Alright! I was totally prepared for check-in time this month! Too bad I didn’t do anything this month! (I’m not bitter.)
Last report wordcount + chapter count:
Whisper = Full Outline 100% Done, 6865 words, Chapter 3
Phantom Silence = Baby Outline 100% Done, 16,375 words, Chapter 10
Between Ashes and Ice = Work-in-progress Outline in Shambles, 11,972 words, Chapter 3
The Raven = Full Outline 100% Complete!
Monthly Total: 10,112 words, 4 chapters, and 3 outlines done. ^_^
Current report WC + CC:
The Raven = 2004 words, Chapter 1
I did read over the opening to one of my other stories and make some minor changes, but outside of this and starting “The Raven” to get a feel for the story, I have done nothing else writing related whatsoever. see issues I didn’t update my word count on the other story because I outline under my draft and I was too lazy to highlight my chapters to see if I made any progress. Didn’t figure it was worth the effort to see the 15 words I probably added. But I have some words for this month, so Yay! 🙂
WIP Issues This Month:
I felt bad. I felt bad because I still feel like my vampire story of two years ago is the best thing I’ve ever written, and I wouldn’t let myself write a single word until I figured out how to remedy this. I love (most of) the stories I’ve written since then, but nothing has made me feel the way that one has made me feel. I have some serious deep love for my vampire stories, and though this sounds dramatic, everything else looks like crap in comparison. But I’m determined not to fall back into writing about them until I know and really BELIEVE that I can write something I love just as much without them. And I will keep trying until it happens. Because that can not be the only thing I’m good at. There has to be something else I can write that I will love that much, and I am going to find them.
What I learned this month in writing:
1* It’s okay to step away from writing for a while and figure some things out. I feel like writers feel so guilty sometimes for doing this, and that’s just ridiculous. Sometimes the brain is taxed. Sometimes we just need to empty out the clutter so we can focus. Sometimes we need a vacation from it, like we take a vacation from everything else. There’s that saying, “A watched pot doesn’t boil.” Of course it does, but you might as be doing something else while you’re waiting.
2* That little nagging voice in your head isn’t going to go away until you pay attention to it and ask it what the hell it wants.
3* We can not become better writers if we never get out of our comfort zones.
4* Writer skills are not muscles. They are skills. Muscles need to be worked daily and weekly to stay conditioned. Skills are embedded in your brains, and you don’t get rusty or dusty or out of writing shape for not writing for a month. You get out of HABIT, but you don’t forget how to write.
What distracted me this month while writing:
Okay, I’m just going to say it: Christmas shopping. Yes, I’m an early shopper. Yes, buying wrapping paper in October is totally normal for me. So, yeah, I spent half the month shopping, and the other half watching TV and reading because I pulled a muscle and used that as an excuse to be lazy. But no, I didn’t pull the muscle shopping. I pulled it in a completely unrelated incident while I was running around my house being stupid.
Goal for next month:
The funk I was in last month did NOT pass, but I did get a new outlook on things, so my goal for next month is to use NaNoWriMo energy to get as far through “The Raven” as I can. Now that I have some words down for it, it’s feeling a little less intimidating. ^_^
Last 200 words:
Nope. I do have a few pages on “The Raven” but no. It’s still too soft and shiny to be exposed! hugs pages
Until Next Month! Prepare to be scared, in awe, and intimidated. 😉