WiP Wednesday: 2/1/17

Hello, and welcome to this week’s #WiPWednesday post!

#WiPWednesday is a weekly meme started by Brigid Gorry-Hines from Wordfare. Every Wednesday, I’m supposed to post an update about my WiP (Work in Progress), including word count and where I’m at in writing/revising it. Hopefully, doing this meme will keep me motivated to continue working on my WiP.

So let’s get started! I’ll try to fill out these categories as best as I can.

WIP:  The L.S. M.S.

Writing or Revising? 

Revising.

Current Word Count: 95, 801

Still outlining, but the word count has gone down a little.

How It’s Going:

I haven’t made much progress (any, really), but it’s because of school. Maybe this weekend, I’ll be freer?

Goal for Next Week:  

Brainstorming. I want to get a basic plot point pinned down so I can develop certain scenes from there. Hopefully I can manage it…if schoolwork doesn’t kill me first.

WiP Marathon #6: January 2017

It’s that time of the month again–WiP Marathon time! I present to you: the first 2017 update! Check it out below. 🙂


Last report word count + chapter count/scene count:

95, 829 words, 26 chapters.

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 

The same, honestly, I haven’t written anything new since this update, so no new scenes. Beta reading has been my priority.

WiP Issues This Month:

Prioritizing. Because I decided to take on beta reading as a hobby, I haven’t had time to focus on my own work. I want to find ways to progress in the revision process, but, since a lot of it is just staring at my outline and moving scenes around/brainstorming, it takes time–time I don’t ever seem to have.

What I learned this month in writing: 

I haven’t written at all this month, but I’ve read a lot of other people’s writing, and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s this: Keep a leash on your prose. Don’t let it get out of control.

Also, make sure your premise (your promise to the reader) is the same as the actual plot of your book. And make that plot exciting, whatever it is.

What distracted me this month while writing: 

Beta reading, although I wouldn’t call it a distraction so much as a voluntary choice. I chose to beta, and beta-ing involves deadlines–deadlines I need to keep up with. I chose that over my own novel.

Goal for next month

Finishing the revised outline completely. Then, from there, I can start rearranging scenes/working further on plot, and things should get a lot smoother. (Famous last words, heheh.)

WiP Wednesday: 1/18/17

Hello, and welcome to this week’s #WiPWednesday post!

#WiPWednesday is a weekly meme started by Brigid Gorry-Hines from Wordfare. Every Wednesday, I’m supposed to post an update about my WiP (Work in Progress), including word count and where I’m at in writing/revising it. Hopefully, doing this meme will keep me motivated to continue working on my WiP.

So let’s get started! I’ll try to fill out these categories as best as I can.

WIP:  The L.S. M.S.

Writing or Revising? 

Revising.

Current Word Count: 95, 829

Same as the last recap, because I’ve been working on my outline, not the actual manuscript.

How It’s Going:

I’ve finally started looking at the gaps in the story that previous revisions have left, and now my goal is to fix those and make the plot less meandering.

Goal for Next Week:  

Still brainstorming. I haven’t had much time to sit down and do it, but I’m hoping to just make some progress, even if it’s not a lot. (It’s finals week, heheheh.)

WiP Wednesday: 1/11/17 (Or Lack Thereof)

Hello, all! Hope you’re well!

Normally, I’d have posted a #WipWednesday post today, but, because I got sick this weekend, everything’s been kind of off for the past few days, and I have nothing to report. So I’m not posting one today. Sorry!

Hopefully, by next week, I’ll be feeling better and I’ll have some progress to share with all of you. Thanks!

 

WiP Marathon #5 (2016 Recap Version): December 2016

It’s that time of the month again, and, as the year comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on my yearly progress with my WiP (The L.S. M.S., now that NaNoWriMo is over). So, here we go: this is the WiP Marathon–2016 edition.


Last report word count + chapter count/scene count:

Last time, I wasn’t sure about chapter count, but my word count was 98,040.

Current report WC + CC/ SC: 

After making an outline, I now have an exact chapter count: 26 chapters. 🙂 Word count is 95, 829. (Huh. Looks like I edited more than I thought.)

WiP Issues This Year:

Finding time and motivation. Between schoolwork and other life events, sometimes I struggle to see the point in continuing work on my manuscript. I see only its flaws, and when I start comparing it to other books, I get even more discouraged. This makes me lose motivation to make it better, because I’m worried I can never make it better.

What I learned this year in writing: 

Revising is hard, man. It’s a lot more time- and effort-intensive than some might have you believe. And reading is just as important as writing–I’d go so far to say it’s crucial to improving your writing capabilities. I’ve been reading a ton this year, and I firmly believe it’s helped me make better edits.

What distracted me this year while writing: 

School, mainly. I also struggle with anxiety and depression, which can hinder my productivity. Sometimes, when I’d have a ton of time to work on writing, I would have a panic attack or a breakdown instead (not voluntarily, of course), which meant I lost that spare time.

Goal for next/this coming year: 

I want to start querying The L.S. M.S., but, to do that, I need to finish edits. One foot in front of the other, I guess. Just like life. And, also like life, I just need to stick with it.

WiP Wednesday: 12/21/16

Hello, and welcome to this week’s #WiPWednesday post!

#WiPWednesday is a weekly meme started by Brigid Gorry-Hines from Wordfare. Every Wednesday, I’m supposed to post an update about my WiP (Work in Progress), including word count and where I’m at in writing/revising it. Hopefully, doing this meme will keep me motivated to continue working on my WiP.

So let’s get started! I’ll try to fill out these categories as best as I can.

WIP:  The L.S. M.S.

Writing or Revising? 

Revising.

Current Word Count: 95, 829

Word count went down again, but barely. This actually isn’t because I haven’t been working; it’s because of the kind of work I’ve been doing.

How It’s Going:

Things are looking up! I mentioned last week that I was planning on outlining my novel and then going from there to fill the rest out. So, instead of editing scenes, I’ve been filling out my outline–a task I actually just finished today. (Yay!) From there, I need to fill in some blanks that previous editing rounds have left in the narrative and the plot. It’s a tedious task, but I think it’ll be worth it.

Goal for Next Week:  

Just brainstorming. In outlining, I actually figured out how to fill some plot holes, so hopefully filling in those will help me figure out how to fill in the rest? We shall see. 🙂

WiP Wednesday: 12/14/16

Hello, and welcome to this week’s #WiPWednesday post! #WiPWednesday is a weekly meme started by Brigid Gorry-Hines from Wordfare. Every Wednesday, I’m supposed to post an update about my WiP (Work in Progress), including word count and where I’m at in writing/revising it. Hopefully, doing this meme will keep me motivated to continue working on my WiP.

So let’s get started! I’ll try to fill out these categories as best as I can.

WIP:  The L.S. M.S.

Writing or Revising? 

Revising.

Current Word Count: 95, 896

Word count went down, but barely. What can I say? School has been brutal this month. Between beta reading and studies, I’ve barely had time for anything else. Hoping that’ll change over break.

How It’s Going:

Remember how last week I said I was “making very slow progress”? As of now, I’m making even slower progress, haha. After this, I have two weeks of break, though, so hopefully that’ll give me some time to focus on my writing? We’ll see. *gives homework the stink eye*

Goal for Next Week:  

I met my goal for last week (get to page 250), but I think I’m going to try something new for next week. I’m hoping to outline my novel down to its bare bones so I can more clearly identify things like plot, villains, character goals, stakes, etc. After I’ve figured out those, I’ll cut/revise any of the scenes that don’t fall in line with my vision for the novel, and go from there. So, long story short, my goal is to get started on a plot outline.