As I said in my first post of the year, my goal is to write one short story a month. For the sake of a guideline, I am going to use the following reason to set a length for my short stories.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America specifies word lengths for each category of its categories:
So, my goal is a story that is somewhere between 1,000 and 7,500 words every month.
As to what I’m going to write about, my plan is to sit down at the beginning of each month and chose a prompt and see what happens from there. For January’s story, I am going to use The Amazing Story Generator to create a prompt. Someone bought it for me, and I’ve never used it to write a story.
For January, the prompt is….
“While dog-sitting, a mustachioed private detective uncovers a hidden family secret.”
Story to be posted…Jan. 31, 2015!
(I let my husband use the story generator. Sigh. Oh well, let’s see what I come up with.)
2014 was a good year for us!
I haven’t posted since March…. And I haven’t written creatively for a long while now. Life has been very busy this year. What have I been up to?
I moved! All the way from Hawaii to Pennsylvania. It was a long process, and to be honest, I still feel like we’re settling in at our new house.
I am going back to school and just finished my first semester at a veterinary technician program. Going to school keeps me very busy, but I still think about those pages that haven’t been written yet.
Life is just… happening. I would like to set a goal to finish my novel this year, but I’ll be honest, that’s probably not going to happen. So, in order to keep myself thinking creatively and fit some sort of writing into my very full schedule, I am taking a break from trying to finish it. I find that sometimes when I put something aside for a while, it helps me refocus, and when I come back to it, I am able to really make progress.
So new goals for 2015…
- Write one short story a month and post them on my blog. This may not seem like a lot, but I am going to school full time (even over the summer), I am a mom, and I have volunteer obligations.
- Reading goal for the year… 50 books. I already finished one this morning!
Hope everyone’s year is off to a good start!
ACK! It has been almost three months since I’ve posted on my blog… but what’s worse is that in that time I have not even looked at my novel. I can only blame myself of course. I could provide excuses but I won’t. Instead, it’s time to buckle down and get with it.
A new year is upon us. And with it I am making some goals:
- Read 50 books. Last year I only read 31, and that is a really low number for me. I want to challenge myself again this year.
- Finish the first draft of my novel. I know! I know! You are probably thinking, “That was her goal last year.” Well, you would be right. And I didn’t meet that goal so I’m taking a mulligan.
I have other goals for the year too, but these are my goals relating to writing and reading. I am also planning on finishing some of my crafty projects and moving back to the mainland. I think it’s going to be a great year.
I hope you have a wonderful year. Here’s to happy reading and productive writing!
It has been a long time since I have written about my novel progress. And you may be wondering, what have I been up to? I am wondering the same thing myself.
After the last time I worked on my draft, which I admit was sometime in September, I took a break to do some research. I actually hit a rather large block when I was writing because I didn’t know how to explain, even in a fictional setting, what my main character was trying to do. Specifically, my main character needs to create a biological weapon that uses genetics to attack a specific group of people.
I have a fairly good understanding of genetics but not enough to explain why she finds engineering this weapon so challenging. I stopped drafting and did a little research about genetic engineering and biological weapons. I don’t think I understood 100% of what I read, but I get the basic concepts and now I understand why the fictional idea I came up with is actually quite impossible in our current time.
But then again, who cares! It’s fiction!
Since then I have been brainstorming but not drafting. I need to get back to work because I am very behind my deadline! My plan is to work hard over the next several weeks to get back on track in order to finish on time. But, this year is quickly coming to a finish. Wish me luck and happy writing to you all!
Current word count: 28,690
I did it! I met my weekend challenge. I should be honest to about it. I did all of that yesterday, which tells me I should not have a problem getting back on track this week.
My goal for this week: be at 34,000 words by Thursday August 29th at midnight.
And considering that yesterday I found the time to write over 5,000 words, I don’t see this as a problem.
As I was writing yesterday, I just made myself sit there and it was surprising to me that the words seemed to come easily. I would be writing along and an idea would come to mind. As I was typing, I would think, “Okay. What is going to happen next?” And my mind came up with an answer every time.
It almost felt like the story was writing itself. I didn’t think too much about it; it just fit together nicely.
Not only did I manage to get the word count that I wanted, but as I was winding down for the night, I also wrote a mini-outline of the next couple of moments I want to happen in my story.
Mostly though, I’m trying not to think about it too much. I feel like by not overthinking it, the story is coming together much better. I plan on working on it a little every night this week so I won’t be behind for my next week’s goal.
Current word count 23,596
What I should be at according to my schedule 30,000
So, I am behind. I have been kind of lazy when it comes to working on my writing these past two weeks, but I want to get myself back on track so that by Thursday August 29, I want to have at least 34,000 words.
I am issuing a challenge to myself. Over this weekend, I want to add at least 5,000 words to my draft. By midnight on Sunday night, I would like to be at 28,500 words.
With that in mind, I have writing to do. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Happy weekend everyone!
I did it! I meet my weekly writing goal. My current word count is roughly 21,500. I also did the math, and to be finished with a first draft of 100,000 words, I need to write close to 3700 words a week.
So, next week, I am going to aim for a bit more progress.
Goal for next week: 26,000 word count.
This means I need to write over 4,000 words, but I think it’s a good idea to push myself. I am trying to hold myself accountable.
As far as this week went, it was a good week. I didn’t encounter any problematic writer’s blocks. But I have been thinking about one sci-fi writing difficulty.
I am writing a sci-fi novel, and like other sci-fi novelists before me, I am creating a unique world with technology that doesn’t really exist. So in addition to naming the fictional tech, I have to explain how it works without boring any potential readers to death.
Another problem that creating fictional tech brings up is trying not to be too similar to any story that’s already been written. So, I’m avoiding glowing laser swords and children fighting ants in space.
Until next time! Happy reading and writing everyone.