Last's week goal -- to reach the 10,000-word mark in my novel.
I achieved this goal, reaching almost 11,000 hard words, about 13,000 MS words.
This week's goal?
I'm going to change from word count to page count -- just to see how it works. I'm on page 52 of my novel. I think if I work hard, I could write 48 pages and reach page 100 by the end of next week. That's about 7 pages a day. I average from 5-6 pages a day right now, so I figure if I can squeeze in an extra 45 minutes of writing time at night I can hit the 7-page mark.
I didn't set any goals other than to simply write something. Perhaps I should set more specific goals but after 10 years I'm just glad to be writing again.
I did finish my first chapter with my new main character. It's only in the "event draft" stage as I call it where I concentrate on getting the chain of events written (i.e. Character A goes to Town C and does X then goes over there and does that). The only fine tuning I have done is with the "first 13" or so because I wanted to at least have the hook somewhat established before moving too far.
Another reason I'm not setting specific goals is because I am "writing by Muse." I do not have these new first chapters outlined at all. Once I get to the point in the storyline where my old main character's story takes place I will have an outline to work by, which I hope will allow me move a little faster. Unfortunately, the main story plot still changes a bit so it may not be as fast as I would like once I get there.
So, currently I have finished an "event draft" of Chapter One completed (at 2,300 words) and have the first scene (my first fight scene) written for Chapter Two. If I were to set a goal it would be to finish Chapter Two. However, as I said, I only have a sketchy idea of the events that need to take place in that chapter. We'll see how it goes.
[This message has been edited by WBSchmidt (edited April 05, 2009).]
I guess no one wanted to follow that considerably awesome post. Yay Sara! Friggen awesome.
I did okay, but not great on my writing. I added two scenes in CTD though I am not loving them a huge bunch. I've found that when I write a scene that I find particularily awesome I have issue following it with a lesser scene.
So I've mostly been reading this week. I just finished Cats Cradle, by Kurt Vonegut, and am starting Slaughterhouse Five now. He is just weirdly brilliant. I'm reading him for the first time. I'm kind of glad I waited, because I'm learning so much from him about storytelling. I'm ready for him now, and loving it.
So my goals are to keep learning and keep improving, however that looks like.
I don't know if anyone except the people I'm critting for have noticed that I have been taking a break. Is there anyone else who finds that writing and having a life are mutually exclusive events? My brain can't handle my character's lives and my own at the same time. I don't know how much longer I can go without writing, but it'll be at least a couple more weeks. Hopefully I'll remember how...
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