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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1545 on: January 23, 2018, 03:12:09 PM »
I had 3700 yesterday. I'm at 21,000 words for the month, but I've only written six days out of twenty-two.

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1546 on: January 26, 2018, 04:46:44 PM »
I'm at 27,000 for January on "The College's Talent", but that is up to a week ago, been helping someone move house and re-reading the unfinished "The Legal Talent", though it seems nearly complete (6th version of draft as I change my mind), obviously more novella style at the moment as it's 41,000 words. The Mission' Talent is 79K (needs more work). The Solar Alliance (one of the earlier books in series) is 143K.

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1547 on: February 13, 2018, 08:08:53 AM »
So I've been working on this novel for 8 years, but my imagination has wayyy outstripped my progress.

I've only written one book (and re-written it 100 times) but I've imagined 7-8 books worth of events, and when I'm inspired I sit down and write a scene that takes place who knows when.  The problem is I made new versions of my outline, made outlines for specific books there are some scenes in some places others in other places, sometimes I went back and added to the original, sometimes I made a new version on a USB and who knows. Sometimes I wrote two completely different versions of the same scene and they're in totally random places. So I have like 15 files, completely random as to whats identical and what's not, NOT chronological (often I'll write a climactic scene then I'll immediately think of a good scene or two that would foreshadow it) and I need to consolidate them but I want to stab myself in the face. (and that's just the outline.  I've got hundreds of versions of the WIP, entirely disorganized with completely inconsistent naming systems, and I've changed the names of places and characters more times than I can count so searching the documents are a mess)

I'd just delete it all, but honestly I was a much better writer 5 years ago.  My turns of phrase have gotten sparse and workmanlike.  So yeah, the average reader probably doesn't care that version 1.27 was better than version 7.64 BUT I KNOW!!!!  God this is a mess.

I seriously want to jump off a cliff right now.
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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1548 on: February 13, 2018, 10:18:29 AM »
@Bradley Darewood , you remind me of the making of the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. He wrote, like, 85 verses that made no sense at all from one to the other, kept changing them, recorded the song twice,  none of it struck a chord. A different artist heard something in it, and selected a way smaller group of verses which he ordered in a way that made sense to him. He recorded it; and it went nowhere. Then a third artist - Jeff Buckley - heard the obscure cover of the obscure song and recorded an obscure cover of the cover. The song went nowhere. Until.Buckley died and the thing took off. Now everyone covers Buckley’s cover of the cover of Cohen mash of song and it’s considered Cohen greatest work.

Take what lessons you will from the story,  it my thought is: pick a subplot out of all this that can stand on its own and write a long short story or a novella. Get a success (as you would feel it) under your belt. Then go bigger.

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1549 on: February 13, 2018, 11:10:51 AM »
Idk Jmack-- the story in my head is too big for a subplot.  There are things I'm excited to get to that take a lot of time to build to, and that's the whole point of the exercise. I think I need to do the opposite and just speed up this awful revision thing and even if this series is just trash I have to write it or I'll die unhappy and unfulfilled.

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1550 on: March 07, 2018, 03:04:32 AM »
Manage to write a whole new short story, rewrite another short story I've written several months prior, and make some progress on the first chapter of my WIP. This week is a great writing week!  8)

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1551 on: August 15, 2018, 12:05:09 PM »
Since installing Scrivener, I've noticed my word counts are holding steady higher than they used to. Despite being busy with work, I'm getting my 3000 word a week minimum almost every week

Today's count is a little under 500, but I'm well on track for where I want to be.

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1552 on: August 24, 2018, 04:13:56 PM »
500 words today - the only problem is I don't know whether they're any good or not!

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1553 on: September 15, 2018, 05:02:09 AM »
After months of hiatus, managed to write around 2000 words for my WIP, but I ran out of the writing steam again hahah.  :P

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1554 on: September 15, 2018, 05:44:15 AM »
I tried rewriting my agent pitch yesterday... Which is funny because it's taking me months and months to revise chapter 1 at this speed it will take me 70-105 months (9 years?) to revise the whole book and even being submitting

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1555 on: September 16, 2018, 04:26:13 PM »
don't know whether they're any good or not!
You never will.
You can't trust critics. High sales are good, but doesn't tell you which, if any, words are good.
Only written a few hundred today, but up to about 68K words on Carmán's Legacy. No target length. It's book #14 in one of my series and may be the last, though I thought that before (Celtic Otherworld).
Books #6, #7 & #8 out in August & September. Book #6 was a bottleneck as I was having difficulties, so I wrote #7 to #13 while I thought about it! 

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1556 on: December 11, 2018, 10:48:18 PM »
The fact that no one has posted here since August reinforces how quiet it’s gotten at F-F.  :'(

But, for,the record, i’m Over 3,000 the last two,days working on a 5,000 word story challenge. Almost every other writer probably doesn’t get this, but i’ve Been writing flash fiction under 1,500 words so singularly, that the experience of writing a longer story is pretty daunting.

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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1557 on: December 14, 2018, 12:31:27 PM »
Story is up to 5,700 words, and I expect it needs another 1,000 to complete the first draft.
Hmm. Story limit of 5,000.
5,700 + 1,000 <> 5,000.

This might be a problem.
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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1558 on: December 14, 2018, 01:14:10 PM »
6,700 words of first draft can be easily cut/distilled back down to 5000 I've found. ...easily... yep, easily. Don't question it. It can totally be done. *cries*  In all honesty, it's great for teaching yourself to self-edit and trimming off the fat of a story.

Personally I'm not writing all that much. I'm currently re-reading an older work in progress I had to stop to write God of Broken Things, so that I can get back up the the point where I can start writing new stuff and taking it forward into the third act.




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Re: How much did you write today?
« Reply #1559 on: December 14, 2018, 03:08:41 PM »
None today, but I managed 2000 over the week and have now finished  my normal work until 3rd jan.  So i’ m hoping to hit 80k on the WIP by New Year’s Eve.

I feel like this ‘middle’ bit has gone on for ages, as i’m Writing it that it drags and because it’s been hard work, I feel it’s going to end up being heavily cut when it’s done.  I’m hoping it’s not all awful!!

I’m also trying to resist getting sidetracked as I loved the future plans of a short story I wrote last month so much I want to write that instead, but I fear the main big beast will never get done if I go off on that track. I guess it only feels tempting because it’s an easier idea.  Less worldbuilding!  My writing buddy keeps trying to remind me i’m In charge of my story, but it doesn’t feel that way sometimes.