NaNoWriMo 2019

I won on the 27th with 50,039 words. 33,074 of those words went to finishing the rewrite of The Book of Immortality, while the rest was spent on two other things.

The first thing was a story idea that I’d had bouncing around in my head for a few months. I got 16,000 words into it before I realized it wasn’t working and then shelved it. Maybe one day I can come back to it and work it into something worthwhile. At the moment, it’s still a half-formed idea that isn’t going anywhere.

The second thing is the rework of Samael, a novel I started writing in 2015. I’ve just started on this one, and I like it so much better! I feel like my heart’s actually in it. I’ve also been plotting it out in my head from time-to-time since 2015, so I’ve actually got an idea of what’s going to happen and how it’s going to end.

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Overall, I wrote 53,826 words. Things seem pretty consistent when I look at my overall progress.

However, my daily word count proves this was not the case.

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Everything was pretty consistent until the 15th, which is when I finished the rewrite of The Book of Immortality. Everything after that is quite the yo-yo.

I’m glad that the new NaNoWriMo site is giving me the ability to see my day-to-day word counts. It’s not something I keep track of graphically, so it’s interesting to see just how much things vary on a day-to-day basis.

After all that writing, I’m definitely going to spend December taking it easy.

Anyway, if you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did you do?

Camp NaNo July 2019 Results

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This month, I started rewriting my 2017 NaNoWriMo novel, The Book of Immortality. And I achieved my goal! I successfully rewrote 21,371 words (21,384 according to the validator) of script into prose – ten chapters out of forty.

I am, slowly, remembering how to write prose. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be! Don’t get me wrong – there’s definitely going to have to be another draft after this one. Aside from refining the prose, I still need to iron out some kinks in the plot that I’m sure I’ll miss in this current draft.

And then after that’s done…sometime in early 2020, I hope…I plan on posting The Book of Immortality on this website as a weekly serial!

I don’t have much else to say. July was honestly pretty uneventful, except for one thing that I will be addressing in another blog post in a few days.

Camp NaNo July & Writing Updates

First of all, a writing update.

I finished the script for The Land of Two Moons! It has a prologue and 49 chapters, which is, at the moment, 1182 comic pages. That number will likely change as I edit the chapters over the years. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the number of pages down below 1000.

Now that I’m not writing a script and drawing a comic at the same time, I’ve found that I’m not nearly as tired as I used to be. I used to write AND draw every weekday – and this was after coming home from an 8-hour office job. Evidently that was too much.

I’ve learned my lesson – one thing per day! Either writing or drawing, not both.

As for what I’ve accomplished since then:

  • Finished penciling all of chapter 2!
  • Re-scripted chapter 3 so that it’s in more of a traditional comic format. There are more than 2 panels per page now!
  • Thumbnailed out chapter 3 on paper. That’s right, on paper. With a pencil. Not on a computer. And I like it better.
  • Finished inking all of chapter 1 on June 20th!
  • Started inking chapter 2!

And now…July approaches. As usual, I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m going to be using that month to start rewriting The Book of Immortality, the Chinese fantasy novel I started writing during NaNoWriMo 2017 and finished in June of 2018.

If anyone remembers, rewriting The Book of Immortality was one of my goals for NaNoWriMo 2018. That…did not happen. I did create an outline, but any actual writing didn’t happen, since I wanted to focus on The Land of Two Moons.

But it’s one of my goals this year to rewrite The Book of Immortality. And I haven’t written anything since I finished The Land of Two Moons. And I haven’t written prose since November of 2016!

This is totally gonna turn out well, right? It’s not like I’ve completely forgotten how to write prose or anything, right?

July is definitely going to be quite interesting.

Camp NaNo April 2019 Results

Week 1: Days 1-7

Target page count: 24

Pages scripted: 24

I hit my page goal every day. I finished chapters 40 & 41 and started on chapter 42.

Week 2: Days 8-14

Target page count: 47

Pages scripted: 47

My allergies got a lot worse this week! I barely kept up with my page goal. I’m also starting to feel the strain of writing every day. I don’t typically write this much every day, so I’ve been having a minor tendinitis flareup.

I finished chapters 42 & 43, and started chapter 44.

Week 3: Days 15-21

Target page count: 70

Pages scripted: 73

Finished chapters 44 & 45 and started chapter 46. It was easier to keep up this week than in week 2. I didn’t have any tendinitis flare-ups. I even ended up writing more than my goal!

Week 4: Days 22-30

Target page count: 100

Pages scripted: 100

Finished chapters 46, 47, and 48. Then I won on the 27th! I continued writing after that, but didn’t count those words/pages towards Camp.

Overall Results & Going Forward

As of April 30th, I have 48 chapters complete. I’ve just started chapter 49, which will be the last chapter in The Land of Two Moons unless, for some reason, I decide that the story needs an epilogue or an additional chapter (which it really doesn’t).

I’m going to spend the first week or two of May to finish up the script. And then…I’m going to work on penciling chapter 2. Editing is going to happen slowly over the next ten years as I actually draw the comic. There’s very little about it I want to change or flat-out don’t like, and I imagine that the majority of the editing will have to do with cutting down some conversations & scenes that went on a little too long.

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My progress per day, in case you’re curious.

Camp NaNo April & LotM Update

As usual, I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I’m continuing to work on The Land of Two Moons with a goal of 100 pages. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish the script by the end of April. I’m close to being done with chapter 39 at the moment, and I don’t think I need more than five chapters plus an epilogue to wrap things up.

And then I’ll be done with the script! I’ve only been working on it since June last year, but it feels like forever! It’s absorbed so much of my time that it feels like I’ve been writing for years.

Of course, since this is a ~1000 page webcomic, it’s going to take nearly ten years to draw. It’s going to be on my mind for a long time.

Regarding the actual comic part of the story, I have an update: I finished penciling chapter 1 on the 20th! And due to that, I am lowering my pencils per month goal from 12 pages to 8 pages. Chapter 1 was the longest chapter – it started at 50 pages, and I cut it down to 42. I have a good enough buffer right now that I don’t need to worry about falling behind, so 8 pages a month is plenty good for a 2 page-per-week update schedule.

Back to Camp NaNo. I won’t be doing weekly update posts like I did last year. I’ll have one post at the end of the month (or early June) showing how I did.

See you then!

NaNo 2018 Week 4

22 November

Target Word Count: 36,667

Words Written: 36,687

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 16 pages (converted to 3200 words)

Finished chapter 24 of The Land of Two Moons and started chapter 25. I had to create a bunch of new characters for this next part of the story.

23 November

Target Word Count: 38,333

Words Written: 38,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

Finished chapter 25 and started chapter 26.

24 November

Target Word Count: 40,000

Words Written: 40,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 0.5 pages (converted to 500 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons script: 6 pages (converted to 1200 words)

Finished inking two pages of chapter 1. I’m also almost done with scripting chapter 26.

25 November

Target Word Count: 41,667

Words Written: 41,787

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 8 pages (converted to 1600 words)

Finished chapter 26 and started on chapter 27.

26 November

Target Word Count: 43,333

Words Written: 43,587

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

Finished chapter 27!

27 November

Target Word Count: 45,000

Words Written: 44,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

Today was a rather difficult writing day for no reason at all.

28 November

Target Word Count: 46,667

Words Written: 47,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 15 pages (converted to 3000 words)

Finished chapter 28, which ended up being much longer than a normal chapter due to it containing an action sequence. Also started on chapter 29!

29 November

Target Word Count: 48,333

Words Written: 49,787

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 13 pages (converted to 2600 words)

Wrote a lot more than I planned to.

30 November

Target Word Count: 50,000

Words Written: 50,387 (50,388 according to the validator)

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

Won and finished chapter 29!

Overview

I won and validated at 5:00 PM on the 30th. That’s much better than last year, when I won at 11:30 PM.

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Instead of writing a whole bunch about how it was really hard to keep on track at times and how much I really love The Land of Two Moons, I’m just going to end this blog post with saying that I’m happy I won and I’m going to continue working on this story until it’s done.

NaNo 2018 Week 3

15 November

Target Word Count: 25,000

Words Written: 24,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

This is the first day this year I’ve fallen behind!

16 November

Target Word Count: 26,667

Words Written: 26,087

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 8 pages (converted to 1600 words)

Finished chapter 22. I was hoping to get more than 26k, but ended up being too tired.

17 November

Target Word Count: 28,333

Words Written: 29,987

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 12 pages (converted to 2400 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 1.5 pages (converted to 1500 words)

I’m back on track! I also started penciling chapter 1 of the comic.

18 November

Target Word Count: 30,000

Words Written: 30,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 1 page (converted to 200 words)

Finished chapter 22. I wanted a break, so I took it easy today.

19 November

Target Word Count: 31,667

Words Written: 30,187

Did not write today.

20 November

Target Word Count: 33,333

Words Written: 31,987

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

I’m behind, but I did manage to write more than 1667 words.

21 November

Target Word Count: 35,000

Words Written: 33,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 5 pages (converted to 1000 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 0.5 pages (converted to 500 words)

I wrote a lot less than I wanted to, but I was anemic for most of the day. That messed up everything, not just my writing.