Week 13 Writing up a storm

Hello, there, and welcome to my writing blog.

When I reported in this time last week, it had taken me a while to get into my stride. Well, it couldn’t be more different this week as I hit the ground running and apparently I didn’t know when to stop. Progress in the way of words written has been stellar, although the story continues to amble along; now I’m back to writing about cake so it’s going to slow down even more! If there is one thing writing this novel has taught me, it’s that there’s a lot you can say about cake.

As far as statistics go, I’ve written 8,449 words on my novel this week, bringing the total word-count to date to 108,020. I’ve put in over 1,000 words each evening which is quite an achievement for me and I think this reflects how much enjoyment I’m getting from writing this part of the story. I’m so grateful that I’m still this keen on the situation and the characters so far in (apart from Lenny!).

Which all begs the question, why am I being unfaithful?

Yep, you read that right. I spent all yesterday afternoon putting down some ideas for a totally different novel, and doing a detailed character sheet for the leading lady in this other story. I haven’t done such a detailed sheet for any of the characters in the current novel; perhaps that is because I already know them like they are old friends. There’s a lot to be said for the idea that your first novel is the one that’s always been in your heart and maybe your head has to come into play for any subsequent work.

Once the concept of this other novel occurred to me, I glanced straight down the road to ruin. I was standing in my kitchen doing the washing up and caught myself thinking “Hmm, this new novel could be a NaNoWriMo project….” despite me having no plans to ever take part in National Novel Writing Month. I blame YouTube personally. Luckily, the evening saw me digging straight back in to the ‘real’ novel and I wrote a quite astonishing 1,517 words, so in this case a little bit on the side has reinvigorated my proper relationship!

Now I’m ready to move into a new writing week and see what that brings. I really would like the novel to be finished because I don’t like the idea that I’m going to have to cut large chunks of it in the editing process. Then again, I want the writing to be consistent and since it’s been a tad wordy and moving at the pace of an idle daydream, I don’t want to change that vibe at the end. It’s much better to decide it will be finished when it’s finished, and then the pacing can be tightened as necessary. The thing to avoid, the thing I’m fairly certain I’m not being guilty of, is stretching the story out because I just don’t want to say goodbye to these people. I might not be the best judge of that.

Well, Sunday afternoon means it’s time now to pick up our pens, dust off our keyboards, clean our screens and write another week.

7 thoughts on “Week 13 Writing up a storm

  1. Good going! Sounds like you have been on a roll with your creative writing this week. Also, starting to plan your next novel too, so you can keep up the writing habit once the current one is wrapped up! Have a good week.

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    1. Ha, ha, as if the current novel is ever going to be wrapped up!! But, yes, it feels good to have a plan for my next project lurking in the background and also interesting (to me, at least) that I might take a different approach to planning it out.

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    1. Aha, good question. The software I use for writing – Scrivener – has a bar at the top which shows the title of the document you’re on and two progress bars if you have set yourself targets. So I can see my progress towards the target I set for the novel and also towards the target I set for the session/day. Hovering over the bar shows the actual word count. I write the count in my notebook at the end of each day, but can check at any point. There are also project statistics and a writing history which you can open up into separate windows to see more of an overview of the information.

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      1. OK, so I am laughing at myself right now. You are using a computer to write!! OF COURSE! No one in their right mind would write a novel by hand. OMG. I pictured you having to hand count every word. I am such an a**!! I really am.

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      2. Not such a silly assumption at all; some people still do write by hand and then transcribe to the computer. There are advantages to that – both in flexibility of being able to scribble a few lines as you’re sitting in the car waiting to pick up the kids for example. Also, there is some suggestion that writing by hand encourages you to slow down and that translates into a more considered and better-crafted product. I often write short pieces by hand, practice pieces, but I don’t honestly see much difference between what I produce in handwriting and what I produce on the computer. There are also, by the way, a few people who use an old-fashioned typewriter to produce their written works.

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