Good Days

Today has been an overall awesome day. Glenn and I went to the “fancy” mall in this area; it has the more unique stores and it’s the heart of Norfolk. That small area of the city is pretty, but the rest isn’t. And we tried out this sushi place that he’d been to before. The sushi was really good! Volcano rolls make me so happy. ;_; We also had a Domo roll (eel, shrimp, crab, and avocado), and a spicy yellowtail roll. OM NOM NOM. Bought some salsa and chips from Harry and David’s. I love that store so much. There’s so many delicious things there! It was hard to control myself. XD

The best part of today aside from spending it with Glenn? Hearing my mom say this:

“This is publishable. This is the best draft you’ve written, hands down.”

Now THAT’S how you have a great day! I’ve been getting good feedback from my readers; overall good but there’s about a million typos. -.-” Apparently, I’m the queen of typos and missing words. Oops.

Even still, hearing that made me feel great. My mom is an avid mystery-book reader and she couldn’t figure everything out/was surprised. That’s about the best compliment a writer can get, I think.

So, how goes everyone’s writing? Love to hear about it! โค

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Draft 1: Complete!

Draft 1 is DONE! I finished it yesterday and I feel awesome. Does it have some problems? Absolutely. Am I okay with? YES. This is the first draft that I feel good about; I know there’s going to be some reworking here and there, but overall I’m very satisfied with how it turned out. It clocked in at 95,607 words. I liked the ending, but it might need a little more fluffing out. I think taking some time to back away from it would be good. Now I’m printing a copy for my mom and sending off copies to everyone that’s volunteered to be a reader for me. This is always the most nerve-wrecking/worst/scariest/holy-shit-someone’s-actually-reading-this time for me. I haven’t yet mastered how to not panic when someone is reading my work. I’m more or less okay when I’m not physically there, but it’s still in my head. I love getting the feedback though!

Now I have to figure out a title for the darn thing. XD

With the draft complete, I feel a bit lost. I’ve been writingwritingwritingwriting nearly everyday since Nano started. Yesterday I decided that I was going to finish it even if it killed me. XD I wrote a total of 7,534 words yesterday–that has to be some kind of record for me. Once I got past the final transitional scene, it just poured out. I love that; when the writing just keeps coming.

I’ve got Janet Evanovich’s newest book, Explosive Eighteen, to read. I’ve had it since it came out in November and I’ve been DYING to read it–it’s my treat for finishing that sucker! So today I’m going to hibernate with the book. It won’t take more than an afternoon to read. And tomorrow there is a puzzle that’s calling my name. My parents bought a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle for me. I love doing them and 1500 is the biggest I’ve done in a while. There’s something really cathartic about doing puzzles for me. I can waste a day doing them and I don’t even realize it. I love those kinds of days.

12k Until Draft 1 Completion

I finished the semester on Dec. 12. I’ve been working on my project since exams ended, and I’m so excited for the end to be in sight! 12k doesn’t sound like a lot, especially right after Nano, but I’ve had more problems properly structuring the ending in my head than I did the middle. Odd, I know. I know what the ending will be–that’s not the problem. I’m having an issue setting it up in way that works. I had an idea for it, but as the story has progressed I don’t think it’ll work and I don’t want to force the wrong scenes into the draft.

This is the first draft of anything that I’ve written than I don’t think is a complete pile of crap. I know there there is revision and editing to be done, but I don’t feel as concerned with it as I have with other works. I’ve been working with these characters for about four years now, and I think I’ve finally figured them out enough that I feel comfortable in the draft.

Which is why this ending-issue is bothering me. I know the ending. I know how my characters will respond, what they’ll say, etc. It’s that final hurdle of the last set-up scene that’s killing me. Normally when I’m feeling stuck in my work, I turn to reading about other people’s ideas/methods/tips on writing. I find it cathartic; thank the Lord I’m not the only crazy person out there!

The end is in sight. And I’m thankful for it; I’m excited to walk away from this for a little while and return to it with a fresh mind. But that can’t happen until I figure out this scene!

I need to get better at this blogging thing too. Hmm. I’ll add that to the to-do list.

Mission Complete

Just past 50k. ย Nano is done. ย BRB, celebrating~ ย 

*squee*

The Home Stretch

Nano ends in 3 days. This has been a great month for me. I’ve been swamped with school, and Nano has been a bit stressful but I’m in the home stretch now! Here’s the count:

45774 / 50000
(91.55%)

Woo! I’ve got 4226 words left to go. I never had the buffer built up, but I think it’s better that I didn’t. Not having the buffer made me responsible for writing everyday. I’ve set a deadline for myself to get the first draft done by the end of this year, and I think I can do it. It feels natural to write everyday again, and that was one my main goals for doing Nano. It’s such a cathartic experience. Writing everyday has been like a mental retreat from the world; even though that world can be frustrating too!

Has anyone else been doing Nano? Anyone feeling the same catharsis I am? ๐Ÿ™‚

Nano Check In

I’m still chugging along with Nano. I’m getting closer and closer to the word-zombie phase though. It feels really good to have the 1667 words to do everyday. The deadline/goal makes it easier for me to focus and I produce my best work when I’m on a deadline.

Well here’s the count thus far:

23581 / 50000
(47.16%)

Woo! ๐Ÿ˜€

Coming Out of My Hole

We are nine days in for Nano. How does surviving the first week feel? It feels great to me. This is the first time I’ve actually stuck with it. Of course, I picked the *busiest* semester to do Nano, but oh well. It’s been a blast for me so far! I haven’t finished logging my 1667 words yet today, but I wanted to let ya’ll see how I’m doing so far!

14809 / 50000
(29.62%)

Woo! It certainly does feel good to be writing everyday. I haven’t had a chance to build up a buffer, but I’m okay with that. Writing my 1667 words everyday isn’t so bad. Although I will admit to not wanting to a couple days!

So, how are you doing in Nano? Feeling yourself turn into a word zombie yet? I’m still feeling pretty good, but it’s still just a little over a week in. Let’s see how I am next week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lemme know! ๐Ÿ˜€

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