Sunday, 6 July 2014

Couch Progress: Camp NaNo Day 6 - Novel Notes Make Good Bedding, Apparently

It's happened. The fires of creativity have finally kicked in.

I'm glad as well, because my first few days were a bit of a grind and the words were hard to put down. On Day 4, I did nothing at all. Then yesterday, Day 5, I kinda panicked and ended up writing two days' worth to catch up.

Now, I've managed to write 1.8k today and it's going on 6pm and I just don't want to stop.

I think I will for a while, though, and save my creativity and my eagerness for tomorrow. Though I could always put a sneaky few words down on my side project that needs some love...

But yes, the writing these last few days has been all about bridging some gaps in the prose. I have more of a complete ending now, which gives me something to work towards now I'm nearing the stage of finally rounding this infernal book off.  I've given words to some pretty important scenes as well so that they aren't forgotten. Sorted out a few plot holes as well, so it's all good.

Words today: 1899
Words this month: 11,529
Total words: 291,283

Also, bonus picture of one my my rats, Burrito, attempting to steal my novel notes:

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Couch Progress: Camp NaNo Day 2 - Yet More Beginnings...

I'm glad to report that I'm still going strong!

Words today: 1278
Words this month: 3444
Total words: 283,198

As you can see, I haven't written as much today as I did yesterday - but I'm still wrangling these beginnings, and I feel like when I get these four characters of mine together things will speed up and become much more fun.

It's also pretty exciting to see how close I'm getting to 300,000 words! And then it just gets scary when I realise that even at 300k, my novel will still be nowhere near completed, and I'll still have the daunting task of editing those words, reading through them again and again. Talk about biting off more than I can chew!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Couch Progress: Camp NaNo Day 1 - Beginnings

I've had a good start on Camp NaNo! My stats are as follows:

Words today: 2166
Words this month: 2166
Total words: 281,920

I'm still writing beginnings for all of the characters I will be dealing with this month. It feels nice, though, finally giving them space on the page to breathe. They started off as background characters, spoken about but rarely shown, and that made me sad. It bugged me from the get-go that my novel seemed to be kind of male-dominated.

One thing I'm proud of today is how much I've managed to get done despite spending so much time on the PS3. I admit it, I am the sort of person who will spend a whole day playing whichever game I'm currently addicted to - for the last half a year or so it's been Final Fantasy XIV, but the beauty of that game is that there can be quite a bit of dead time if you're waiting for a dungeon; I like to spend this time writing.

Obviously I worry that after today the motivation will begin to fade, but I hope that once I get past all the beginnings and things I can do what I usually do, completely lose the plot (literally) and start to actually have some fun sending my characters all across the Multiverse and into the weirdest of situations.

And of course there's the thought of all those words that I'll have when this month is good and done. Delicious words.