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.
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.
Up until the beginning of October, I have no idea what I was going to write for NaNoWriMo this year. The Book of Immortality and The Land of Two Moons were both finished. For the first time since 2017, I had to work on something new…and that was a problem. Even though I’d been worldbuilding & outlining Broken Sword for close to half a year, and re-outlining Samael since July, neither of those stories had anything close to a complete outline.
I don’t particularly like writing by the seat of my pants. It was fine when I was young and could jump from thing to thing at a moments notice with no problem at all, but I can’t do that anymore. I need an outline, even if it’s rough.
So for all of October, I’ve been putting all my effort into outlining Samael as much as I can. I’ve had vague notes and ideas scattered here and there for years, so most of the outlining has been putting things in order, eliminating inconsistencies from earlier ideas, and fleshing things out.
I sure hope what I’ve done so far will allow me to reach 50k words.
If you want to add me on the NaNoWriMo site, my account is JayArgall!
This month was a lot. My A/C went out on July 2nd, and it wasn’t fixed until the 8th. I got very little writing done during that time period. After that was fixed, I…continued not to write very much.
I genuinely haven’t been very motivated to write this month. I’ve mainly been working on blog posts, and I’ve had quite a bit of success with those – I’ve written and scheduled 22 blog posts – but actual outlining for Broken Sword? I only wrote 2,849 words.
My original goal was 20,000 words. I changed that to 10,000 on July 20, since there was definitely no way I was going to reach 20k. This is actually the first time I’ve ever had to change a Camp NaNo goal.
I outlined myself into a corner with Broken Sword. I have a few options on how to start the next section of the story, but unfortunately, none of them seem any good. Outlining is essentially on hold until I figure that out.
I did, however, start re-outlining the first chapters of Samael, a story I first started writing in 2015. I reworked it into a setting I liked in 2019 and wrote the first four chapters, then stopped to focus on The Land of Two Moons and The Book of Immortality. I’ve been thinking the story over in my head this whole time, and now have some better ideas on how to start it and have certain ideas & themes carry on through the entire story.
Also, it’s a story that takes place in 2023 (in a cyberpunk version of our own world, with some fairly major differences) so I’d like to start finishing chapters and start posting it here sometime in mid-2022 at the latest.
Anyway, I ended this session of Camp NaNo with 11,964 words. Hopefully the next couple months of writing will not be as chaotic as this one.
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.