June 2015 Update

I have a working outline! Tomorrow I will begin writing a. Whole. Lot. as I try to squeeze out a rough draft for the July Nanowrimo Camp. I’m fretful and nervous, but it can’t be that bad, right? RIGHT?! I’ve been humbled with the failing of LibertyNovel and feel that one reason it didn’t work out was because it took so long to write it. Through the years, I changed so much and the message got garbled because what I wanted to say kept changing as I learned lessons in my life. So this time, I’m writing with a single message and theme and motivation in the forefront along with the characters, plot points, and world building. I’m hoping this formula will produce a better draft than LibertyNovel had a chance to be.

So, here’s to MediatorNovel and everyone writing this upcoming month! *Raises metaphorical glass* CHEERS!

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April and May 2015 Updates

I don’t have a set number of hours to share with you for these months. I know. That sucks. It’s just that I have taken every spare moment to read on a couple of books, one on novel structure and one on outlining, and I haven’t been writing down when I start reading and taking notes, so I truly just don’t know. Is it fair to just say “a lot?” I don’t even know.

Why am I reading craft books, you might ask? Because after finishing the first draft of LibertyNovel and working with critique partners, I realized I needed help in this area. Lots and lots of help.  So what does a nerdy girl do when she realized she doesn’t know or understand something? She buys a book…or ten…and hope it whispers secrets to her.

LibertyNovel is shelved for the time being. I’m sad about it, but I owe the characters a better story than what is there, and I just don’t know the answer yet. So I will percolate until the time is right. Until then, I’m starting afresh with another idea and, oh my gosh, I can’t wait to share. But, for now, I call it MediatorNovel, and I love it so.

I wanted to be done with the outline by the end of May. That isn’t the case, but I’m finding there is a good possibility that I won’t have as much work to do after the first draft if I take care planning before it.

Soooo… here we go, again! Back to the drawing board but with so much more knowledge thanks to LibertyNovel and craft books! I’m so excited I could spit!

Love,

Mea

October Update

I completely forgot that I didn’t do an October Update until about… 10 seconds ago. Let’s call it the effects of About to have a Baby Syndrome and move on, shall we? Ha HA!

Plotting was the them of the month and I got to the very last lovely scene on the book. I’m very excited to start revisions after completing the draft. I love the last scene! It’s sweet and sad and hopeful… There’s resolution and wonder. This place where I am has taken me so long, but it’s so damn satisfying.

Though the Words-to-Date are the same at 43,004, I did plot 2.040 words in 4.5 hours of work time within 3 days. The stats are blowing anyone away, but progress is progress.

I will be having a baby sometime within the next three weeks, so I’ll either get tons of work done or none at all. I’m not sure what to expect with a toddler and a newborn, so goal making for the new year may be put off until I physically can get back on my feet.

I hope you out there are getting closer to your goals. I hope you are getting there faster than me! If you’re doing NANOWRIMO, good luck!!! This is me cheering you on! YAY, YOU!!!!!

September Update

This month, guys. This month. I just don’t even… My heart has been broken a thousand times over in the past two and a half weeks. I want to share, but it’s a bit raw right now. I have some things to sift through before…

Before all the crazy, I did get some work done.

There was 7 hours of plotting and outlining that resulted in 3,158 words. I’m not counting them in the total words because they’ll be modified and added when the scenes are written.
I did write about an hour on the next scene, 373 words, bringing the Total Words to Date to 43,004.

Good news:

Part III is almost all the way plotted. Heavily. Not just—This happens and then this—but there’s some dialogue and deep stuff going on that I’m really excited to share with y’all one day. It’s going to really push me in revision for Parts I and II; in fact, I have a feeling my WIP should be in limited third person instead of first person (3 POVs) but…I’ll deal with that idea later. I’m learning so much, and I’m happy about that.

Also, there are only 8 weeks and 6 days left until I get to meet my new son. No better news than that. 🙂

August Update

August is over and the end of the year is getting CLOSER! How are you guys getting through your Goals? I’m truckin’ along! Some have been changed due to circumstance and pregnancy, but that’s life, y’all. We deal, right?
I’d like to tell you a little of what I’ve learned since I’ve started to finishing Part II of the First Daft. Before I even started writing, I drafted an entire back story, all the while creating the nuts and bolts of this story. I have an ENORMOUS amount of paper and files that will never see the light of day and that did not have any effect on what I am currently writing. (I reserve the right to change my mind about this as my first draft and first revision isn’t done, but right now I feel like I wasted a whole lot of time dreaming.) So I resolved to start writing and to worry about back story issues along the way. For Part I of the book the only thing I knew when I seriously started writing was at what point the section needed to end and the end of my book all together. These are two super good things to know, by the way. (Well, maybe I had an idea instead of a specific scene about where Part I needed to end, but as the end drew near, I had a specific scene.) But from here to there, I had nothing but a foggy image in my head, y’all. I made it up on the fly and, can I just say, there is a LOT of revising that is going to have to happen in Part I. A. Whole. Lot. I finally got to my ending scene. Reread the section once and got it to CP knowing that it was going to change shape completely, but she had it, and I had my milestone, and she loves me unconditionally, so I knew I would eventually be forgiven. But something had to change for Part II. I wouldn’t survive another almost-fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants section. This book would never get done that way. I know me.
So for Part II, I spent time drafting an outline-ish type thing. It was something like a timeline and felt like a lot of “Oh! And then THIS!” with a sentence or two or clever dialogue that sprang up or something. Originally, I wrote it on a flow pad. I think better with a pen in my hand, and when it was done, I transposed it to a document. This worked so very well. I had a starting and a stopping point not only for the second section, but also for each writing day. I’d open up the outline and know what I had finished before and what needed to be written that session. If I’d written something that made the story more interesting, no worries! I’d just alter my outline a little in retrospect, do a quick read through to eliminate plot holes, and move the heck on. I also starting keeping track of how much I wrote, when, and for how long on a chart, which is how I’m able to write these Monthly Update posts.
So now Part II is done, and I’m outline Part III. I have 10 scenes with sentences and I know where I want to end. While I was thinking, I wrote on the first scene and have it completed now. I like that I still feel the progress of writing while I’m in a bit of a holding pattern (outlining), seeing how to get to the end. I still hope I can get through Part III by December 10th (baby’s due date), but we’ll see.
I look forward and dread Revision. There will need to be some major overhauling. My hope is that by the end of it, I’ll be proud that I finished the effort. Because this has been such a HUGE effort.
In short:
Break your story into three sections, know where each section starts and ends, and loosely outline each section before your write it. This formula has worked for me so far, and I hope it saves someone who is starting from scratch months and years of my frustration.

STATS:
Words-2,632
Days with writing in them-3
Hours: 3 hours and 55 minutes
(Not including outlining days, lots of article reading, and a webinar)
Words to Date: 42,631

I hope y’all are pressing on toward the goal! Gotta go pick up my sweet son, now! Later!

July Update

July marked a milestone accomplished! Part II is completed, folks. It’s on to Part III, and I am super excited. I think the first draft can be done by the time BabyTwo is ready to say, “Hello, World!” Oh, I’m getting excited!

The writing was better than last month, but not up to par as past months. I’m working on regaining my drive and the second trimester of pregnancy has been good to me, so far as not draining all of my life powers as it did previously. Outside stress is still there, but there isn’t much of it that I can control. It’s hard to see people I care about make decisions that maybe I wouldn’t make, but at the end of the day, I am an adult because I get to make my own choices and so are the other people. I still love them and will continue to, no matter what they choose. Also, if I had a superpower, I would control cancer.

Okay. No more waiting. The stats for July are:

Days with writing in them: 5
Amount of time writing: 6 hours and 35 minutes
Number of words written: 3,615
Total number of words written for the year: 39,999
(I really wanted to go in and add a particle or adjective in there just so I could say I broke 40,000 words, but I didn’t. I will remain honorable.)

Does this call for a Yay!Gif? I believe it does.

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I hope y’all had a great month. Bring on August! Happy Writing!

June Update

Hello, there!

I’m a bit embarrassed with my update this month, so I procrastinated until today to post it. Then, I felt worse because I am a New, Productive Me, and come to find out, I can’t continue being that person while procrastinating. Even though, this is a mite painful, I’m sucking it up and posting it. Even though my heart is heavy, I’m clinging to my goals. They very well might be my life raft. Be easy on me, Internet.

I didn’t make my writing goal this month. In fact I wrote during two days, only 4 hours, and 1,774 words. I finished 1 and 1/4 scene.

In 6 months, the total word count is 36,384.
3 scenes left in Act II.

There are things to be thankful for:
–any writing is progress
–I’m beginning to heal from June 1st.
–I’m not dead.

I have high hopes for you, July. Mount Everest high. North star high.