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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2200 on: September 23, 2021, 09:50:25 AM »
If I maintain my current pace, I'll beat my August word count, so, yay!  Although writing three stories at the same time is not easy.  And the lame space opera is just dragging along.  I'm afraid to check the word count on the current chapter.

Also, some of you may remember some of the drawings I've posted previously in the thread.  I have a special project I'm going to do and need some feedback as to which drawing should be used.  I have a poll in the Deep Space Infinity forum here and would appreciate votes/feedback/etc.  Thanks!
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2201 on: October 02, 2021, 04:02:26 AM »
I bested my August word count.  Went from under 400 words per day to just over 500.  This was primarily thanks to a last minute push yesterday to hit the 500 word average.  Otherwise, I would have been just under 500 which doesn't sound as impressive as just over 500.

I'm going to pause my superhero story this month and maybe come back to it sometime in the future.  At 20k words in, it's not going anywhere, probably because while I had an idea for the characters and basic story, I never had a real plot.  And plodding along isn't creating a plot either.  So, best to put it on the backburner until I figure something out.  Bummer is that it is a sequel of sorts to another story I wrote, which has not yet been published.  I planned on publishing it this year and this sequel-ish next year.  Don't know what I'll do there yet.  Maybe publish anyway and if there is or isn't a sequel, no big deal.

Will probably keep going on the lame space opera even though it, too, isn't going anywhere.

I am thinking that, using the terms often-used though not ones I particularly prefer, that I am a pantser when I am able to do humor but a plotter otherwise.  I need an outline otherwise it just goes off the rails which is fine for humorous stuff but not necessarily anything else.  When I was younger, I could plot things out in my head and that could be enough, but now if I do that I'll probably forget it by the end of the week, which is really problematic if it's a Thursday.  So, I need to write stuff down.  Prime example is the name and title of a project I am currently working on.  Was close to a name but that name was too close to something else.  So, I didn't write it down because I hadn't finalized it.  Well, when I got back to the project, I had forgotten both the name I had come up with and whatever it was that it was close to, which meant I had to start from scratch.  So, new name is fine, I think, but now there's that nagging feeling that maybe the first idea was a better direction.

On the drawing front, some of you may remember this one:
I still do a daily drawing as well.  Here is today's:



I show little to no improvement which is why this guy is an alien because his species, while appearing human with large eyes, also shares characteristics with fiddler crabs in that one hand is significantly larger than the other.  You would think he would carry his weapon in his smaller hand and use the larger hand for fighting off enemies, but the space military he serves with didn't design their weapons for people with tiny hands.  Some of his people protested, but they found themselves accidentally expelled from an airlock when they found themselves trapped after following some bad directions to the meeting room and their tiny hands were too small to press the emergency override button and their larger hands too big to press the same button.

Or not.  Regardless, I've been redoing and fine-tuning it.  The initial redo looked too boy-ish, so I tweaked it and now he looks more like a twelve year old than a seven year old, so I guess that's a step in the right direction.  The goal is that he look young, but like in his twenties not his teens.  Oy.
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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2202 on: October 02, 2021, 04:53:50 AM »
I don't think he looks like a teenager. I'd say early twenties fits him just fine. :)
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2203 on: October 02, 2021, 05:07:40 AM »
I don't think he looks like a teenager. I'd say early twenties fits him just fine. :)

The redo is where he looks twelve.
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2204 on: October 05, 2021, 11:42:05 AM »
I was feeling pretty confident in my redo until I did a better side-by-side comparison and--ugh--it's kind of better but much, much worse at the same time.

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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2205 on: October 17, 2021, 02:41:13 AM »
I'm trying to restart a daily writing routine. I'll post word counts for some accountability. It's likely to be embarrassing for a while though. :)

Hahaha...

I am finally getting back into the swing of things. I've been editing a story I meant to publish two years ago and will start writing again today after I finish publishing. :) My last published work was 22.8 months ago. My burnout or whatever you want to call it finally seems to have come to an end. Thank you lord. I was kind of getting sick of myself. :D

(I've done some minor writing here and there this last two years, but I never could get any momentum up. I've always had cycles of 3-6 months where I just don't want to write at all, but never anything as long as this last one. For the women here, I actually think oncoming menopause really knocked me off my game far more than I expected, so I don't really believe it was burnout in the sense of being sick of writing. I had no idea the hormone changes would affect my mental state to such a degree.)
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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2206 on: October 30, 2021, 03:16:25 AM »
Published last week. I tried to start writing the next day but I've ended up spending my time doing tedious follow-up publishing stuff. :) However, today I think I'll finally get started writing again, because I think I finally got it all done.

But yay! I finally published something after a *very* long break! I was actually worried I'd fall back into that funk I've been in and not get it done this month.
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2207 on: November 02, 2021, 01:57:16 AM »
I bested my August word count.  Went from under 400 words per day to just over 500.  This was primarily thanks to a last minute push yesterday to hit the 500 word average.  Otherwise, I would have been just under 500 which doesn't sound as impressive as just over 500.

Bested September's word count too.  Went from just over 500 words per day on average to an average of almost 1,300 words per day.  Also beat March's total word count which had been my best month of the year.

Downside is that a good chunk of words were for the lame space opera and I'm thinking it's possible a majority of them will end up being cut.  I have a chapter that's about 70k words which is mostly dialogue.  The first roughly 10k is a group of characters mostly arguing amongst themselves about what to do to stop the bad guy; the remaining 60k are two characters in a dialogue.  If it had a plot of its own, it could possibly be its own book.  Perhaps not a good one but a book.

Upside is that I have 31 short stories to polish up.
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Jeff Tanyard

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2208 on: November 02, 2021, 06:21:45 AM »
I have a chapter that's about 70k words which is mostly dialogue. 


I hope it has lots of asterisk breaks.   :icon_eek:

Seriously, though, Sanderson did this sort of thing--a novel-length chapter--in the last WoT book, and it was tedious as hell for this reader.
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2209 on: November 02, 2021, 06:29:06 AM »
I hope it has lots of asterisk breaks.   :icon_eek:

Only between the 10k section and the 60k section.
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2210 on: November 03, 2021, 07:03:55 AM »
783.

So basically I haven't written since I published in April. Big dud of a book. 600 page dud. I'm back in school now (Medical Billing and Coding certificate program) and I spent the time from April to July putting my first trilogy on Radish only to have that turn into a big old dud too. My plan had been to continue with my first trilogy on Radish, write up a full season over the summer and release once or twice a week while I wrote another season while going to school. But all the dudness messed with me and I haven't written anything.

So I got the bookbub on the trilogy and yesterday I went hiking with my friend and she basically yelled at me (nicely - she's good at that) to start writing again and I had all these plans for the trilogy characters so I'm going for it.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2211 on: November 03, 2021, 07:09:40 AM »
Big dud of a book. 600 page dud.

What genre?
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2212 on: November 03, 2021, 07:14:19 AM »
That was book 2 of my WWII book. Post war.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2213 on: November 03, 2021, 09:13:13 AM »
783.

So basically I haven't written since I published in April. Big dud of a book. 600 page dud. I'm back in school now (Medical Billing and Coding certificate program) and I spent the time from April to July putting my first trilogy on Radish only to have that turn into a big old dud too. My plan had been to continue with my first trilogy on Radish, write up a full season over the summer and release once or twice a week while I wrote another season while going to school. But all the dudness messed with me and I haven't written anything.

So I got the bookbub on the trilogy and yesterday I went hiking with my friend and she basically yelled at me (nicely - she's good at that) to start writing again and I had all these plans for the trilogy characters so I'm going for it.

Yay!!!  I'm so glad, Amanda.  I was hoping you'd embrace your writing again.  :dog1:

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notthatamanda

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2214 on: November 03, 2021, 09:50:22 AM »
Thanks, Lorri.  :dog1:
 
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Jeff Tanyard

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2215 on: November 03, 2021, 02:32:35 PM »
So I got the bookbub on the trilogy and yesterday I went hiking with my friend and she basically yelled at me (nicely - she's good at that) to start writing again and I had all these plans for the trilogy characters so I'm going for it.


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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2216 on: November 06, 2021, 01:03:48 AM »
616. Oof I'm a little rusty. Maybe some more later. I'm also doing read aloud on my screen play adaption of my first book for entry into a contest in January, that's kind of my top priority right now.

I will say I got my syllabus for one of my classes for my semester that starts next week and I am FREAKING OUT. Just like I freaked out at the beginning of this semester, but I got it done. I'm going to try to spend at least 15 minutes a day writing no matter what.
 
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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2217 on: November 08, 2021, 01:07:27 AM »
660 words yesterday

Best day I've had writing in almost a year. Which is scary but true. :D New book is moving along nicely. Woke up thinking about the story, which is another thing that hasn't happened in a good long time. :)

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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2218 on: November 10, 2021, 06:54:50 AM »
669.  Not doing too great on my pledge to write 15 minutes every day so I have to try a little harder on that.
 
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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2219 on: November 16, 2021, 04:38:47 AM »
This last week was probably my best week of writing in nearly a year. That's not saying much so don't get excited for me. 1,710 new words.

But it is good news. I'm writing almost daily again! Next goal is to write every day this week. Sun-Mon. Yesterday I wrote 140 words, but spent most of my time getting familiar with a wip again. :)
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2220 on: November 17, 2021, 03:38:16 AM »
1281. Getting back in shape.

If I have jury duty on Monday I'll take the book with me and write like crazy. I really need to work on my college courses, but I don't want to take the lap top and the course I can get by without the laptop is literally 10 lbs of books so I guess I'll bring the new novel. But I would really like to not have jury duty.
 
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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2221 on: November 18, 2021, 02:06:54 PM »
Today was my highest word count day since 12/2/20, so the improvements continue. :) I'm happy that writing is going well. I mean, I still want to throw my laptop and pull out my hair about 3/4ths of the time, and I swear I'm writing about 100 words an hour, but I'm a lot happier when I'm writing versus when I'm not writing, so there's that. ;D
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Lorri Moulton

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2222 on: November 22, 2021, 08:16:17 AM »
I have been busy with business rather than writing...but hope to get back to it next week.  I'm working on three related short (shorter) stories that I hope to have finished before Christmas.
Not sure of the word count, but somewhere between short story and novella.  Maybe novelette.  :dog1:

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Lynn

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2223 on: November 30, 2021, 06:18:34 AM »
I love novella and novelette sized stories. And yet... every time I write a story I end up writing a damn novel. :D

(I do write some shorter fiction, but not nearly as much as I wish, not for lack of trying.)

This month's word count has been much better than the entire earlier part of the year by orders of magnitude. I've logged something every day since the 19th and wrote something most days since the 1st.

I've decided I'm going to write every day for a while. I think I'll try to do it for all of 2022, even if I'm doing other things. A ten or fifteen minute sprint should be plenty to make sure I don't fail.

I'm going to try to work my way up to a small quota for the daily writing, but I'll start with 50, since that's the title of this thread. :-)
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #2224 on: December 02, 2021, 08:58:58 AM »
If I would have written 40 more words yesterday, I would have just beaten October's daily average and 1,314 more words total would have beaten October's daily word count.  As it is, my daily word count average was down from October by 0.10%.

Downside is that a lot of the words I've written this year are for the lame space opera and I suspect I will probably end up editing out a large portion of them.  So, my count of viable words is yet to be determined.
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