December 1, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Hindsight Rather Than Foresight

Final word count:  50,203
Words this week:  3,181
Average words per day:  1,591

Slow and steady once again “wins” the race. I broke my three-year-long “losing” streak (although any year during which my word count is greater than 0 cannot truly be considered a “loss”). During the first two weeks, it looked doable, but not a slam-dunk. A steady stream of persistence and, mostly, 15-minute word sprints did the trick!

NaNoWriMo 2018 Winner

As for the story itself … yeah, well. At 50,203 words, it’s not a complete novel, so I have plenty of room in there and steer it back in the direction that I had originally wanted it to go. One particularly interesting thing was that it was supposed to be Rusty’s story, but Elizabeth ended up being the made point-of-view character. I’m not quite sure how or why that happened. The muse, as I think we all know, often has a mind entirely of her own.

Until next year … Thank you everyone, as always, for your support and friendship.

November 29, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week Four

Current word count:  47,022
Words this week:  15,752
Average words per day:  2,247

This week’s word count ended exactly where I needed it to in order to ensure a reasonable chance at “winning” this year. The Virtual Write-In helped a lot and accomplished its goal for me: putting my word count “above the line” going to back into a work week for the final five days.

The story progresses. Well … the perhaps the word count does, but I’m not so sure about the plot. I have written myself into kind of a hole. So, far almost nothing has taken place that harkens back to my original story idea. (Yeah, don’t read the summary on my NaNoWriMo page; it is not nearly that story — at least not yet.

One more week to go!

November 22, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week Three

Current word count:  31,290
Words this week:  11,605
Average words per day:  1,658

This week’s word count is not quite where I would want it to be (I usually set a goal of 1,800 words/day, just to make sure to have a buffer for less productive days), but I will definitely take it, as it puts me within (relatively) comfortable range of hitting the 50,000-word target for the end of the month.

The story continues to move along. There is no new action happening and we are finally starting to get some hints of the concept on which I based this entire story. I think they are coming off as a little too obvious, but I can fix that in any rewrites. Also, as tends to happens pretty much every year, the ending of the story came to me about mid-week. As always, I’ll keep that in my proverbial back pocket for days when the muse deigns to be stubborn.

Until next week . . . Thank you everyone, on this day and every day, for your support and friendship.

November 15, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week Two

Current word count:  19,685
Words this week:  12,529
Average words per day:  1,790

This is way better progress than I had at this point last year. Again, I am pleased and surprised by this word count, as I am rapidly approached what I expected to be my word count for the entire month.

The story continues to grow steadily, but things are finally started to happen. I still haven’t gotten to the part that sparked my idea for the story in the first place. I don’t know whether to be concerned or pleased with that (from a word count perspective). Surprisingly, I suffered very little from the Week Two Slump. However, Star Trek: Discovery being released on Blu-ray this week was not appreciated.

Until next week . . . Write long and prosper!

November 8, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Week One

Current word count:  7,156
Words this week:  7,156
Average words per day:  1,022

This is far better progress than I had at this point last year. In fact, I am rather pleased and surprised by this word count, considering all of the other demands on my time this week.

The story is growing slowly, but steadily. I don’t feel blocked yet at this point. At least, I have ideas for some scenes that need to come up next. I think those should get me through Week Two. Week Three could be a whole other … um, well … story.

Until next week . . . Write on!

October 31, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Report: Keeping in Character

Yes, it’s already NaNoWriMo time again …

Until early yesterday, I barely had a clue what this year’s novel might be. Then I remembered a story that has been occasionally, albeit persistently, all year. After the absence of a few years, I am returning to the space opera universe of my Emerald Flight series.

Back in 2014, I was inspired to tell the backstory of the Tactical Officer, Lieutenant Geoffrey Hawkes. This year, it’s time to tell the tale behind the Chief Engineer, Russell “Rusty” Rayna. Although I did not originally create the character, I always had an idea what some of his real “story” was. While some of it was directly referenced in an earlier story (well, actually, teleplay), “Derelict Duties”, that describes his first encounter with Captain — then a young lieutenant — Devereux, his entire his personal history has never been fully explored before.

I hope I can do Rusty’s character justice. And thank you, Lisa!

You can, as always, track my progress here.

December 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Report: The Continuing Mission

Final word count: 10,232
Average words per day: 341

Well, that wraps it up for this year’s NaNoWriMo.

My word count was not the 25,000 words that I had originally planned, but I’ll definitely take the 10,232 words that I did manage to produce this year. That’s roughly twice what I achieved last year, so that’s definitely a good thing. (Any word count greater than zero… right?)

The story itself went off into an unexpected that: 1) makes sense, but, 2) is going to be interesting to resolve. I believe that I have managed to recapture much of the original “tone” of the original story, but this one is turning out to be a slightly different book. Funny how that seems to happen in sequels and followup stories, huh?

With effort and luck, the final version of this story might see print by August. We shall see . . .

November 30, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Report: Week Four

Current word count: 8.911
Words this week: 1,843
Average words per day: 263

It was not exactly a stellar week in terms of word count. I really had expected to hit 10,000 words by this point, but it looks like I will probably have to settle for 10,000 words as my end goal for this year.

The story has stayed chiefly focused on the playing out a specific scene and sequence, which is interesting because it’s a scene and place I probably would never have imagined the story would go when I first started writing it. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Only two more days to go, so write on!

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