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Friday, 29 July 2011

Weekly Writing - Very Little

I haven't written anything this week. Well I might have written a shopping list but apart from that - zilch!

If you read my post last week you'll know that my Grandad died last week and that I was giving up on camp NaNoWriMo.

I've spent most of the week in a specific cycle, get up go to work, come home, go to my Grandad's house to help sort things out, come home and go to bed.

The funeral is on Monday so hopefully I'll get writing again once everything is all over and sorted out.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Weekly Writing - Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 & Why I Admit Defeat

I have written very little this week. I officially throw in the towel for this session of Camp NaNoWriMo. I ran out of story and I haven't really felt like writing this week. I tried writing short stories instead to tide me over but my heart wasn't in it.

This is this weeks word counts:

Friday 15th: 1517
Saturday 16th: 0
Sunday 17th: 687
Monday 18th: 500
Tuesday 19th: 727
Wednesday 20th: 0
Thursday 21st: 0

Total for week: 3431 words

Total word count: 20361 words

Last Friday just before I posted my Weekly Writing post I found out my Grandad had lung cancer. Unfortunately he died in the early hours of this morning. So you'll understand why I haven't been in a writing mood this last week.

I'll give it another shot in November, but for now NaNoWriMo is over for me.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Coming In August: The Spark Blogfest

Yes you are quite right, I should be writing for NaNoWriMo... but clearly I'm not right now.

So while I'm having a break (that has lasted a few hours now) I thought I'd tell you about a blogfest I've signed up for.

Christine Tyler over at The Writer Coaster is hosting a blogfest. It is happening from 22nd to 26th August ( so you've got plenty of time to think yet) and this is what it's all about:

"What book made you realize you were doomed to be a writer? 
What author set off that spark of inspiration for your current Work in Progress?
Or, Is there a book or author that changed your world view?

As writers, we're always striving to get out a message of inspiration to others. This blogfest is a celebration for those who have done this for us. Join the Spark Blogfest, aka Sparkfest, by posting your answer to any of the three prompts above (or make one up as long as it fits the theme)."
There will be prizes too so check out Christine's blog using the link above and sign up!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Weekly Writing - Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2

You can tell it's week 2 because I've lost the ability to type! My words keep coming out with their letters all in a muddle - it happened in November and it's happening again now. It will take me ages after July to get back to typing correctly... and then we'll be round to November again.

Anyway there was panic stations this week when I realised that I was running out of story. And I couldn't work out why at first.

I said to myself: 'Self, how come James Patterson and Karin Slaughter... and all the other thriller writers out there, can make a story last longer than this?'

Then a little voice in my head said: 'It's because they all have people getting married or having babies or something other than the main story going on.'

That's what I'd forgotten about. I have no sub stories whatsoever!!! Well I'm starting to weave one in at the moment, and I've got a last one more I can work in to somewhere.

Then I realised something else I'd been doing... or not. In a lot of books about writing they say don't have really long descriptions. Don't bore the ready with details they don't need. So I seem to have managed to write the story with out any description whatsoever. For all the reader would know my MC could be nine feet tall, green with a tree growing out of their head (they are not like that).

However I've been able to turn some of this around due to a book I'm reading. The Art of War For Writers by James Scott bell is the 'writing' book I'm currently reading. And it has already had an impact on me. I mentioned the other week that I was reading it and I was already planning weekly writing 'quotas' for after NaNo. Well this week I took James Scott Bell's advice again - in a first draft describe things as much as you want. In every way possible. Then you can edit out what you don't need later. The same goes for how characters are feeling. But I won't go in to too much detail as you should really buy the book... I think it is very good.

So this week's word counts from last Friday until yesterday:

Friday 8th - 740
Saturday 9th - 1375
Sunday 10th - 1281
Monday 11th -2053
Tuesday 12th - 597
Wednesday 13th - 1971
Thursday 14th - 1925

Total: 9942 words

Grand total: 16930 words

So I'm still behind. But I'm currently trying to write about 2000 words a day to catch up. Split in to four 500 word chunks so it doesn't seem so bad.

And for those who need a few pointers on increasing your word count do go and read Elspeth's 10 Ways to Reach Your Word Count Goals

You never know next week I may be back on track!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Weekly Writing - Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1

Week one of Camp NaNoWriMo is all done and dusted.

And I am behind with my word count. Mainly because I didn't actually start until 9pm on day three! But hopefully I'll catch up a bit this weekend.

So since Friday this is how my word counts have gone:

Friday 1st - 0
Saturday 2nd - 0
Sunday 3rd - 639
Monday 4th - 1419
Tuesday 5th - 1692
Wednesday 6th - 1411
Thursday 7th - 1827

Total - 6988 words

I haven't included today's words because... well today isn't over so who knows how much more I'll write today (well it's probably very little because I'm going out to a retirement party tonight - unfortunately it's not mine).

Til next week - toodle-oo!

Friday, 1 July 2011

Weekly Writing - Camp NaNoWriMo Has Begun

But I haven't...

I have decided to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo in July rather than August.

However I'm not 100% well today. Still got a cold. I might try and get a few words done tonight. But I'm out all day tomorrow so I'll get very little done then.

However I managed to complete NaNoWriMo last year with two days to spare. Plus there is an extra day in July so I should still be able to do it... fingers crossed.

Anyway other than that dilemma this week I actually started reading The Art of War For Writers by James Scott Bell. So far it's good. The chapters are short but informative. I was only twenty pages in and I was already making plans on a weekly word quota to aim for. Although that should probably wait until after Camp NaNo - see if I can stick to a word count without a deadline.

So I will use my Weekly Writing posts to update you on my NaNo-ing. Hopefully there will have been some serious NaNo-ing by this time next week.

Inspirational Tunes - July 2011

July is here!

And this month's inspirational tune is:

Don't Stop Believin' by Journey