Day 3: Success Today, Success Overall!

After taking yesterday off to spend with friends, I had the troublesome task that I face with any new project when a break occurs: Getting going again.

So I was delighted when I got my goal with relative ease. It was a long enough slog, adding to it in 500-700 word installments, but I’ve reached it. I also spent several hours, having declared it an easy day, not writing. I always jinx myself like that.

But, at the writing of this post, I’m on 2,086 words for the day. Chapter Three us underway and it’s one I didn’t anticipate writing. Likewise, Chapter Two was more detailed and interesting than I expected, doubling in length. This one will most certainly be a short chapter and then Chapter Four is launching the story 28 years into the future, when the murdering and fun really begins. Ariba!

As is always the case, I might end up adding to the word tally for today, depending why my tiredness sets in. I haven’t offset the missed day yesterday but it’s still very close to being that way. If I want to hit my 14,000 loose goal for the week I need another 8,000 words. I’ll be away for the weekend, so I’ve only got tomorrow and Friday to do that. If I manage it… Damn, that’ll feel good.

I’m feeling good about this story and loving where it’s going, so here’s hoping the good feelings keep flying!


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Day 2: God Bless Good Days!

I spent all of yesterday in a friend’s house, catching up with college friends who I haven’t seen in three months and some who I haven’t seen in even longer. Needless to say, it was great fun!

I ended up staying over and as a result, I had no chance to do any writing. Shoots my sails, right? Stops the momentum, correct? Usually, yes. Luckily, it didn’t.

My first day was already successful when I posted about it, but then it went on to be even better. It was one of those glorious writing moments when I was determined and pumped with adrenaline to finish the chapter, which ended up being 3,736 words long. So not only did I add over a thousand words to that day’s total, I almost nullified the next day.

With my loose goal of 2,000 words a day, I can allow the hangover to count for the next day. So in this way, I’m only 264 words behind. Huzzah!

On top of that, the long bus ride home let me pump myself up and contemplate the next part of the novel, which has made it very clear and now I can’t wait to write it. It’ll be a short enough chapter, so won’t hit my day’s goal, but chapter three will be equally enjoyable to do. The first two chapters are laying up the story with the initial murder and, in a sense, the third chapter is like a chapter one. I love writing a first chapter, so it should be easy as pie!

New Novel (Again): Day 1

I couldn’t sleep last night and in a bout of sleepless energy, my mind went rambling. Long story short, badda bing badda boom, I came up with a creepy idea for a new novel. I’m not sure if it’d be classified as a horror or suspense/thriller, but it makes me excited.

I eventually fell asleep and woke up with the usual “That was a stupid, late night brainwave. I won’t bother with it.” Alas, I refused to accept that. After a few hours contemplating the awkward start, I opened Microsoft Word and got to it.

It was slow and it was steady, with the TV in the background. At times I’d do nothing for half an hour and at times I’d write for half an hour straight. It’s now nearly 11.30pm and I’m calling it a day. Instead of writing on pages, I’ve gone back to my usual word count goals. I surprised myself with 2,563 words. Very good for a first day.

Depending on how long it takes me to fall asleep, I might go back to add more to it or I might leave it until tomorrow. The first chapter still has a bit more to it and I know where it’s going, so there’s a good chance I’ll go back to finish it.

I’m not setting daily goals but I still intend to update the blog with any progress. I’m going for a loose goal of 2,000 words a day (or 14,000 words a week) and as long as I get near that it’s definitely a success. As I’ll be out of my house for most of tomorrow, getting a decent bit above 2,000 today is a definite bonus. I’ll also most likely be gone for the weekend, so it’s very handy.

Anyhoo, I’m enjoying this way more than my literary fiction attempt. I really do love writing suspense scenes. Let’s see where this takes me!

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Day 5: Every Little Helps

I had a very slow day today because for the majority of it my internet wouldn’t work. I know, I know, it should be easier to write without the internet to distract me, but it never actually distracts me. If anything, it’s integral to my writing speed.

I always dwell on words and second guess myself about whether or not I’m picking the right word or using it in the right way. And so, googling “<insert word here> definition” is my most frequent activity on my laptop. It only takes a few seconds to do and saves me from asking someone else or spending five minutes trying to figure it out.

On top of that, I just like using the internet quite a bit, so not having it annoys me.

Still, despite spending a lot of the day fixing that, I managed to churn out a page. Not a massive amount by any stretch of the imagination, but still some writing. I’m still trying to build my writing confidence back up and I’m also trying to experiment a little, so I’m not too disappointed with this. Sure, I miss the days of hitting 2,000 a day several days in a row, but that’ll come back in due time. I just need the right story that hooks me.

Which makes me question the story I’m doing at the minute. It’s slow going and while I’m enjoying the difference, I find myself questioning every step. It’s hard to tell if this is because it’s a new genre/direction for me or if it’s because I just dislike the story. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that it’s a lot more productive to write through these problems than to sit and ponder. Ultimately, all writing is beneficial, so there’s no harm in chugging through a story that might end up discarding.

It’s also interesting to measure my “goal by page number” method versus “goal by word count”. As I thought it might, focusing on the page number didn’t actual make me edit my work that much more than I usually do. I’m going over the previous day’s writing before I start, which is pretty nice and helps get in the mood, but that’s about all I do to it. I really do enjoy just getting the story down and fixing it at the end. This may lead to big plot holes but, hey, that’s what editing is for!

I foresee a possible return to word count goals once I get a bit of confidence in a story.