Day 5: The Late Push

Today was a relaxing day. I spent the majority of it… I don’t even know, now that I think of it. I spent a lot of time adding albums to my iTunes and reading. But it seems strange that so many hours were spent doing that. It’s a proper relaxing day when you zone out like that!

Still, even though I had no intention to write today (the shame of laziness!), I ended up adding 2,031 words to my novel’s first draft. Pretty sweet! I also pushed through the troublesome part of Chapter Three that was frustrating me and got the plot back on track. It wasn’t really a problem, just I couldn’t figure out how to phrase the part. Once I got by that I was laughing and racing away.

So, at the end of Friday in the first week of writing, my novel is sitting at 8,070 words. Considering I missed a day and yesterday was pretty much missed, that’s not too shabby at all. It’s amazing how one good day (nearly 4,000 on the first day) can carry a week!

I’ll be heading out of county tomorrow for the rest of the weekend, so I don’t anticipate to raise the tally for the week. I’ll have my laptop with me in case I can’t sleep, though. I’m reasonably happy with this week’s result. I would have loved 14,000 words but 10% of a first draft in the first week is pretty good too. I’ve earned this fun weekend!

I’ve also acquired work for next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which will dramatically reduce my writing time next week. And I’ll be with my girlfriend Monday and Tuesday too, which will nullify those days. So I don’t expect much next week… I’ll just do what I can and enjoy what I do.

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Day 4: Rest Without Rest

Today I had football training again. I had it last week, and before that it had been over a year and a half since I exercise. So I’m quite shattered today!

As a result, my brain is completely fried. I’ve tried a spot of writing and decided to leave it until tomorrow. So for the rest of the night I’m resting, with legs and all other limbs hanging, as well as a hanging head.

In saying that, I’ve added a whopping 157 words today. Technically, I still did writing.

There’s a chance I won’t actually get to do any writing until next Wednesday, as I’m going out of county to my girlfriend’s house for the weekend and then she’s coming here for a few days after. But we’ll see. If I get nothing, no problem. If I get something done, great accomplishment!

Into the mysterious future I go…

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!