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Bleak : NaNoWriMo 2015 part 4

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51144 words

Is it readable? Sort of?

Some bits I liked, some I am not terribly proud of. The ending is a hot pile of steaming mess. The characters were fun though and I kind of want to develop them further… I think this deserves to go in the “Maybe I’ll rewrite it” pile, which is less comfortable than the “I want to rewrite this” pile but a lot more comfortable than the “Holy fuck what have I wrought?” pile.

Total words per minute average: 18.9, total -actual- time spent -actually-writing: 45.57

I wrote almost entirely in 15 minute bursts with fifteen minute breaks. I think my best stuff was done when I got distracted and kept writing for a half an hour or an hour. I need to work on my writing stamina and stop distracting myself so much. I also need to work on my dialogue. I think if I can make my dialogue less of a train wreck everything else will get much easier.

Am I going to post this to be read… I’m thinking about it. The end is Really embarrassing, like series canceled with no notice embarrassing. I am going to sit on it for December then decide which of my first drafts get my love in January.

Ah what the hell…

In all its painful typo laden first draft glory

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Bleak : NaNoWriMo 2015 part 3

A little late on the update, such is.

Well I did fall behind, then pulled ahead, then had a minor mental breakdown and fell behind again… I am feeling much better now.

I’m at 38100 which is about 1900 words behind, piece-o-cake!

I’m at the point where I’m looking at what is left to do and the amount of time and space to do it in and realizing I need to trim plot a touch. I’ll keep notes in case this isn’t an immense pile of ass and deserves a rewrite. I’m still planning to do a rewrite early next year, but I don’t know if this will be the one to get it.

Average words per minute: 9.94… ow… At the rate I am going I will finish December 3d… time to up that rate, excuse me folks, I have some words to spew out.

Bleak : NaNoWriMo 2015 part 2

Week two was a bit rough.

Famously the second week is much harder than the first and mine fit that mold nicely. A couple days of very little writing, a few sub par, and a few just above the daily goals and my initial lead has been eaten up fast! I have yet to actually fall behind though, and that is a nice feeling.

I’m at 25,411 words at the halfway point of the month… so juuuust above where I should be. I’m averaging 18 words per minute and 1.64 hours of actual writing a day.

Tonight I am going to try to pull ahead a bit since this week is going to have a couple massive speed bumps and if at all possible I want to keep ahead, if only a little.

 

Bleak : NaNoWriMo 2015 part 1

So Things are going well…

I opened with a blast of over 5000 words and have written more than needed every night aside from one so far. This has put me at 17,316 words on day 8, this is 3982 words more than I need to be right now. This feels pretty good.

The story and characters are feeling right as well, this might be one of the few kind of readable ones I have punched out and is so far in consideration for revisiting after I am done. I have a bit of a bug up my butt to properly finish some of these. I plan to pick one of the three I like best to begin rewriting in January.

Some stats… I am 34.63% done about 25% of the way through the month. I seem to average 18 words per minute and write in one or two hour long bursts per day with a few 15 minute bursts scattered around them. If I keep up my current rate I could finish on the 24th. I am unsure what I would do if that happens.

I am still not sure where the book is heading, but I am at the point where I really have to start heading that direction. A planning session or two in the near future are called for.

The book is a post-apocalyptic space opera. I am trying to keep as much science as I can in the science fiction… but the presence of faster than light travel kind of kills a bit of that. I am looking at a lot of charts about orbital distances and reading a lot about fusion. It may or may not help in any way.