WiP Wednesday 5/5/13-5/11/13 — May 15, 2013

WiP Wednesday 5/5/13-5/11/13

I actually have decent progress to report. I’d been kind of slogging through writing, doing my best to get some sort of word count in each day. Most days I wasn’t that successful. Really, I was battling the inner doubt monster in order to get any words written.

I got almost all the way done with my revision read-through on the novella. One chapter of it left and I’ll have all my notes done so I can actually go in and revise it.

I did break the 20K mark on the adventure novel. I actually beat that goal by nearly 4K words. So that was major progress. My MC has moved from Norway to Germany in his travels. (If you ever get to read this book, you’ll understand what I mean.) I’m struggling with his voice. This book is written in 1st person and present tense so it’s proving quite a challenge. That is what revisions are for, however.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesday 4/28/13-5/4/13 — May 8, 2013

WiP Wednesday 4/28/13-5/4/13

Uh, yeah.

Progress on the revision was nominal at best. I had several nights of poor sleep which led to sleeping to the last possible moment so I wasn’t a zombie when it came to my day job. I’m still working on a read-through to get the bigger issue stuff. When I do something like this, I use the comments feature in my word processor after copying and pasting the entire story into a new file. The file with the comments gets renamed “Draft #” and the clean file gets the story name for a label. I’m aiming to have the read-through done this week so I can start in on revisions next week.

As for the first draft of the other book, progress was also pretty slow. I’m really rusty at this whole drafting thing after so many months off from writing. I’m looking to break at least the 20K mark this week (and will report in on that next week). I don’t know why but this time around trying to draft this book I’m not feeling so bad about the book. (I really hated it when I wrote the first 16K of the book a few months back so I put it in the dust drawer.)

How are your WiPs going?

Update Tuesday 7/8-7/14 — July 17, 2012

Update Tuesday 7/8-7/14

Well, last week was an up-and-down kind of week for me. (I know that comes as no surprise to any of you.)

First off, I 4,454 words on HotG. (That includes losing 70 words as I attempted to switch the story from first person, present tense to third person, past tense.)

Then on Wednesday or Thursday (I’m not certain when the decision became final), I decided to shelve the book entirely. The story is not working and it was such a slog to get through my goals every day.

I’m not kidding you. I’d allot myself three hours in the mornings to get progress toward my daily goals. In that time I’d write a few hundred painful words. Sometimes I’d manage to get those word count goals, but it often meant I’d be writing late at night before bed as well to get there.

I realized that HotG was not me at all. HotG is a YA contemporary, aimed at the older end of the YA spectrum, that involved a lot of historical stuff and a lot of places I’m not familiar with. I struggled to connect to the story at all. If I’m not connecting how can I expect others to?

So I made a switch. I retreated back to my world of YA fantasy. Only this time I have opened up an old project. Some of you might remember the story I wrote, “Clockworks and Cogs” which I then attempted to turn into a novel. I’ve picked that back up, only this time intending the story to be a novella. I was already about 16K-17K into the story when I opened up the old manuscript.

I’ve renamed it. The story is now titled “Dragon’s Steam.” It’s the first of a series of novellas set in this world I created for it. Sure there’ll be a lot of revisions, but already the story is going so much better. I love this story.

Last week I managed to add 2,171 words to DS. Which, considering all the angst and torment I was going through in my struggles with HotG and taking the weekend off, is pretty good I think.

How are your WiPs going?