Novel Progression

Expect this to be updated on a semi-regular basis on where I’m at with my novel. I dunno, perhaps once a week or so? Something like that, unless I’m really busy or haven’t really made much progression at all. Since this will act as an archive, the older entries will be stacked by the newest at the top and the oldest at the bottom.

Saturday the 5th of December, 2009
12:14 AM (Australian Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time)

Novel: Untitled 1 Inked
Draft: 1
Pages: 89 (Cambria, size 11, Microsoft Word)
Words: 50,012

Thoughts:
I finished the NaNoWriMo on Monday, with about seven or eight hours to spare. I haven’t written anything since then, despite being very close to the ending – the climax itself is even over, if you could have called it a climax. First thing that’s going to be changed in Draft 2 is that next time around, this story is actually going to have a plot without plot holes and incoherent sentences. I’m actually coining whether to even finish the first draft at this point in time, since there’s barely a thousand words to go, if I’m estimating correctly – I might just move right on.

Regardless of that, I think I’ll start writing some other things over the summer holidays so I can get back into the mood to write this one. I’ve got other ideas which would like to be tended to, and not to mention some other things to do. This may or may not include taking it easy for the next two months.

Wednesday the 25th of November, 2009
4:23 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time)

Novel: Untitled 1
Draft: 1
Pages: 71 (Cambria, size 11, Microsoft Word)
Words: 39,144

Thoughts:
Wanted to do up to 40,000, but didn’t. I’ve surpassed my 2,700 word limit by a mere 44 words, which isn’t what I was hoping for, but I have orientation at school, which includes homework and sufficient sleeping hours (hours of which I am notoriously bad at sleeping in). Will definitely hit 40K tomorrow, and will hopefully jack that up to 41,700 or more. If I just keep doing 2,700 a night, I’ll eventually rock up on the Monday deadline with a 50,000 word novel. I’m keeping it up now, so why break the streak? I’ll see if I can get more, though I doubt it. I’m not very fast.

I’m wondering what I’m going to do after the NaNo. I think I might make it my goal to write 25,000 words a month, in total, which is 833.33333333333 etc. words a day after the NaNo finishes, so that I can finally finish all of the writing and fanfiction projects I always seem to put on hold. It’ll be more casual and less rushed, so the quality of the writing will look much better too. For that, I will be glad, as I am currently disgusted with how sloppily I’m writing now. (three guesses why it’s sloppy, heh)

Just gonna keep picking at it. That’s how you get things done. :)

Monday the 23rd of November, 2009
4:23 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time)

Novel: Untitled 1
Draft
: 1
Pages: 57 (Cambria, size 11, Microsoft Word)
Words: 31,359

Thoughts:

I’m going to try and jack the word count up to 35,500 tonight. I’m not sure how well I’m going to accomplish that or how comprehensible it’ll actually be, but since it’s the NaNoWriMo, (and just draft one!) all that really counts is getting the thing out on “paper” right now. I’m not happy with it, I appear to be missing a subplot, and the writing’s really not my best, at any stretch. But hey, fixing all the mistakes up is for Draft 2, right? Still staying positive, and I still reckon I can make the November 30 deadline of 50,000 words.

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