I’m glad that Nano is over! I can go back to writing at a slow and glacial pace! I laugh out loud, but it’s true. Ever since I hit 50k, my writing has slowed. It’s taken me about a week to get almost halfway done with Episode 5 of Heroes of Lunde. It’s supposed to be a two-parter, but I’m unsure how I can make this happen since I’m horrible at cliffhangers. I’m also still pantsing, so I’m not sure if what I come up with will support a two-parter. I’m going to try.
I’ve been a little stressed because I don’t currently have a job. I’ve been “enjoying” sleeping in until noon or 1:00, but it’s all adding up to my depression about not having a purpose. I’m “supposed” to move to Phoenix in March, but I’m losing the startup money I got because of my extravagant spending. What does this have to do with writing? I’m not using the extra time I have to do any writing, like I wanted to. Having a job helped me prioritize my writing time. Now that I have all the time in the world, I’m not so focused on writing. I take that time to play on Facebook and sleep. I need to learn the discipline of making writing my job. I want to become a successful writer who makes a living off of my writing. How can I do that if I can’t prioritize my time? I need to organize my time! Meowth! That’s right!
I hope to get The Heroes of Lunde published in 2018. I need this to happen! I hope I can identify what’s stopping me and overcome it. I need help and faith.
See, I already stopped updating because I hit my 50k. I was doing so well with keeping this up to date. I didn’t do a lot of writing since I hit 50k.
Words Written Today: 626
Total Word Count: 55,065
Day 19: I went to a write-in at the library and two other people were there! I was pretty happy about this! I got a lot of words done. I was able to write about Chrys’ betrayal of Quil and Jaco.
Words Written Today: 2,375
Total Word Count: 57,440
Day 20: I went to a write-in at IHOP, but not much got done. We simply ate and chatted. Then I went to Black Crown and met a lovely young couple and chatted with them for three hours. No writing got done! 😦
Words Written Today: 425
Total Words Written: 57,865
I see that the validation has started on the site. I’m tempted to validate. I really should. I’m not trying to be an overachiever this year. I think I will!
Let me tell you about Day 17! It was a rapid success. I went to two write-ins today! The first one was at the quiet place. I didn’t get much done there because I had left my headphones at home. I had to listen to the deafening silence around me. The second one was much more successful because I had stopped off at home to get my headphones. There were a lot of people there. We laughed and listened to music! We did a few sprints. I was just about finished with Episode 4, but didn’t get it done before the write-in ended. So I went home an finished it there! 3 episodes written in three weeks! Episode 2 took five days to write. Episode 3 took seven because of my two day slump. And Episode 4 took five days to write. If I wrote every day for a year, I could have about 52 episodes! That’s exciting to think about! I feel this series will be really successful once I get it to the masses. Could this be the project that finally gets published? I just need someone to read the episodes, edit them, and give me feedback on content and pacing. If this is you, please stand up. Keep in mind that I’m poor and saving up to move to L.A. in a few months, but let’s talk! ALSO, if there are any mediocre to good artists out there that would like to make covers for my series, let’s talk, too!
Day 16 was the day that I hit 50k! I was in a boba tea place with my crush and I busted out the words needed to hit 50! The power of boba compels you! I still have to finish Episode 4. I’m almost done with it! It’s going to be fabulous!
I thought that this was going to be the day I hit 50k! It would have been nice to say that I finished in 15 days… but alas, it was not the day. I went to two write-ins and couldn’t get it done. The first one was way too quiet, and the second one was way too cold. Plus my crush was there so I couldn’t concentrate… that and it was really cold.
Day 14 was interesting. I had woken up a little early so that I could get a head start on some words, but then I feel asleep again. I slept for several hours and woke up right before I had to meet a friend at a coffee shop. So I get to the coffee shop and my friend is a no show due to circumstances that were my fault. Fortunately, I brought my laptop with me and I wrote for a few hours.
Then I met with a friend and we had dinner and shopped at Barnes and Noble. Then I went home and tried to write some more. I did a couple word wars, but didn’t get a lot done.
My Heroes are trying to fight these monsters that keep popping up over the kingdom while Andrada, the warrior princess, is trying to have a day off, but it keeps getting interrupted by the monsters. I’m not exactly sure where this is going, but I’m enjoying it. Though, not as much as I enjoyed writing Episode 3! That one is my favorite!
Day 13 was pretty good. I don’t remember if I did some writing before I left the house. I think so. I just remember messing around on the internet in bed all afternoon. I might have written some. I got most of my writing done at the write-in at IHOP. I got there early and just wrote to my heart’s content. I started Episode 4, which is about the warrior princess, Andrada, wanting to take a break from fighting monsters and what not. It’s been a challenge because I have a hard time writing about my female characters. I want to make her believable and fun. I have a scene where she goes shopping for clothes and she’s uncomfortable because she’s got a buff body and the clothes she’s trying on are for more slender women. I don’t like that scene, but I’ll edit it in post, as they say.
This day was wicked awesome for writing! I went to a write-in where I was the only person there for like two hours. I didn’t mind it so much because I was in the zone and it was better than writing at home. I also participated in the Official Nano Virtual Write-In on YouTube. I found that to be a distraction. Not much writing got done there.
I wrote about 1,696 words at the write-in. I went home and took a two hour nap. When I woke up, I wrote some more. I wrote about my heroes fighting for a bottle of spark root in the middle of the Witch Mart at the write-in. Now I just had to wrap up the witches’ plan.
I dabbled in the chat rooms and participated in word wars or sprints. I wrote from 6:30-11:00ish pm and I managed to finish Episode 3! Not only that, I wrote 6,988 words total. AND I hit 35k! It was a banner day for writing!
Day 11 was awesome! I went to a writers’ convention and went to a couple of panels talking about how being an indie writer is the hardest job I’ll ever have, and how to publish. I had a great time. I managed to write some words while I was there. And then I went to the radio station an hour and a half early and wrote more words!
I was stumped for ideas of what to write after the fight scene in the beginning of Part 2 of Episode 3. Then I got the idea to have the witches, and Jaco and Everett go shopping for spell supplies at the same store, aptly named Witch Mart. The scene is going to involve them two groups meeting and reaching for the same item. It’s going to be great! Episode 3 is currently at 11,718 words. I think this will be the biggest one out of the first three.
It was also suggested to me that I start a Patreon. I did a little research on what other writers are doing. Of course, I could only see the top 20 successful writers and none of the ones who are pulling a moderate amount of money. As much as I would like to get one started, I have my doubts about prizes and perks to give people. It sounds time consuming and I assume I’ll be working full time until I can get enough people to donate so I won’t need to work full time! Hopes and dreams!
This was a good day for writing! I wrote in two sessions: once when I got home from lunch, and the other at a write-in at a used books store! People came to it and we had a good time! I managed to get a lot of writing done, despite my wanting to shop.
I mostly wrote the fight scenes between the Heroes and the Witches Three. The Heroes are having their asses handed to them because they’ve been cursed. I have no idea what’s going to happen to them after this scene, so I’ve been milking it for everything its got for the word count.