The most humid month of the year for my area of the world is coming to an end. Time for a work-in-progress update!
Last report wordcount + chapter count:
“Legion” = 11,761 words, Chapter 5
Current report WC + CC:
“Legion” = 16784 words, Chapter 6
5000 words! Whoo! 😐
WIP Issues This Month:
I had been trying to pants the story just to be different, but I ended up outlining some anyway since I knew what I wanted for the opening chapters. When I ran out of outline though, I had no idea what to do for about two weeks. I finally decided to just read over what I had and it started moving again. Yay! For another week. Then I stalled again. I usually get stuck when I’m either trying to get to something too soon or when I’m not getting to something fast enough. If it’s not of those, it’s probably just a case of being too scared to move on. In this instance, I think I’m just afraid this story is stupider than I think it is – or that I don’t know what I’m doing and will end up with a giant mess on my hands. I’m not entirely sure the plot I’ve concocted in my head is going to work out, and I still don’t have everything figured out – not even close. So, I’m rather doing a lot of nothing right now. I did go ahead and outline 5 more chapters last week, and everything seems in order, and I like what I’m writing when I am writing. I’m just not even trying.
I will say, I did finally decide to do something about my severe iron deficiency – despite knowing about it since last November. No one could give me a good reason to care – then I finally looked it up and it said low iron causes brain fog (along with some other probably more important things), and of course, all I care about is the brain fog, and I’m like, “OH NO! NOT BRAIN FOG!” and started taking liquid iron THAT NIGHT. So maybe that’s why? 🙂 Also, I’ve been really, really tired, so maybe boosting the stupid iron will help with that, too.
What I learned this month in writing:
1** Pantsing doesn’t seem to be working for me. My brain doesn’t appear to like it. I might just go back to pantsing my outlines like I was doing before I went a little overboard with the outlining last fall.
What distracted me this month while writing:
GAMES!! OO It’s the only thing I felt like doing. I entered my first ever WIPMarathon story – HOW DEEP IS MY DARKNESS – into PitchWars, and I’m wondering if I should read over that and see if I can fix it instead of trying to write in case this story really is stupider than I think it is. Or maybe I just need to get over it. After all, everything I write is stupid, but somehow it turns out good…sometimes. 🙂
Goal for next month:
I’m setting an official goal to be done with the first draft by the end of October in the hopes that I will stop dragging my feet for no good reason. It’s not looking like it right now though. Kind of makes me feel like I haven’t done anything all year. O_O
Last 200 words:
OMG! You know what just happened – like JUST. I was thinking about trashing this scene, but as soon as I pasted it and read over it – I suddenly realized I didn’t have the problem that I thought I had. I was just looking at the wrong thing!! And now I remember what the whole point of this scene even was! Lol! >.< God, I could cry right now… #imaginarywriterproblems
“Wanna play blackjack?”
When I lift my head, Emmerick is holding up a pack of playing cards.
“You just carry playing cards around with you?”
“Maybe.” His grin widens.
I look over his pocket-less lounge pants and tank top. “How?”
Without answering, he flips on the overhead light and sets up on one side of the island.
T-minus three weeks til Fall for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. ^_^