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!
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?
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.