Writing Progress: Week Ending August 27, 2011
It sure looks like someone dropped the ball… but what’s the real story?
Story of G:
- New Draft Wordcount: 0 net new words
- Other Notes Wordcount: 0 words
Book of M:
- Background Notes Wordcount: 321 words
Grand Total: 321 words
Well. This was not the most incredibly prolifically stupendous writing week ever. Ironic in a week when I post a massive block of text about long, doorstopper fantasies and the folks who write them. But there is a little more than meets the eye, here.
On “Book of M”, I started experimenting with shifting into an “outline” format with the histories I’m writing. I think it’s doable, but I’m going to have to adjust the methodology a little. I covered a lot more ground in a lot fewer words… but interestingly it took me almost as long to write those words as it would’ve to write considerably more. On the upside, yes it took me longer to write fewer words, but those fewer words covered a lot more ground than what I’d been doing with three times that number in wordcount.
I figure that over time I can go back and flesh out the historical outline a little.
However, it is clear to me, at this time, that I’m going to miss my “Labor Day Weekend” deadline. There’s no way I can get what I need done, even in a compacted form, before that time and be ready to commence with actual draft. Plus, I need a little more time to get used to outlining the history instead of just writing it. I do think it will help me to move through this stage of planning faster than otherwise, but I just need a little more time. Luckily, a self-imposed deadline isn’t one that’s terrible if you miss it; but I feel really guilty about missing it just the same. I’m eager to get to the meat of the story, but I just won’t feel ready until I have a solid foundation to work from.
I don’t think this is worldbuilder’s disease. At least I hope not. I’ve got a specific goal, and I know what I need to do to achieve it, and I’m making progress toward it. I don’t believe I’m worldbuilding because I’m subconsciously avoiding the real deal. Like I said, I’m eager to start.
But this week I only spent one day working on “Book of M”.
The rest of my writing time I spent on “Story of G”. Not that I have much to show for that. Most of that time was lost to research, actually, so there’s not any wordcount to show for that. And the time spent “writing” was actually spent reviewing what I’d already written and making corrections here or there. I came to a point where I wanted to add new material, and felt instead that I needed some additional information to get the details of the story just right. In reality my net add was greater than 0, but it wasn’t appreciably greater than 0, so I didn’t feel the need to spend time counting it up. But I did a lot of reading up, instead.
I also lost a good bit of writing time this week to lawn care. That’s one of those regular things you just have to deal with when you’re all grown up and responsible and stuff. Some time on another day was spent doing some work on that aforementioned epic post on epic wordcounts. My blog posts aren’t usually that long nor do they typically require that much research, so they don’t take so much of a hunk out of my normal writing time. This post, however, was different, and that really ate into regular writing time.
So that was my writing week How was yours?