wordcount since last update: 4,148. that doesn’t seem very impressive since it’s been two weeks, but i’ve been dealing with the habits of my anxiety disorder, if not the physical response itself. so when i took a day off, i felt guilt about beginning again. but i’m posting this now to show that i have made some progress, and that i’m working through this! slowly, but surely.
my daily word count has gone up a little to make up for the days i’ve missed, but it’s still a really manageable amount! so here’s to getting back into the swing of things!
Ah I have been genuinely terrible at keeping my schedule lately! But today, I got in some writing (a little over an hour), wrote myself into another corner, and I’ve been spending time working on working out the plot details further. I ran into some issues of timeframe, and realized I had to find class schedules, degree requirements, and academic calendars for the kids who are in school, so I’m putting together degree requirements for Romy and Tamer, finding the undeclared major program for Milo, and have to pick a good program for Trinity and go from there. I’ve narrowed it down to Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy with a concentration in Pre-Law. Asking a buddy to help pick, since Trinity is…technically her character, yes.
I have to act quickly, to make sure I can still use my login information at my university to get in and look at what each of the classes in the requirements are!
today’s final wordcount: 3,698. you get two screenshots because the first is my wordcount from yesterday! my scheduling got a little turned around, so i took off wednesday and tried to write thursday, but i ended up struggling, and only worked for about half an hour. i made up the hour and a half left today, plus an hour of the two hours of today’s time. i might carry the leftover hour to tomorrow, i might not. we’ll see.
either way, we’re slowly crawling along the progress bar! i’m planning on using the leftover hour from today to plan some stuff that’s coming up more quickly than i expected, so at least it won’t go to waste!
I might be going to a conference in the Philadelphia area on October 12 called Push to Publish, where there will be a speed-dating service with a number of literary agents and editors. I’ll have to look more deeply into exactly what each genre categorization means (whether I really fit into YA, or in that emerging stepping stone between YA and Adult [New Adult?]) to really nail down some information and a synopsis.
And in looking around at the different people who will be there, I also found that on November 13, a local library will be hosting an event for NaNoWriMo, which would make sense to attend! It’s about a ten minute drive over there, so nothing to lose. I’ll see where I am with this novel by then; if I’m lucky, I might even have banged out the first draft of this, so I might have a chance to begin drafting a second by November (she says, with stars in her eyes).
I went through the trashed files in Scrivener from the first version of this thing, and it turns out I’d written 15,894 words in all. So technically I am not as far along in this version as I was in the first, going by word counts alone, but.
I think the overall progress I’ve made with this, in terms of setting up goals, taking a more active and serious role, researching and learning more, and pushing myself to make this real is more than I did for the awkward, forced, terrible version. I still have lots of work to do, though. I think soon, I’ll hunt down a character questionnaire and work on finishing the bios I have put up for Team Seven, plus anything else I might think is necessary.
You can find the bios in the “tags” link in my sidebar; each character name links to their bio. (none of them are finished yet, but they have pretty graphics, which are worth looking at, i think!)
today’s final wordcount: 2,631. i did a lot of deleting today. i didn’t edit anything i’d written so far, but i got snagged on one section that kept coming out awkwardly, but i think i got it down!
i’m still using OmmWriter Dana II for the writing portion, and compiling in Scrivener. i think i’ll stick to this method for a while; i’ve also been using my phone’s timer to make sure i get two full hours of actually writing. if i need to take a break to check tumblr or my email or get a snack, i pause the timer so i don’t have any excuse to pad the time. so i’m a little disappointed i didn’t match my count for yesterday, but 2600 isn’t anything to sneeze at either.
at this point, i think i have the first three chapters finished. once i get closer to editing, i’ll add in some transitional sections that might be missing at this point, but i feel comfortable marking them as “first draft” in scrivener.
I was listening to the I Should Be Writing podcast I found on iTunes last night (also found here, at Mur Lafferty’s website) while I was at the gym, and hearing about all the authors selling their books at cons and online and through podcasts really reminded me that I should probably come up with a solid synopsis. So! Look out for that in the next few days, hopefully.
I’ll put a link to it in the sidebar when it’s finished.
Also, hello new followers! My ask box is always open for chatting or questions about the book and stuff like that. uwu
today’s final word count: 3,500. the session targets are gonna be wonky i think because i’m doing my actual writing in OmmWriter for now (the background music and the sound of the keys are soothing, which helps me write without worrying too much about the outcome or quality so much) and importing each scene/chapter into Scrivener for organization and editing
so the big thing to focus on for now will be the manuscript target, and the “days left” count!
Today I set up the project targets for this novel; I picked that wordcount because it gives me a little wiggle room in either direction if I fall short or go over, assuming a general word count of 55,000-90,000 for the young adult genre. (I may have to look into some other options in case this does not actually fall into ya like I assume it does)
I set up my writing days for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and I plan to write about two hours on each day, but Scrivener calculated that I need less than 1,000 words a day on each of those days to meet my mark by the end of the year. I wanted the deadline to be not so far off that this continued to just be a dreamy fantasy, but also not so pressing that I got spooked at the prospects and hid from the workload—especially since I will have to focus on finding a job beginning in October.
That 3,475 count is from the opening scene/chapter, which I…think is finished for now, if only because I can’t find a way to end it without it being completely awkward. So I’m already on my way! Good job, me.
now that i have that post out of my drafts, i think i’m out of excuses to keep from writing!
i’ve seen a lot of posts in the first novel tag, or from people i follow on my dash that talk about their own writing experiences, so i have to just swallow my fear and get started. so i’m shutting off my wi-fi and opening up scrivener; i won’t even transfer my notes yet, because that will just be another attempt at procrastinating, so i’ll just have my notebook sitting next to me.
wish me luck!