I’m participating in Camp NaNo again in July. I have three main goals:
Write 20,000 words of the third draft of The Book of Immortality
Finish writing a short story that I started rewriting in mid-May and thought I’d have done by the end of May (whoops)
Novelize chapter 7 of the script of The Land of Two Moons
The Book of Immortality takes precendence over the other two goals, since I’m so close to having it done. So close! I’ll definitely have a chapter online by the beginning of August!
The short story mentioned in #2 is a rewrite of a story I started in 2016 and then stopped about one third of the way through. I wrote a rough outline of what’s going to happen in the rest of the story, so there’s no excuse for me not to finish it this time.
Chapter 7 of The Land of Two Moons likely won’t be a comic; I’m novelizing the chapter because I want to see how well I could handle doing an illustrated novel. If it goes well, then I’ll likely continue the rest of the story in that way.
This April, I decided to continue my edit/rewrite of The Book of Immortality. I had a goal of 20,000 words and I hit that on April 25th, then continued writing until April 29th. At this point, I reached the end of chapter 26, and decided that would be a good stopping point for the month. My final word count is 21,732.
I finished rewriting/editing 11 chapters. One of those chapters was started in March, while the other 10 were done entirely in April. From the first draft, one chapter was removed entirely, and two chapters were put together since they were both too short to begin with. This means that while the first draft had 41 chapters, this second draft now has 39 chapters.
The rewrite is now at 26/39 chapters. Finishing those last 13 chapters will probably take another month and a half. After that’s done, it’s time for the final rewrite!
Yes, this current (second) draft won’t be the final one. I’ve been using this draft to clean up the plot, make things clearer, and fix dialogue, but I still need to add a lot of description. I’ve been trying to do some of that in this second draft, but each chapter is still going to need some polish before I’ll be satisfied with them.
I’m going to post the third draft as a serial on this blog. I won’t wait until I’m finished editing the whole thing – I’m planning on posting one chapter per week as I do the final edits.
Finally, I’ll be able to have some writing up here!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?