Late, late, late. I missed last week’s date.
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I have a not good reason for missing last week’s report.
I did not have much to report last week. That’s the reason and I’m sticking to it. Really. Truly. It is. Next.
I do have something to report this week.
Actually, if it was not two weeks, it’d be a halfway decent report. But just to annoy you, some other stuff first.
My method of writing is changing.
Not as fast as I’d like, but it’s improving. At least, I hope it’s improving. Hopefully, I’ll gradually get faster and better.
I read through Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker.
I am seeing the difficulty of writing “by the seat of my pants” – without using an outline. I started this book as a “pantser” with just an ending and point or two along the way. Mostly because I had no idea how to create an outline for a book.
I’ll save a full review of Take Off Your Pants for another time, but I think Libbie Hawker’s plan of outlining for a novel will be something that I’ll be using to some extent writing the next novel I do. I think it’s too late to help this one. I will keep some her points in mind during the re-write. It’s a great book and I wish I’d read it last summer when I was just starting to think I’d like to write a book.
Why do I think outlining is the way to go?
I’m going to call it getting lost. In the “How did I get here and which way is out?” kind of lost. I spend a lot of time wondering how to get the story back moving again. It slows the process down and I’d like to be able to do a bit over 10000 words a week eventually. To do that, I’ll need to outline to move at that speed. I know I can do 3000-4000 a day if I know what I am writing. That’s what the outline is for – so I know what I am writing.
In the meantime…
I’m trying to do mini outlines for each chapter or scene now. Again, I hope this will allow me to write the rest of the book faster. It’s just a matter of getting the chapters and scenes that I need to get to the ending I have had in my mind. Scrivener has been a big help. I think I’d have quit already if I were trying to deal with this in a word processor.
Enough already! What’s the progress?
Two weeks ago, I posted I was at 60000 words. The exact count right now is 67157. That would be pretty good if it did not take two weeks to get it. I’d guess that about 6000 of it was this last week. Still, not bad and I’ve been fighting a lot of distractions.
I’ve won a few of the battles against the distractions. Some of the battles put me on my back. Literally, I was still sick the first week.
I know, I know. No excuses.
Meanwhile, when not writing, I’ve been trying to read.
Still working on both Bob Mayer’s and Orson Scott Card’s books on writing that I mentioned last time. I should choose one or the other to finish first but Card (which I’d like to finish first) is paper and Mayer is Kindle (it’s much longer but convenient to read). As mentioned, I also read Take Off Your Pants this week.
I’ve paused Orson Scott Card’s Children of the Mind as much as I’d like to keep reading it. I’ve been a fan of the Ender series for years but I have some other priorities.
I’ve been asked to read and review a few books by authors on Goodreads.
First was Diamond Rain by Michael Gallagher. I’ve got reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads for it. I’ll get a review of it here soon too. It was great! If you like James Bond movies, you’ll like this book.
I’m still just getting started with Power Games by Richard A Peters. So far, this book is more intense than any Tom Clancy book I can remember reading (one of my favorite authors). I’m just getting started, but this is really well done.
My promise to you for the week.
More writing. On my book first. On a book review here if I take a break from writing my own book and reading.