Weeeeeeeeee, end of the month! It’s that time again! I’ve had a few people ask me why I count my words. Well, the answer is— because. No, seriously. To me, it’s something that keeps me writing. It keeps a goal in my head to shoot for. I don’t say ‘I have to write 1900 words today’ and then set out to write that number of words. I just write. And then count the words. It’s interesting to see the numbers I come up with at the end of each month. I can then gauge if I am slacking off or being an overachiever or doing okay. Anyone that knows me or my writing knows I don’t have issues with word count. I am verbose. Quite. LOL. My goal with this challenge was to do more, shorter projects. And to get myself into a habit of blogging regularly. I’ve tried to update here once a week at least and I try to blog over the The Diary 3 times a week. I count those posts because it is writing that I am doing on purpose. I don’t count my press releases and other work writing because it’s part of my job. So how did I do? Total Year to Date Count : 99,190 March Goal: 34,000 March Total: 34,434— I beat Feb’s number by just a few words! I am 33% of the way toward my goal of 300,000 words…. though, I’d better check because I thought I saw my name under 350K on the Get Your Words Out Site. Which would put me behind. Anyway, I am right on track, or fairly head actually. I expected to pass 25% this month and I did that, so yay. As for how I am going to keep this momementum, I’d love to start something new. I just haven’t been inspired much and my mind is still pretty consumed with my long form piece. I put my NaNo aside because it’s driving me nuts that I […]
Monthly Archives: March 2010
New chapter up at my archive and the NFiction archive. Getting down to the nitty gritty in the story. Real emotion and tough conversations and my male main character is finding out what his female counterpart means when she says she’s ‘fucked up’. He needs to be patient, she needs to buck up and stop being scared. She has a lot of preconceived notions about him because of what he does– he may not understand her enough to get that. Interesting dynamic is coming to play, here. And now that the road trip is over and they’re heading home, I’m really hoping that the chapters will come easier. And also that the conversations won’t be so heavy and we can get back to fun. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I started writing fanfiction. I was reading stories about a familiar character, a character all we ‘fans’ know, except that I didn’t like what writers did to him– making him sullen and sad and emo, when to me he seems so easy going and laid back. Happy and silly and incredibly talented. These are things I have to keep at the font of my mind when I am writing, even when the topic is emotional and heavy.
Chapter 41 is complete and up at the Archive. It was a pretty simple chapter to write, and some things actually surprised me by coming out while I was writing it. Most importantly, I got something that I can build on for future chapters. Know what that’s called? PLOT! WOOP! I’m having an issue with another story in that I am horribly stuck but I want to finish the story so badly. I’m unable to go back and figure out what’s not working, though. It’s just…boring and I can’t figure out how to extend it or rewrite it or… SIGH. It’s been sitting for quite some time. It’s actually my 2009 NaNo piece. I’d sure love to call that thing done before NaNo 2010 starts. :|
I’m writing another chapter in which my characters are in New Orleans in early December. A great part of writing, to me, setting the scene. I beelieve (or I read it somewhere) that setting is a character. It helps tell your story just like the plot and dialog , so I do a fair amount of research while I write to make sure my descriptions are realistic. I’ve looked at pictures of Bourbon street and the French Quarter and the walking tours and the bars and read the reviews and the website pages so much that I really, seriously think I need to go there, now. Just like I needed to go to New York when I wrote those chapters. And South Carolina, and Orlando. I need my characters to go home because they’re starting to cost me money, planning all of these trips! I’m giddy to be writing, again. Ideas are flowing. this makes me happy!
I got an email this afternoon that put a smile on this weary writer’s face: Dear MissM , Great news! Your submission has been accepted for entry on the short-story.net website. Now you can get your work seen by the world! The unique address to your work is: http://www.short-story.net/story.php?s=1465 If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email. It was sort of a given, since it’s a short story archive that doesn’t seem to have many stipulations but it was a place to start! *claps* I’m so excited! I’m so scared! What if people don’t like it? *scream*
Last night, I got busy… on my writing. I intended to update chapter 41 over the weekend. I had it allll planned out. Of course, because I had it planned out, life got in the way. In my head, I had what I thought was a bit of cute, witty, but story line revealing banter between my main characters. I took notes on Friday, because I knew I couldn’t get to it until after the weekend. I was looking forward to writing it, because I could just hear it in my ear, on the tip of my tongue, and laughed every time I thought of it. So then I sat down to write it. And uh…………it kind of fell flat. Awwww. Good news is that I think it can be revived with some editing CPR but first I need to pick up the chapter where I left off and write it through and THEN go back and edit. That’s going against my usual habit of write, edit, edit again, write, edit, edit again, throw the laptop against the wall. Trying to remove that last part, so removing some of the edits and the edit agains. Hoping I’ll get at it tonight, but we’ll see! Next month, when I still have nothing published, I’ll kick myself for these ‘I don’t feel like writing’ nights.