Writing FayTown Calling 6/15/14

Better today than last night. This afternoon I worked on the section that’s been troubling me, adding 1,250 words to the story.

Not a lot more than that. Usually, I have something to add about storytelling or writing…but, nope.

Anyway, this week is going to be a bit dicey as far as time goes. That’s not really any different than usual, it’s what held up last week, so I’m declaring a plan. Get up early and spend time making new words with a goal of a thousand before I leave for work. At night, do the same thing, or, edit. There is a lot of polish I need to start adding to the story now that things have passed by, so it’s time for that second coat of paint.

That’s the plan. See ya’ll tomorrow.

Day 12 and 13 Writing FayTown Calling

Yeah, it didn’t take long for me to miss a day.

To recap, Monday was my eleventh day of keeping a log on FayTown Calling. Tuesday would have been my twelfth except I never got around to writing or even making a record of not writing. It was a busy day, work, child, wife, sleepy.

Twelve was a bust but I got up early today (Tuesday) and wrote before work, knocking out the second half of the section I worked on Monday. I’m writing this post before going to bed because it was another long day and I’m exhausted. I’ll be getting up early tomorrow to write though with a second session at night. My wife will be working on a paper and the spawn will be with his grandparents, so a bit extra time.

Will update tomorrow.

UPDATE: Okay, changed my mind and ended up starting the next section. Wrote 500 words. Not much, but enough to make me feel like I did something with the thirty minutes I had.

Day 11 of Writing FayTown Calling

Yep, keeping with the same number.

(In case there’s any doubt, this is day 11 of the record, not day 11 since start. I’ve been writing this for like a year and a half.)

Got home at about 8:30, gave my son his bath, spent a little time with him, and read him a color of his own. Then it was off to beddy-bye (we’re normally much better about that but I had class so this was a late night).

I worked on half a section, knocking out a conversation between Virgil and the villain, and started on the action scene that makes up the rest of the section. It’s moving along. This was a scene from the very first draft that I had a lot of fun with so to be able to polish it up and flesh it out with more detail has been a good time. No idea how many words, it said it was only 107 but apparently Scrivener counts what is taken out as well as what you add.

That’s my night. Not a lot, but every little bit adds up.

Day 10 of 10 Writing FayTown Calling

My last day. Tomorrow I return to work, return to an avalanche of emails and things to take care of. This has been a good lesson, helping me to get back in the habit of writing, and more importantly, moving me leaps and bounds toward having FayTown Calling completed.

I hate to end it like this, but I didn’t write much today. Getting two hours of sleep will do that. I wrote a scene and cleaned up a few other things, but that was pretty much it. That’s seven-thousand words for the weekend and I’m happy with everything I have.

Going forward, I plan on keeping this up. I hope it’s enjoyable for others but really that’s to keep me accountable. I’m not committing to anything, because I can see this steadily falling to the wayside, but it’s something I plan on keeping up.

I will have an update on the release of FayTown Calling soon, can’t wait to get it out there.

Day 9 of 10 Writing FayTown Calling

It’s seven in the morning and I’m pretty sure I’m done writing for now. I got a few hours of sleep, fully intending to actually go to bed, then woke up and stayed that way. This turned out to be a mixed blessing as I then wrote 4,200 words that I am very, very happy with.

The afternoon netted be over 2,000 giving me a total of around 6,500 words for day nine. That bleeds into Sunday (day 10) so I don’t really know how to count it, but whatever, I’m calling that day nine.

Currently, the story is at 112, 391 words. If you’re scratching your head at that total, that’s because of a lot of cannibalization of previous words. Those don’t get counted in my word count for the day, but obviously do for the total. Because so much is getting recycled, and so much getting cut because it no longer fits with what I have written, I have a wonky word count.

So, where am I on the total story?

A lot of what I’ve done over the past few days needs review before I can say I’m happy, but the right ideas are on paper. All they need is some polish. I am happy with over half the story, but still haven’t been able to make it to the climax where things Get Real (which also needs heavy surgery to see what can and can’t be kept, and new words to go along with what I’ve written).  This will prove difficult over the next few weeks. I will write intermittently today, but won’t be able to marathon it like I’ve been doing. I go back to work tomorrow (and have class after that) and will be coming back to a week and a half of emails and a very busy workload. Balancing that with writing will be challenging.

I do, however, plan on continuing this log past the day 10 mark. I know I’m not going to get done everything I wanted, but I’ve accomplished a lot. Not as much as some people can (I don’t know how people can write a whole book in a month, ten days, etc.) but enough for me to say this has been a success.

My last update will be this evening with today’s writing. Beyond that, we will see how long it takes.