Writing in Public, Too: NaNoWriMo Day 22

writinginpublicHad an awesome writing day today. Finished episode four, and got cranking on the 5th. The morning and afternoon were periods of work broken up by periods of play. I got up – lazy morning, after a long work night. Checked email and played around on the internet for a little while. Then I got into some word count, got about a thousand words done before lunch. Had a nice meal. Went on to do more words. Took a break after another thousand to read for a bit. Then another 1500 or so words. Around 6pm I went out with SO, and headed downtown to watch Mockingjay.

Which was REALLY nicely done. I can think of a few spots which seemed a little rough. But overall, the movie captured the book quite well. Incidentally, the music is stunning, and as soon as it’s available (can buy it overseas already, but not here? argh!) I’ll be snagging a copy. “The Hanging Tree” is particularly haunting, and Jennifer Lawrence has a great voice.

Happy with those days when I get above 3k words done. Hopefully I will have more of them than not, soon!

Fiction words for the day: 3600      Fiction words for November: 29,900 (15100 into the 4th episode, done, 100 words into 5th)

Blog Words today::214     Blog Words for November: 9002

Writing in Public, Too: NaNoWriMo Day 21

writinginpublicToday was a little hectic. Got some writing done in the morning. Then some needed housework. Then off to work early, because the facility is changing uniforms for nurses, and I needed to check in and get sized for things. Then a work shift, home, and bed.

A thousand words done in the morning, though, so I am still getting some work in there.

Dean Wesley Smith has been talking lately on his blog about “pulp speed” in writing. Using the Star Trek “warp speed” as a corollary. It’s fun, and funny. He’s been saying that at “only” 80k words a month he’s been plinking along at “sub pulp” speeds. And he’s working his way toward “pulp factor one”, with the idea of seeing how fast he can go in the months ahead.

As usual, what an awesome challenge. :)

Writing speed has EVERYTHING to do with the hours you spend at the keyboard. Which is just disciplining your mind. Most writers think that the more you write, the worse your writing will get. Why is that, I wonder? I mean, do we assume that someone who practices piano for ten hours a day, five days a week, is going to be a piano hack, and never excel? Or do we assume that person is probably going to get good a lot faster than someone who is playing a couple of hours a week in his spare time?

Of course the pianist with more practice time is going to improve faster. We all know that.

Then why do we equate writing more with writing badly? What a silly mindset.

I look forward to seeing how fast – and good – I can get, too.


Fiction words for the day: 1000      Fiction words for November: 26,300 (11600 into the 4th episode)

Blog Words today::298     Blog Words for November: 8788

Writing in Public, Too: NaNoWriMo Day 20

writinginpublicLOONG work day today. Very tired. In work from 7am till 11:30pm, and then home. Very, very tired. No writing done, but then that was more or less expected. 😉  Off to sleep now!



Fiction words for the day: 0      Fiction words for November: 25,300 (10600 into the 4th episode)

Blog Words today:: 33     Blog Words for November: 8490

Writing in Public, Too: NaNoWriMo Day 19

writinginpublicToday was a decent writing day. Up and moving by around 9am, and after some light breakfast and coffee, checked emails, and generally relaxed for a while. Ate lunch, and then put in about 1000 words. So not the most productive morning, but the afternoon started off well.

Had an appointment in the afternoon, and then got into some sorting and packing work. Which was good, and productive. Took a couple of hours. Then dinner, which was delicious chicken sausage stir-fried with egg noodles, brussel sprouts, green beans, and spices. And some more writing – another thousand words in.

Going to be a challenge to get caught up, at this point. With work days coming, it’ll be Saturday and Sunday.

Fiction words for the day: 2000      Fiction words for November: 25,300 (10600 into the 4th episode)

Blog Words today:: 138     Blog Words for November: 8457


Writing in Public, Too: NaNoWriMo Day 18

writinginpublicToday was AWESOME.

I started off the day relaxed, checking some emails, catching up on news. Showered. Dressed. Tidied the house a bit, and took the trash out. Then I got cracking on the writing. I put in a thousand words before taking a break to watch an episode of “The 100”, which seems on track to mess up the lives of all of the main characters. Going to be interesting to see how they write their way out of it.

Had lunch. Then back to work again, and got another 1500 words in, taking breaks now and again. It seems like that helps – to try for 500-600 words, then get up, walk around a bit, do something else, check email – and then get back into it again.

SO got home from work late, and I had a nice dinner prepared. We ate, and got down to our respective tasks again. I got in another 1500 words before calling it a night. Overall, a really nice work day – 4000 words is the best I’ve done in a single day in quite a while. I’m really happy with it, and really happy with how my writing is building up over time.

Which is a nice segue into what I wanted to talk about today: discipline in writing. (more…)