Writing Update: Week 1

  • Stories Completed: 1/5
  • Words Written (Book): 0/200,000
  • Words Written (Short Story): 0/10,000
  • Words Written (Flash): 725/750
  • Words Written (Script): 0/30,000

So yeah, writing has not been very good to me either this week. College has been taking a toll on many things, and I just feel really overwhelmed. But I did write a flash story I was happy with, though the people at workshop didn’t understand stuff due to clarity issues in the piece. While I hate when that happens, since most of the time if it was cleared up the rest of the story would make sense, I am happy to get such critiques. Because I can’t be there for the reader to clear up any questions so the story makes sense, the story must make sense without my comments. So I feel a little annoyed, but a positive annoyed, because I know I can and will do better.

I’ve also been reading over the few thousand words of my revision for my book, and I think I may just start over. I only got 2500 words in before I stopped for a while, and I think that there is an important reason why. I really need to get my timeline fixed and set up well so things make sense, and right now I feel a little unclear.

So yeah, not much progress as far as word count, but I think understanding of my work and worldbuilding has been mildly productive.

Writing Goals: A Late New Year’s Resolution Part II

So this year I’ve been swamped with school, and so my writing has suffered for it. Though I have found inspiration in short stories. As I said, I’m wanting to write and publish 5 short stories before I send a draft of my book in. Last semester and this I have been developing two. I’m also considering flash fictions as well, as getting them published will add to the 5 story quota. Of course, if I get one story published and I finish my book, I may decide to send it in. Why not? Anyway, I’ll say that my goals for this year are this:

  1. Write 5 short stories and send in for publication
  2. Write 5 flash fictions and send in for publication
  3. Write full revision for my book (Approx. 200,000 words)

I’ll be updating every week about my status on writing. The first post update will be on Sunday. I’m going to assume the revision will be 200,000 words, and so as I will be writing 1000 words a day, I’ll write at the top of my updates as such:

  • 1/5 stories completed
  • 1000/200,000

Now, if the book ends shorter than 200,000 words, that’s fine and dandy (publishers are more comfortable publishing smaller books from newer authors anyway).

Also, since this has been talking about my book, I’ll also say that structurally, I’ve decided the series will be 12 books long, consisting of 4 major arcs, and each arc being 3 books long. This is the way the series has been going, and it has grown so much bigger than I ever imagined. I went from 3 books, to 5, to 6, to 7, to 10, and now to 12. And I’m much more comfortable at twelve because with how the story is going, and how big it all is, that is how I think it is best to tell it.

So yeah, twelve book series coming sometime.

Book Update: First Draft Done!!…And other updates

*Blows dust off old blog.

Did you think I’d forgotten you, readers? Perhaps I had, but anyway I’ve returned to revive this old blog and tell y’all that I’ve finished the first draft of my book! Technically, I finished it last summer, but I’ve been so busy I’ve just been putting off making an update on how everything turned out. So enjoy my copypaste of a Facebook post I made when I finished the draft.

*Facebook Post: July 20, 2016

THE BOOK IS DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!*
48 chapters
195,112 words
273 pages (~550 book pages)
1 year and 2 months of writing 1st rough draft
7 1/2 years of planning, worldbuilding, drafting and throwing out really bad drafts, rewriting, reworldbuilding, replanning, reducing, reusing, recycling, all that jazz.

All completed!! I finally did it! I have finally written my book and finished it!! I’m unbelievably excited about this! Though if you will notice the asterisk beside the exclamation points, you will notice something. I’ve finished writing the first draft, and now comes the hard part of editing. Then it will be all the businessy stuff with agents and publishers and bookstores and what not. (2017/18 release maybe?)

Idk, but I don’t wanna worry about that just yet. I have to actually well and truly finish the book before it is well and truly done and published and out there. However, this is still a huge accomplishment for me. Something I have been working on since I was 13 and riding on a bus to a winter drumline competition. Part of me never thought I would get to this point, but I am so happy that I finally have a finished draft. A beginning, and an ending, and a middle with so much stuff mixed in I sometimes get lost in all the threads I made. But at the very least, it is done, and I will keep working to polish it up and make it publish-worthy. No clue when that will be, but if I have the first part done, I don’t see why I can’t do the rest! Here’s to Phase 2 and beyond!

*And to now

So yeah look at good ole optimistic me. I would love to say I’ve been writing the revision super hard, but honestly I haven’t. Not that I’ve given up, but my writing professor really said something that spoke to me. Houses before mansions. Basically the concept that working on smaller pieces of fiction will help you in maker larger works. So for the class we were writing short stories, and I put my book off to focus on them. That way I would make something that has a definite beginning and ending. In doing this, I’ve been able to pinpoint problems in my book.

So last semester and for this time this semester I’ve been taking a break from my book and working on short stories. I’m going to write five by the end of the summer and turn them in to publishers so that I will have a portfolio to give an book agent. I have two short stories close to finished, and am thinking about three more. I’m planning on finishing my revision by the end of the year, and then during the first few months of 2018 I’ll be editing, and by May I plan on sending the draft to agents and getting into the business of writing.

Starting tomorrow, I will be writing 1000 words a day again on the new revision. I’m excited to see where things go throughout this year.

Also, while this blog started out for mostly writing, I will be posting more about aspects of my life. Since writing is my passion it will be a focus, but I’ll be talking about more than just writing from now on.

Book Update: 100,000 Words Reached!!

I did it! I hit my goal word count for the end of the year!!! I’m so happy that I achieved it! I know I didn’t make a 90,000 words reached post, and that was mostly because of finals week and I just really did not have the energy to make one. But this break has been making me so tired that somedays I’ve had trouble getting out the 1000 words of the day. However, it has also been a time of rejuvenation in the story. One day though I wrote 3500 words to catch up which I believe was Monday. I’m very excited to see what the new year has in store for me and my writing, as I should be able to finish the first draft by then and have a pretty good revision done.

Speaking of word counts, after reached my goal, I decided to do some math to make a guestimation at where my word count would be since I haven’t since I reached 40,000. Now that I have, my word count guestimate has gone up to 210,000, 30,000 more words than the original 180,000 previously calculated. I know that it will definitely flutuate between chapters and their individual word counts as I’ve gone from and average chapter word count of 3500 to 5000 to 45000 in just a few chapters, so I can’t really know where I’ll end up. However this does mean my rough draft finish date will probably change since the change in overall word count has changed so drastically. Right now I’m aiming to finish it on April 20, 2016.

This date doesn’t mean much more than just a accomplishment date as I still have to go through revision, editing, finding an agent, finding a publisher, being accepted by a publisher, more editing, publishing, selling, distribution, and all that fun stuff (which honestly makes me believe with a strong certainty the book won’t be out until 2017 if I’m thinking optimistically). However, I’m just taking this one step at a time so I don’t overwhelm myself all at once. The accomplishment date does make me very excited though!

But overall I cannot express in words how happy I am to have reached this goal. It means so much to me personally that I got here when I did, and didn’t fail. It has certainly boosted my confidence and my willingness to commit a certain amount of time to writing and thinking like an author and not just a writer. I’ve split the book up and cut some stuff already that has lead to a much better paced and (hopefully) exciting read. I’m very happy with you guy’s support through this year and positive words, and I’m hoping that when this is finally out there, it won’t disappoint your expectations. I’m certainly excited to see where the series goes. And with this split in the book now I’m expecting 7 to 8 books at least now, so that’s exciting as well!

Book Update: 80,000 Words Reached!!

I’ve finally caught up with my set pace after a few weeks of being behind. Today and yesterday I have written over 4000 words, which finally boosted me to my goal date of 80,000 words today. Now I am back on track to comfortably write 1000 words a day like usual. I may still try to go over 1000 in case I do have an off day or I just can’t find the time to write. But now I have myself on track to reach 100,000 words by the end of the year again with a comfortable pace and it makes me very happy. So I’m hoping to reach or even excell that number by the time 2016 roles around.

Book Update: 70,000 Words Reached!

So I’ve been continuing the arduous trek of 1500 words a day to catch up with the days I’ve missed, though to be honest I breaked hard on Thanksgiving Break. I only managed about 300 words the entire break, and I had meant it to be a time for me to really get going. However the allure of food and sleep was too much and I forgot about writing, also I caught a bit of a cold near the end which I’m still getting over and didn’t help in matters of writing.

However, I am still on track to get 100,000 words written by the end of the year. If I can keep up the 1500 words a day for three more days (my word count now is actually 70,585, but said 70,000 for simplicity’s sake), then I should be able to go back to a more comfortable 1000 words a day. I may however keep the minumun of 1500 up for a little while longer in case I do take a break or I just really can’t think of anything, so that I will have a bit of a cushion in time to reach my year end goal.

I’m very excited about this and not to brag too much but I’m proud that I was able to press out 2000 words today in a little over an hour. And that wasn’t even a forced 2000, it just happened, and I’m happy with the end result. Good character moments that made it longer, though when I’m editing I’m sure I’ll have to cut some stuff out. For now, I will indulge in the lengthy descriptions and little words that I put in so that when I do have to make cuts it will be a little easier…hopefully.

Book Update: 60,000 Words Reached!

*Note: This is an update for today, so this is exactly how I am feeling right now. Later updates will be on the date I achieve the next milestone like this one.

60,000 words reached!
Had a few off days recently, not writing anything or barely anything, so I’m going to extend my word count for each day to around 1300-1500 words per day for a while to get back on track, then back to the regular comfortable 1000. That way I’ll be able to reach my year end goal of 100,000 words.

Also, I am still hoping to get a first draft done by March 12th, 2016 like I said in my last post.