Writing Update: April 2022

Most of the writing I did this month wasn’t “real” writing. At the end of March, prompted by me winning the bid on a condo, I decided to finally sort through all of my old story notes. This meant going through a lot of folders and notebooks and typing up everything that wasn’t already typed.

There was a lot of stuff to type up. On the 2nd day of April, I decided to count these words toward my Camp NaNoWriMo goal. One, because I didn’t want to take all that paper with me when I moved, and two, because I was having a hard time actually outlining Samael.

My initial goal, which I talked about in a blog post on March 18th, was to finish the Samael outline. Apparently I realized this was ridiculous soon afterward, because the goal that I put into my goals spreadsheet said “finish four issues of the Samael outline”.

Unless I somehow manage to write about 6k words tomorrow, that won’t be happening. I finished Issue 15 and am currently working on the outline for Issue 16. I might actually be able to get that done by the end of tomorrow.

However, I did outline a bunch of stuff that happens later in the story rather than sticking to my usual strict chronological outlining. As it turns out, this helps a lot when you want a higher wordcount! Who knew?

Well…everyone, I think. Except me.

I will post a full analysis of this Camp NaNo session next Friday!

Writing Update: March 2022

I finished outlining Samael issue 14 and made good progress on issue 15. It’s about 2/3 of the way done. I’ve been too busy to outline very much in the past week – most of my writing was done on Sunday during on my NaNo region’s Discord server.

I also got some major news this week, so there’s a very good chance I’m going to be too busy to write in April. I completely unprepared for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m going to give it my best attempt anyway.

Writing Update: February 2022

It’s been a busy month…for work, not creative things.

I finished outlining issue 13 of Samael and started outlining issue 14. I am about halfway through it at the moment and am thinking through the next things that need to happen in order to continue the plot. I think, if I have the time to sit down and write for even just an hour, I could have that issue outlined by the end of the weekend.

For about two months, I’ve had the beginnings of another story bouncing around my head. I’ve written down some preliminary notes, but I doubt I’ll start work on it anytime soon.

I still have not had the time to do any actual writing.

Writing Update: January 2022

I’ve decided to start a new series of posts called “Writing Update”, where I talk about what I’ve been up to, writing-wise, during the month. I’ve never done this regularly, so I’m hoping it will provide a little bit of reflection on my own work and process.


Writing is not going very well, as you may have assumed from my previous post about my writing crisis. Aside from not being inspired, I’ve also been busy with mandatory overtime at my day job. It’s been difficult to find time to write even during free time at home. All I want to do is relax.

I finished outlining Samael issue 12 this month, and am about halfway through outlining issue 13. I really wanted to get issue 13 done this month, but then all of the above happened. My February goal is to finish the outline for issue 13 and start on issue 14.

I haven’t had the time to do any actual writing! Back in December, I told myself I’d get the Samael outline done by the end of the year – then I could get back to writing. That obviously didn’t happen, but I still do have the same goal of getting the outline done before I start up writing again. Hopefully that will happen before the beginning of April so I can get back to writing prose for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo session.

NaNoWriMo 2021 Results

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This month did not start off well. I wrote a grand total of 148 words on day 1, which increased to 418 on day 2. I got caught up by Sunday night (the 7th) by writing 5771 words. It was not a great experience and I do not want to repeat it.

What I also realized by the end of Sunday the 7th was that I did not have enough in my outline to reach 50,000 words. Since I’d been outlining Broken Sword before I set it off to the side to work on Samael exclusively, I thought that if I got through all of Samael and couldn’t think of a good way to continue the story, I’d write the beginning of Broken Sword.

I…did not get to do either of those things. I outlined more sections of Samael, but I also ended up not reaching 50,000 words despite it.

But let’s look at week 2 first. The week 2 slump actually hit me pretty hard this year. I wrote during the week, but it wasn’t enough. By the end of Friday, I was 4k behind.

I actually did pretty good in week 3 – I was one day behind until Friday. I got super tired, then my computer crashed and wouldn’t boot. I panicked, fixed it (the video card was loose. That’s it) and then was too tired to do anything else, so I went to bed after writing about 600 words.

By that Saturday, I was only 500 words behind. Things were looking up…but I was going to run out of outline, so I spent most of week 4 (Thanksgiving week) working on more of the outline. This meant I fell behind during the week. I did start seriously writing again that Friday.

And then…I just kinda stopped? I got to 42,083 words on November 28th and decided not to write more. I definitely could have reached 50,000 words, but I thought it would be best not to write 3-4k for three days straight.