to bed because I couldn’t concentrate on anything.
This wasn’t a particularly good week. I only wrote 7,422 words when I should have written 13,333, so I’m more than 5k behind at the moment. I plan on using the weekend to get back on track. Hopefully, that’s what will happen. If it doesn’t, the NaNoWriMo website’s “Words to write per day to finish on time” feature is telling me I only have to write 2k per day, which isn’t that bad.
Wrote 4,881 words and finished chapter 3. It’s not quite 5k, but it’s close enough. Made a $10 donation and now I’ve got a spiffy halo on my avatar.
NaNoWriMo Target: 8,333
Words Written: 10,504
Wrote 501 words. Taking a bit of a break today to get some outlining and plotting done, since I wrote so much yesterday. I also decided on what direction chapter 4’s going to go in. There are some new characters and plot points to introduce, and this is a good enough point as any other.
NaNoWriMo Target: 10,000
Words Written: 10,790
Wrote 286 words. Totally wanted to get to 11,667, but things came up.
NaNoWriMo Target: 11,667
Words Written: 11,672
Wrote 882 words. Very close to being done with chapter 4, but I feel like I’m hitting the week two blues a bit early.
NaNoWriMo Target: 13,333
Words Written: 12,701
Wrote 1,029 words. I did finish chapter 4, and now that I’m back to my main characters, I’m feeling a bit better about things.
NaNoWriMo Target: 15,000
Words Written: 14,045
Wrote 1,344 words. I’m getting caught up, slowly.
NaNoWriMo Target: 16,667
Words Written: 15,734
Wrote 1,689. Finished chapter 5.
I’m a little under 1k behind, which isn’t too bad. A couple of 2k days will get me caught up. Plotwise, I’m right on track. It actually feels like I’m behind since I only have 5 chapters and 15.k words, and I usually have 2k words to a chapter. But I’ve never written a script for NaNo, either – just prose novels – so that may be part of the weirdness.
I’m off to a pretty great start! However, I already have a bunch of characters that I’ll probably need to name later.
NaNoWriMo Target: 3,333
Word Count: 3,407
Wrote 1,704 words. I’m finally getting into the interesting bits of chapter 1.
NaNoWriMo Target: 5,000
Word Count: 5,122
Wrote 1,715 words. I’m finally finished with chapter 1! And I finally created names for the major characters I’d been using placeholders for previously.
I fully intended to have a detailed outline before I started writing. That didn’t happen. However, it hasn’t been a setback at all! I have enough random notes written down and enough plotted out in my head that writing has been going very well.
First, an update on my NaNoWriMo project planning. I have a cover! I have a (WIP) title! I have a very rough outline, mostly in my head, but it’s an outline nonetheless! I’m very ready to start writing…tomorrow, when I get home from work. I don’t want to stay up to midnight, mostly because I have to get up at 6:00 and I don’t want to be tired all day.
One thing I’m doing this year (that I also did last year) is making a cloud backup every single day. At the end of each day, I’m uploading my manuscript to Google Drive as a separate file – so I’ll have manuscript_day1.doc, manuscript_day2.doc, manuscript_day3.doc – so on and so forth. That way, I’ll be able to check what I wrote each day, and I (probably) won’t have problems overriding files and losing work.
And now about the post schedule: every Saturday, I’m going to make a post summing up the previous week’s writing. I did the same thing in 2016, 2015, and 2012, and I’m going to be following 2016’s format.
The first week of October has passed, and I’ve already thrown myself into prepping for NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t even sure I was going to do NaNoWriMo, and then when I made that decision, it was for a completely different idea – I was going to rewrite 2015’s novel, Samael.
But I started to doubt that immediately, since I was having serious troubles ironing out the plot and making things make sense. It needed more thought than I’d be able to come up with in time to start writing. And I’m not particularly good at pantsing when I don’t know the ending of my story.
Seriously, if I try to write something where I don’t know the ending, it does not end well. I need to know the beginning and the end, or else I probably won’t be able to finish the novel at all.
So now I’m working on plotting out a story I originally came up with in mid-2014. It’s a lot more straightforward than Samael, and what’s most important, I think, is that I’m having fun just plotting it. Actual fun! I’m enjoying what I do!
I don’t have a title or a cover yet, but I do have a synopsis up on the NaNo website.
One other thing I’m doing this month for NaNo prep is Inktober, which I’m using as part of NaNo prep to draw my characters. I’m posting them on my art blog, but I’ll probably make a compilation post here at the end of the month as well.
My next blog post is going to go up at the end of the month and will detail my November posting schedule. Until then!
Hello! How long as it been since my last blog post?
Four months? Oh geez. I totally didn’t intend for that to happen.
I’ve been quite busy these past few months, mostly with scripting and drawing The Gate at the End of the World. I’m a little past halfway through writing the script, and I just finished drawing the 50th page yesterday.
Fifty pages! I drew 40 of those this year, and my original goal was to draw 50 during 2017. Drawing those last 10 pages to reach my goal will only take me until the end of October. Anything after that will be surpassing my original goal.
This is especially awesome since I thought I’d get sick of drawing comics and quit just a few months in. I’ve had a hard time committing to and finishing stories for the past few years.
My hands and arms were constantly in pain, and I didn’t want to develop tendinitis or worsen my existing carpal tunnel
My buffer ran out
This means it’ll take twice as long to finish drawing the comic, but I’m feeling much better, mentally and physically. Perhaps when I’m in a better situation I can go back to two pages per week, but I don’t see that happening for a while.
So that’s where I am with what I’m currently working on. What about everyone else? How are your projects going?
I decided like a week ago that I was going to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I seriously didn’t even know it was coming up, but then I got an email or something and thought, “That could be a good idea!”
So I decided to continue working on the script of The Gate at the End of the World, in the hopes that I might finish it. That seemed like a good idea at the time. But now I’m working three days a week and taking a class on the other two, so now I have a lot less time than I thought I would.
So, I’m going to attempt Camp NaNoWriMo, even though it’s the last thing on my priority list. Even if I don’t reach my goal (20,000 words), I ought to get a good amount of the script completed.
Is anyone else doing Camp NaNo? If so, what’s your project?