Friday, August 20, 2010

Here we go again . . .

Though I’ve been working on my novel every day, it doesn’t seem like it when this is my current word count:

It looks like I haven’t done much at all, but in reality I have . . . honest! This word count doesn’t reflect the nearly 10,000 words I ended up cutting and all the revising I did in the first few chapters to incorporate a new aspect of the novel.

Though I love the new direction the novel is taking, it meant I had to do some major reworking/editing/cutting. Several scenes were reworked, and a few had to be cut out entirely! I’m not sure they’ll be able to be recycled. While this makes me sad for all the time I spent writing them, in the end, this new dimension will add more depth and is worth it!

So, while I’m not going to reach my goal of being done by the 23rd, (I’m still going to write like crazy and get as much done by then as I can), I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.

And, I’m setting a new goal of being finished by September 11th (one of my sister’s has a birthday then).

I’m actually hoping to be finished before then, but decided to give myself some leeway since I don’t often get much writing done over the weekends (needing to spend time with the kids and all that).

I’m still playing around with my scheduling and trying to find out what works best for me. Right now I write while my kids are in school (like now . . . but I’m on a lunch break). When they get home, we have homework, dinner, and then it’s time for bed when hubby likes to relax in front of the TV.

I’m not very good with writing while the TV is going so it ends up that what I write during the day is pretty much what I get written.

But, I’m thinking of changing things around and writing at night after the kids have gone to bed (going in the living room) because I get a lot of inspiration then and there aren’t as many distractions during those hours. Plus, I can try to sleep during the day when the kids are in school . . . right? ;-)

Anyway, my lunch break is over (I only give myself 1/2 hour), so I must get back to writing.

How are things going for all of you out there?

Write on!


Kimberly said...

I'm trying to get myself in gear and get more done. My original goal was to finish my current WIP by the end of August - that won't happen. :)

It's hard to find time to write with the loads of responsibilities we have - but it looks like you are getting there!

I'm rooting for you to make your goal!

Joan Strading said...

Yeah, those goals seem to pass us by, and we are left wondering where the time went.

How about we both try to have ours done by Sept. 11th! I'll root you on. =)

Kimberly said...

That is a hefty goal but I'm totally game. I'll root for you too! It'll help to keep each other in check and no matter what, I'm sure we'll get a good word count under our belts, er fingers. :)

I'm looking to get to about 50-55,000 words because typically I find that I add on during the revision process.

If your still in, I'm in.