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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2150 on: June 10, 2021, 02:19:26 AM »
Finished rearranging everything and I am so happy I did it. 653 words, 99 pages. I have three more scenes to write and I think I'll be right around my 125 page target.
 
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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2151 on: June 11, 2021, 03:43:16 AM »
488. And I dropped a devilishly misleading clue in an earlier part of the manuscript. hehehehe
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2152 on: June 12, 2021, 04:14:02 AM »
Averaging about 500 words a day for the month so far.  We'll see how that goes.  Characters engaging in a philosophical debate tends to bring up the word count.

Also, finally getting somewhere with the 3D model for the cover of my serious space opera.  Will probably have to do another read-thru myself of the book.  Would really like a third-party opinion, but I've never heard back from Beta Reader B.  There's a good chance Beta Reader A would do it, but I know she's very busy with more important things at the moment so I'm not going to bother her.

Also, had cicadas come into the office yesterday, so had to put them to work.

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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2153 on: June 14, 2021, 06:44:03 AM »
Hi, I'm new to this forum and have greatly enjoyed reading through these posts. Super motivating, especially when the idea of writing even 500 words feels daunting.

I myself have been aiming for at least 200 per day but 50 seems even more inviting.

Today I've written 320. Might add another 100 or so but no pressure. :)

 
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Jeff Tanyard

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2154 on: June 14, 2021, 07:08:28 AM »
Hi, I'm new to this forum and have greatly enjoyed reading through these posts. Super motivating, especially when the idea of writing even 500 words feels daunting.

I myself have been aiming for at least 200 per day but 50 seems even more inviting.

Today I've written 320. Might add another 100 or so but no pressure. :)


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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2155 on: June 15, 2021, 11:34:58 AM »
Ended up writing 525 words yesterday in total. And 216 words today, which will likely double by end of the day if i continue my habit of writing a bit in the afternoon and a bit before bed. I like writing in small five minute sessions throughout the day lately, as opposed to long sessions. I'm in a bit of a writing funk lately so my attention span is shot. When I'm feeling more inspired, I can crank out 2,000 words no prob. It's been a few weeks since that kind of focus has hit me. :n2Str17:


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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2156 on: June 16, 2021, 01:51:33 AM »
Welcome La Luna.

237 for me today. About halfway through an edit of the screenplay adaptation, adding actions and some descriptions mostly. When I'm done with it I plan to set it aside until August and come back to it with fresh eyes.

I'm really torn about what to write next. I don't want to publish a full length book again, so I was debating a screenplay for a story I have, I just don't know. I'll probably outline it and go from there, maybe.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2157 on: June 16, 2021, 09:47:54 AM »
La Luna, welcome!  Glad you've joined us.  :dog1:

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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2158 on: June 16, 2021, 09:49:14 AM »
Welcome La Luna.

237 for me today. About halfway through an edit of the screenplay adaptation, adding actions and some descriptions mostly. When I'm done with it I plan to set it aside until August and come back to it with fresh eyes.

I'm really torn about what to write next. I don't want to publish a full length book again, so I was debating a screenplay for a story I have, I just don't know. I'll probably outline it and go from there, maybe.

Amanda, what made you decide to switch to screenplays?  I've been writing short stories...just can't seem to focus on anything long and complicated at the moment.  Hoping that will change by the end of summer!

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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2159 on: June 16, 2021, 10:34:48 AM »
Thanks for the welcomes!

596 today and...I'm not totally sure where this paranormal romance story is going. The first two chapters started out strong and now it's kind of...dissolving? The hero is not who I thought he was. As soon as I entered his POV in chapter 3 this story is going somewhere very different. It's all shaky ground now and i'm straying from the plot, which is seeming more tentative and ethereal by the day.  :dizzy

I guess I'll just follow these new threads and see where they take me. 
 
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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2160 on: June 16, 2021, 11:09:47 AM »
Welcome La Luna.

237 for me today. About halfway through an edit of the screenplay adaptation, adding actions and some descriptions mostly. When I'm done with it I plan to set it aside until August and come back to it with fresh eyes.

I'm really torn about what to write next. I don't want to publish a full length book again, so I was debating a screenplay for a story I have, I just don't know. I'll probably outline it and go from there, maybe.

Amanda, what made you decide to switch to screenplays?  I've been writing short stories...just can't seem to focus on anything long and complicated at the moment.  Hoping that will change by the end of summer!
Sales are so so bad the idea of throwing away time and money on launching another book is just depressing. I'm adapting my first novel for a screenplay contest, that costs $100 or less. Writing the new story as a novel or a screenplay is still in the air, but the idea of going through all the effort of publishing a full novel, Tim's description woes were pretty demotivating, I don't know. I just don't have it in me to put in the effort on a novel and have it tank again.
 

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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2161 on: June 17, 2021, 03:06:18 AM »
Sales are so so bad the idea of throwing away time and money on launching another book is just depressing. I'm adapting my first novel for a screenplay contest, that costs $100 or less. Writing the new story as a novel or a screenplay is still in the air, but the idea of going through all the effort of publishing a full novel, Tim's description woes were pretty demotivating, I don't know. I just don't have it in me to put in the effort on a novel and have it tank again.

I don't do anything for a new release except hit publish.  I'm certainly no expert (and don't have a huge income from this) but books don't expire.  Unless they're very trend/niche, I don't think a book ever goes out of style. 

Write what makes you happy.  And if not writing will make you happy, then by all means do that.  And screenplays are a good option, too.  If I had to choose one word to describe being an author these days...it would be resilient.  Best of luck with whatever you decide!

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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2162 on: June 17, 2021, 06:11:29 AM »
Currently at 162 words for the paranormal romance and am very tempted to start another project to tinker with because I'm so confused lol.

I've heard some people are successful with writing multiple projects at once. Last time I tried, my original project got abandoned while i got carried away with the secondary project. the second one got finished. the original is still abandoned.

Couldn't hurt to add 50 words to a different project...could it? Anyone else write multiple books at once?
 
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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2163 on: June 17, 2021, 06:16:25 AM »
Sales are so so bad the idea of throwing away time and money on launching another book is just depressing. I'm adapting my first novel for a screenplay contest, that costs $100 or less. Writing the new story as a novel or a screenplay is still in the air, but the idea of going through all the effort of publishing a full novel, Tim's description woes were pretty demotivating, I don't know. I just don't have it in me to put in the effort on a novel and have it tank again.

I don't do anything for a new release except hit publish.  I'm certainly no expert (and don't have a huge income from this) but books don't expire.  Unless they're very trend/niche, I don't think a book ever goes out of style. 

Write what makes you happy.  And if not writing will make you happy, then by all means do that.  And screenplays are a good option, too.  If I had to choose one word to describe being an author these days...it would be resilient.  Best of luck with whatever you decide!
Thanks Lorri. It isn't making me happy much these days.
 
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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2164 on: June 17, 2021, 06:18:18 AM »
Currently at 162 words for the paranormal romance and am very tempted to start another project to tinker with because I'm so confused lol.

I've heard some people are successful with writing multiple projects at once. Last time I tried, my original project got abandoned while i got carried away with the secondary project. the second one got finished. the original is still abandoned.

Couldn't hurt to add 50 words to a different project...could it? Anyone else write multiple books at once?

I tried because I thought I could fit in 2 full writing sessions a day in that way. Lasted 7 chapters on both and then I bailed on one, which I never finished.

If you are stuck I suggest outlining. Just a sentence or two for what will happen in each chapter. Then start writing again. You don't have to stick to the outline but you can refer back to it if you get stuck again.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2165 on: June 17, 2021, 07:44:44 AM »
Thanks for the welcomes!

596 today and...I'm not totally sure where this paranormal romance story is going. The first two chapters started out strong and now it's kind of...dissolving? The hero is not who I thought he was. As soon as I entered his POV in chapter 3 this story is going somewhere very different. It's all shaky ground now and i'm straying from the plot, which is seeming more tentative and ethereal by the day.  :dizzy

I guess I'll just follow these new threads and see where they take me.

Luna, have you considered not changing POV?  Just an idea.

As for writing multiple projects...I am not good at that.  I can research one while I write another, but too many characters in my head for writing multiple stories at once.

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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2166 on: June 17, 2021, 08:02:56 AM »
Currently at 162 words for the paranormal romance and am very tempted to start another project to tinker with because I'm so confused lol.

I've heard some people are successful with writing multiple projects at once. Last time I tried, my original project got abandoned while i got carried away with the secondary project. the second one got finished. the original is still abandoned.

Couldn't hurt to add 50 words to a different project...could it? Anyone else write multiple books at once?

I tried because I thought I could fit in 2 full writing sessions a day in that way. Lasted 7 chapters on both and then I bailed on one, which I never finished.

If you are stuck I suggest outlining. Just a sentence or two for what will happen in each chapter. Then start writing again. You don't have to stick to the outline but you can refer back to it if you get stuck again.

Yeah, still not sure about starting a new project. I think the only way that would work for me now is if the new project was a far superior idea to this one, which was never too strong of an idea to begin with.

I think I will have to start outlining again. I did have a brief, vague one but maybe some brainstorming and more details is required. Thanks for the advice!
 
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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2167 on: June 17, 2021, 08:07:49 AM »
Thanks for the welcomes!

596 today and...I'm not totally sure where this paranormal romance story is going. The first two chapters started out strong and now it's kind of...dissolving? The hero is not who I thought he was. As soon as I entered his POV in chapter 3 this story is going somewhere very different. It's all shaky ground now and i'm straying from the plot, which is seeming more tentative and ethereal by the day.  :dizzy

I guess I'll just follow these new threads and see where they take me.

Luna, have you considered not changing POV?  Just an idea.

As for writing multiple projects...I am not good at that.  I can research one while I write another, but too many characters in my head for writing multiple stories at once.

I have considered it! I should mention I've never done dual POV's before so maybe that is adding to the confusion/hesitance? It does seem a lot easier to just have one POV and it also helps with increasing tension because you don't know exactly what the other character is thinking. I guess I'm just copying other romance authors who do the back and forth POV. Maybe I could rewrite chapter three without the POV switch. Not sure. I've already rewritten chapters 3-6 because I'm not satisfied with them... I think I might have to brainstorm and outline a bunch to see where this is going.

Yeah, I'm going to scrap the starting a new project idea lol. Thanks for the advice!
 
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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2168 on: June 18, 2021, 03:50:21 AM »
I keep multiple booksgoing at a time. Right now I have 9. All will eventually be finished. :D

If I weren't so slow this would work out much better for me. But, truthfully, this seems to be the only way I'm happy writing. I have 39ish finished titles, most of those being novels and novellas.
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2169 on: June 18, 2021, 04:53:37 AM »
I am hovering at just under 500 words per day for the month.  As of the end of yesterday, it's 492 words per day on average.

That's split between two stories.  One is a short story for my newsletter.  Almost 7k words now and still not done.  Not sure I'm living up to the premise.  The other is the lame space opera that keeps getting longer and longer yet going nowhere.  Doesn't help matters that I have not one but two characters that are (a) pretty dumb and (b) increasingly perverted.  You know what kinds of characters are easy to write?  Stupid perverts.  You can count on them to say or do plenty of stupid and/or perverted things.  How does a smart person change a light bulb?  They just do it.  It's not hard.  How does a stupid person change a light bulb?  Well, when was it last lit?  It might be hot.  They might need to use an oven mitt to grab it.  What if the glass breaks?  Maybe they need to put a plastic bag over it to catch any broken glass should it break while they are grabbing it with the oven mitt.  Does it matter whether the light switch was on or off?  Not really.  Unless you're stupid.  And then you might want to unplug the lamp first.  What about an air gap?  Can the electricity travel through the air from the outlet to the cord?  Smart person knows the answer is no.  Stupid person thinks that maybe the plug should be moved far away from the outlet to safe.  Better yet, go to the electrical panel and switch off the electricity to the outlet.  Which switch?  Better flip them all off to be safe.  Wait.  Can't do that with the oven mitt on.  Is it safe to touch the electrical panel with your bare hand?  Maybe it's better to use a screwdriver.  Wait.  That's metal.  The handle is plastic but what if the electricity melts the plastic and then you get zapped after the plastic melts off?  Better to pull the master switch and turn all the electricity off.  But is it safe to grab that?  Better to use the oven mitt again.  But, wait, if the electrical panel provides electricity to the oven as well as the rest of the house, well, then it might get even hotter than an oven and burn right through the oven mitt.  Then you'll get zapped.  Might be better to use a crowbar.  But that's metal again.  But it's painted.  The paint will protect, right?  Maybe not.  It might be best to climb the electric pole outside and turn it off at the source.  To be safe.  But the wooden ladder won't reach and it'd probably be bad to use a metal ladder.  Maybe just throw a rope up there and climb up that way.  With the oven mitt, of course.  For safety.  And so on.  And that's what makes stupid characters easy to write.  Even more so with dialogue because they have a lot of stupid things to say.  Like they might have said all the aforementioned instead of doing it because they like to talk rather than do.  And so the plot goes nowhere and the word count goes up and it would be fine if it were funny but there's just too much stupid.
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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2170 on: June 18, 2021, 04:43:43 PM »
944 words today.

I think I figured out how to make things flow more: a flashback scene. I don't know why that worked but it did lol. I know flashbacks aren't everyone's cup o' tea but everything makes sense now. At least for chapter 5. I'll be plotting more tomorrow.
 
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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2171 on: June 19, 2021, 03:30:51 AM »
765. Thought I'd be done by now but still about 40 pages to go through on the screenplay before I put it aside for a month and let it sit.
 
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la_luna

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2172 on: June 19, 2021, 11:31:35 AM »
actually ended up writing nearly 1200 words yesterday.

Today...around 320. Except it's all outlining!