Excuses. An update.

Busy is still my middle name. At this time of year things have usually slowed to a crawl so I can tackle the festive panic with wide eyes and aching heartburn. Not so this year. On top of that, this is also the first year I’ve had to deal with the presence of greedy little ankle biters. At my age, it’s been a steep learning curve.

All this means my 20k splatter extravaganza is coming along slower than I’d hoped (one day I’ll manage a 17.5k run again). The makie-it-up-as-you-go thing still feela kind of slow, but it’s also making my creative brain run on overdrive. I still don’t know much about what’s going to happen, but it turns out my protag is some kind of martial artist (which is handy) and that the action has shifted to a secondary world. I’ve got a rough idea of how things are going to end but that may well change. I’ll see when I get there.

I have to say I’m constantly tempted to grab a pencil and work a quick outline, but I went into this with the intention of writing blind and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. What is interesting is that I’ve crossed off my scheduled minimum daily word count every day since starting. Although some days the words take longer to form than on others, they are coming each and every day.

That’s pretty unprecedented. I have more unfinished manuscripts choking my hard drive than I do extra pounds of fat around my waist. One of them, a fully plotted space oper adventure, was killed well into the 30k mark. I can’t say for sure, but I think the reason for my uninterrupted writing might stem from the face every day is a little voyage of discovery. That said ‘The Story So Far’ (I know, shite working title) is no where near 30k.

I’ve also been reading some stuff by the Realm and Sands guys, which I’d like to go into on a later post. For now though, I have a word count to spit out so have a nice weekend and I’ll catch up later.

How much is too much coffee?

Chapter two took half as long as chapter one. I guess that’s creative flow kicking in. Apparently my protagonist is a delivery driver and he doesn’t get on with coppers. He’s also prone to headaches of various origins.

A while ago, I mentioned Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith. I’ve tried using his method before, but not had a lot of luck (outside of short stories). Since I’m going in blind on this little project, I am going to take note of some of his advice.

Smith reckons you can write a novel straight off the bat, no outline, in one draft. To do this, all you need to do is crank out a chapter, edit typos, punctuation etc, then make notes of important doo dads (character description, potential Checkov’s guns etc) and bear all that in mind for following chapters. Although it flies in the face of modern writing advice, it (at least on the surface) seems plausible.

All that said, I’ve got my pen and notepad beside me as I write. I’ve just finishing chapter two and will crack on with chapter 3 (after I’ve walked the dogs and refilled my mega mug).

It being 13:00 and having some unavoidable commitments ahead of me, I don’t think I’ll be getting 20k words done today. For that, I’d definitely need an outline and a copy of Rachel Aaron’s 2-10k


Busy Bank Holiday

February 14th this year I decided to see if I could write a novella in 24hrs. If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll already know that although I managed to churn out over 17,500 words in a 12 hour sitting, I didn’t actually finish the story. I took it both as a win and a loss (although I have to admit it mostly felt like a loss).

Here I am, a month and a half later with not one but two shiny new e-books available through Amazon. My original intention was to write and self-publish one novella-length work every three months, so I’m actually ahead of the game. I’m quite happy with this turn of events, although I have to admit I’m already beating myself up for not having outlined my next project, but I guess that just comes from being a writer.

Anyway, if you’re interested in checking out either of the books, you can take a look at them here.