Monthly Archives: December 2014

The 1K a Day Challenge

Okay, I’ve mentioned this before.  Time to lay it on the line.

I am challenging myself to write 1,000 words a day for one year.

Why?  Well, mostly because I can.  (Challenge myself, that is.  Actually doing it is another story, but that’s why it’s called a challenge, right?)

I’m not sure yet if the best way for me to tackle it will be to write one thousand words every day or sort of average it out, acknowledging that there will be days when I simply cannot carve out the time (no matter how much I want to).  Goals should be achievable, not frustrating, so I’m thinking that maybe something like “Write 31k in January” would be better — I’ll keep a separate Word doc for that month and copy and paste it into the novel it’s for when it’s done.

Ah, yes, the novels.  I do have projects in mind for 2015.

I want to finish the trilogy that my current WiP is the first book of.  (And maybe name the prince in the process.)  And finish The Other Mages trilogy.  And finish (are you sensing a theme here?) The Academy of the Accord series.

If I get my current novel finished this month, that leaves me 2 books of that trilogy, 4 books to finish The Academy of the Accord series, and half of Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy and a re-write of Book Three — and possibly a slightly alternate version of Book One to play around with so… yeah, probably two books for it, too.  That’s about 8 books right there, give or take a bit with The Other Mages.

And I’d like to get the sequels to Sanguine and Song and Sword written too.

Too much?

Probably.  But 1000 words a day times 365 days = 365,000 (plus roughly another 60k because I’ll do 50k (20k more than normal) in the three NaNo months which gives me 425,000 words) in one year.  And that should be roughly 5 or 6 novels, depending on the novel length.  So, while I might not get all of them done, I should be able to get a bunch of stuff finished.

And one thousand words a day should be a doable goal, especially if I make it monthly thing, not a daily thing.

I would also like to get some editing days worked into the schedule.  I was thinking Tuesdays would be good as that is garbage day here so it seems sort of fitting.  Or maybe I’ll edit in 2016.

Except I’d really not like to let everything sit that long, so maybe if I reach my monthly goal early I can spend the rest of the month editing — once I have something finished and ready to edit.  (Right.  Like that is going to encourage productivity! LOL)

Anyhow, this is still (obviously) something of a rough draft of my writing plans.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to go with the monthly average, though — it seems less designed to fail.

Anyone crazy enough to care to join me in this challenge?

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Plans (Please stop laughing now)

I have the next two days off and I hope to wrap up the first version of this draft before I go back to work on Thursday.  I don’t know how many words are left to finish it (I’m not good on guestimating how many words something will take – if anyone has any tips on that please feel free to post them in the comments) but the current scene is almost done and I don’t think there will be more than two or three scenes after that.  (But I’m not good at guestimating that, either.)

And then I can start work on the alternate (original) version so I can compare them on paper instead of just in my head.

Then I can start editing book one and start writing book two.  I just hope that the prince has a name by then.  (Yes, I am over fifty two thousand words into a rough draft and the prince still has no name.  Neither does the king, but he’s dead now so that doesn’t bother me as much.)

I’m hoping to have the trilogy done and unleashed on the world sometime next year.  (Ambitious, aren’t I?)  My “One K A Day” challenge should help with that – and I promise that I’ll go into more detail about what I’m getting myself into soon.

I’m not quite sure how to fit editing into that, but then I had a brilliant idea (even if I do say so myself.)  Tuesday is garbage pick up day here, so I think that Tuesday will be editing day – even if it’s just one chapter.

Maybe.

Plans are so hard to stick to.

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Sunday Snippet December 7, 2014

This is an excerpt from this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, which is still a WiP.  It doesn’t have a real title yet (the Word doc is called “T&A” for Ta’elsin and Arrek, the main characters) but I gave it a working title of Betrayal for NaNo and Wattpad purposes. This excerpt follows from last week, although I’ve skipped a couple lines of dialogue.   (The prologue is available on Wattpad if you’d like some background information.)

(This is a very rough first draft and may or may not have been creatively edited to fit the 10 sentence limit.)

 

Berrebren is the first speaker.

 

“What has gotten into you?  You were more than eager to come along on this trip when we started out.”

“I don’t know, I just…”  Ta’elsin looked at the walls again and shuddered, plagued by something that he couldn’t quite put his finger on.

Berrebren watched him for a moment, frowning slightly. “You don’t remember this place, do you?”

“I don’t… I don’t know.  I think I should but…”

“It’s been thirteen years – I’m sure it looked different to you then.”

Thirteen years.  Ta’elsin’s mind shied away from the events of thirteen years ago but he nodded:  thirteen years ago Sagyl had carried him away from a place of pain and terror.  It had taken over a year for the nightmares to end and Ta’elsin did not want them to start again.

 

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Logic, the (Current) Bane of My Existence

I’m still trying to wrap up the story arc on my NaNoWriMo novel.  There’s really not that much more to do but… well…

About 20,000 words in my plot got derailed and now I’m sort of back to where I need to be except I’m dealing with a huge logic flaw.  And fixing it is creating consistency issues.

I know, I know…

It’s a first draft, just get it written.  But why make editing any harder than it needs to be?

Anyhow, I’m not really editing — I’m writing.  And leaving myself notes in the middle of the thing in which I argue with myself about plot issues:

[LOGIC FLAW: WHY WOULD THEY SEND ARREK TO LOOK FOR THE KING?  ARREK IS LOYAL TO HIM AND WOULD BRING HIM BACK.  UNLESS THE ESCORT WAS TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING.  BUT WHERE WOULD THEY GET ENOUGH PEOPLE WHO WOULD BETRAY THE KING?  HE IS LOVED BY HIS PEOPLE.]

[MAYBE ARREK WASN’T SENT ON THE MISSION – HE HEARD ABOUT THE SURVIVOR AND WENT ON HIS OWN.  THAT MAKES MORE SENSE.  AND HE WOULDN’T TELL ANYONE AT THE CASTLE BECAUSE HE WOULDN’T WANT TO PUT THEM IN DANGER.  EXCEPT HE WOULDN’T LEAVE THE PRINCE…]

So, yeah, that probably makes no sense to anyone else, but the king is dead and the people responsible want Arrek dead too, as he stands in the way of them fully taking control of the realm.  So they manipulated him into going on a mission to track down a rumor that the king survived the attack on him.  He knows that the rumor is false, but they left him no honorable way to decline it — and they sent an escort with him to make sure that he didn’t return.

At least, that’s the current version of the fiasco.  As you can see from my notes to myself I’m having a hard time making the logic work.

And the consistency issues that are developing out of this make the logic flaw look like it makes total sense — I’m going to have to cut several scenes and that’s going to make other parts not make sense, which means that a heavy rewrite is in order.

And, yes, that is all editing stuff.  But again, why make editing harder than it needs to be?

Still, at this point I don’t see that there’s anything to do except to press forward, logic flaws, consistency errors, and all, and then try to sort it out in the editing phase.

It’s either that or bury everyone under an avalanche and write “The End.”

Right.  Back to writing…

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Something Old, Something New

So, I’m back.  I sort of fell out of the routine of blogging but I’m going to try to get back into it.

Part of the problem was my job.  With no set schedule (it varies from week to week) it’s hard to get into a routine, and half the time I swear I’m not even sure what day of the week it is.  (I once kept looking for a post from Siobhan Muir about Thursday Threads  (#ThursThreads on FaceBook) wondering where it was, then realized that it was only Wednesday.)

And another part of my problem was my job.  It was sucking the life out of me and I was feeling drained and not at all creative, although I was forcing myself to write.   It’s still not an ideal place for me, but I’ve adjusted, finally.  I think.  I hope.

And then came NaNoWriMo and it seems to have brought back my creativity, maybe because I’m working on something new and that helped break me out of my doldrums.  I struggled through both camp sessions, I think because I was working on an old project.   (I tend to be a “Rebel” for camp sessions but I always start something new in November.)

Of course, this solution (work on something new) creates a new problem: how do I go about finishing my old projects?  And I do want to finish them.  I want to finish The Other Mages trilogy and The Academy of the Accord series and turn them loose on the world.  And I have sequels that need to be written to two other books.

But maybe all I need is to take a break from the other projects for a bit.  I’m going to finish my NaNoWriMo project and hopefully work straight through the other two books of its trilogy. (Writing a trilogy/ series in order – what a concept!)  And maybe by then I can go back to the other projects and tackle them as if they were new.

Or maybe I can work on them together, something old and something new… maybe 500 words a day on each – or 250 words… or something.

More on the words per day thing another time…

 

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