Posts tagged word count
Posts tagged word count
And I’m done. My first draft of my first novel. Holy shit I did it. I must say I learned so much from this beautiful failure. This was a novel on an image. I started writing with a picture in my mind and I kept the story going just with clique scenes and a goal to make it to 50,000 words. I didn’t make it to 50,000 but who cares. I wrote a full story. Beginning to end.
I learned so much. I now know my next story will have an outline. I learned where I can write. I learned to push through the hard parts. I learned to finish. I learned when I look over this story in a few months for the rewrite 95% of this story will be tossed and I’m fine with that.
The first draft is always shit. And mine was a big smelly one. But I can always say hell I did it! I did it for me.
I have written for thirty days straight. I have twittered my daily word count and a continual total word count. Even on Tumblr I have written of some of the stuggles I have discovered as I wrote. As I have said in the pass I have read that 21 days can break or make a habit. At the beginning of this project I decided thirty straight days should break my procrastination and difficulty I face just trying to sit down and write. Thirty days could make a habit where I didn’t just wait for inspiration but exercised my brain.
In these thirty days I found that writing everyday was harder then I expected. But I didn’t let event plans or hanging out stop me. Even when I wanted to let plans stop me. I told myself I had my reward before my work and I would get no where if I just kept going without the hard work it takes to be accomplished. I sometimes only wrote for half an hour but hey, I wrote even if I only produced over 400 or 500 words. At night I gave less time to my writing as it slowed and my bed called me to sleep. The best days was the full hour that seem to fly away as I typed away at my story. I learned I like writing in the morning or early afternoon better then at night. I liked walking around the rest of the day with the inner knowledge of what I accomplished. I am still amazed at all the times I broke 1,000 words in a section.
Twitter became another positive. I had a few people cheering me on and being inspired by me. (What?!) I was/am shocked by the new followers, all strangers, I have just because we share an interest. That inspired me.
I have ended this month with a story word total of 22,336 words. A story still in the process of it’s first draft. A first draft that sucks but I can finally say I’m okay with how horrible it is. A story I hope will improve with all the rewrites I plan to work on in future drafts.
So, what is next? I hope to make a writing schedule I will stick to. Maybe five days a week at least an hour a day. Work on this story. Maybe work on an outline to another story I have been thinking about. I’m still looking for a job but now I don’t feel I should apologized for ”slacking”. This month’s writing showed me so much more about myself I didn’t know I had in me. Maybe writing was always suppose to be the path I went down.
Ah, the start of week two. Storm clouds are in the distance. I had some trouble writing today. I realize I need to be more prepared about how I want things. Time to work on the look, size, and number of characters I really want. Today I will be taking some notes and hopefully working out these kinks so tomorrow my story and word count won’t suffer from pauses and switches in scenes.
Todays Word Count: 679
Total word count after 8 days: 5,423
Today, 679 words.
I promise I won’t Tumblr blog my word count everyday. Maybe just twitter it. Day four and I’m feeling I could keep this pace up. Break the mental fear, procrastination, and whatever else stopping me from writing. And not just writing these little scenes or the days activities and insecurity in my journal but a story that fits together.
Words written today, 664. Editing while writing is one of my offenses but I didn’t go back. Well…okay, I did but I realized rewriting would get me no where in the story so separated the past writing by putting it in parentheses and wrote what I wanted to write from there. Now I have the start of two scenes in the beginning of chapter two but like Hemingway said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” and I just have to keep going. Edit and rewrite at the end.
Today I wrote 439 words. It is said it take 3 weeks to break a habit or instill a new one. I think I’m trying to do both. I would like to have a better writing schedule and continue to sit down for the next 19 days write without whatever stops me getting in the way.
Anyway, I’m proud of day two. Maybe, tomorrow, I’ll stay seated after I run out of images to write and just try to continue…