The magic is back

I now have a couple of months in which to edit my first 10,000 words. Reading back over my previous revisions I realised it was a little dull. The information is there, laid out in a concise effective manner. The world has magical aspects but the wonder of that magic has been lost. Today I spent time re-writing the first paragraph. I went to it with fresh eyes and no pressure.

I absolutely love what I’ve written.

Todays word count: 180

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And Breathe

I’ve given myself a bit of a breather for the past couple of days. It’s been exhausting trying to get my novel ready to be sent away for a competition. There is just not enough time. I’m proud of the revision I’ve done. The first 4000 words are more or less cohesive.

My original aim was to send a piece of writing off a month. I have succeeded in that goal by sending two flash fiction stories this month.

I have another chance at the end of July with the Cinnamon Press Novel Prize. In the meantime, I will go back to writing a scene per day and working on other fun short stories.

Today’s Word Count: 300

 

words words words words words….

At this point, I am fairly certain I will not manage to get my first 15,000 words off by the end of the month. I’ve been revising scenes since around 3.30 this afternoon and completed two scenes. On any ordinary day, this would be fantastic, but I am  still only on 3897 fully revised words. I’ve managed to smash together my very early drafts and later revisions to get a nicely rounded introduction. It’s turning out pretty well but there just isn’t enough time to thread together all the scenes.

To complete the required amount I will now have to revise 2200 words per day. I will be working two out of the five days.

Today’s total word count: 3126

Today’s revised word count: 873

Another Scene Done

Both today and yesterday I managed to write a scene. It’s nice to know I can actually sit down and write, of a day. However, I still need to get 12,000 more words revised by the end of the month, including the final draft of my synopsis. In order to get this draft finished, I will need to write 2000 words every day.

Do-able but not likely

wish me luck x

Today’s Word count: 703

A Good Writing Day

All the hard work planning the other day paid off. today I had the house to myself and decided to have a writing day.

I have managed to write three and a half scenes today. 🙂 It feels really  good to have a proper writing day. there’s a vague possibility I will actually get my novel to a satisfactory level to send off at the end of the month. Well, the first 15,000 words anyway.

I think i may well give my brain a break for the rest of the day and do a little bit of simple sewing.

If anyone’s interested, it’s the Yeovil Literary  Prize.

Today’s word count: 2030

 

 

Fun with templates

I’m a big fan of Scrivener, I’ve been using it to write for about a year but only recently discovered how much fun I can have  with templates. If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know I’ve been working on getting my novel ready to be sent off to a couple of competitions at the end of the month.

I’ve got my synopsis somewhere close to where I want it and now I’m working on the first 10,000/15,000 words of the novel. I very much like all the words in my first few chapters, however not all of them are necessary or particularly relevant. Luckily for me, Lady Writer has provided a scrivener template which I can follow. I’ve written a short sentence for each chapter and I feel like I need to get to the action a bit sooner.  I never thought I would be excited to cut words but I’m a sucker for a good plan.

You guys should definitely check out this yummy spreadsheet.

Today’s word count: around 300

My synopsis is falling into place

I think I’ve managed to craft some sort of synopsis. It makes a lot more sense than any previous drafts. Ideally I’d finish this revision of my novel before trying to get this done. However, as I want to send off my novel for a couple of competitions at the end of the month, it’s just not possible. The requirements are the first few chapters and a synopsis.

It is no longer in sticky note form but written down in my current novel notebook. I find I like hand writing plans, it takes more time and gives me more time to think about what I’m putting down.

I’ll be at the shop for the next couple of days so probably won’t get much writing done. I will be bringing a few notebooks about with me

Today’s word count: 350

I have a pseudonym!

…am I supposed to keep that a secret?

 I have now sent off my Flash Fiction to Writers’ Forum, after changing it to the first person (see yesterday’s post). While I was at it I figured I may as well send the piece off to  the Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Competition.  They required a pseudonym.  I had a lot of fun thinking of names for myself. I finally settled on Hester Jones.  I have somewhat fallen in love with the name Hester. I imagine she is around 5,2″ with lots of freckles, Her hair is mousy brown and it hangs just below her chin. She wears sensible shoes and thick socks. Though she is small she is not meek. I think I will like being Hester Jones.