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|November 20, 2022, 9:15am
Well, five days of reading has come to an end.
After my first quick read-through edit, the story written for NaNoWriMo is now 98100 words. So much excess! 3000 words deleted because things just aren't needed. Extraneous information, descriptions that amount to nothing, things like that. It also has a title now - Rhiannon And Me. I will put it away for a few months (at least 6, but could be longer depending on my writing schedule/ability to get to a computer from next month) and then hit it again.
Like I said, it's not brilliant; I have far better works on my computer and so I will try to sell them first. The idea of a man finding a daughter that I put online here (well, chapter 1) has also been shelved because I reckon that is what gave me the idea for this one of a man finding a sister. The two concepts are not different enough, even though what they lead to is very different (demon hunting here, clones in the other one).
Oh well, life of a writer, I guess.
|November 15, 2022, 4:00pm
Well, that's it. A final almost 10k writing day and the story is over.
Here's my blurb.:
In one week, Nathaniel finds he has a sister and gets a girlfriend, and life feels perfect.
Then the attacks start. An Irish priest and belligerent cop are giving him grief. Death surrounds him.
Those he loves are taken.
And, to make it worse, he discovers his sister may not be all she seems.
But does any of that matter when they have to fight demons from the Other World?
100k+ words in 15 days. Being unemployed does have some advantages, I guess. Tomorrow I'll start a quick functional edit before putting it away for a while, and coming back to it when I've got time. Or something akin to a life.
The stats say I averaged over 6700 words a day. That's pretty good, I reckon. Will I bother trying to on-sell this one? Not sure. It does not feel like one of my better ones, and I have plenty of other novels that would be easier sells. I'll look at it after I've done a better edit.
So, if anyone reads this, good luck to all those others doing NaNo. And, remember, even if you don't make 50k words, the fact you've written something makes you finish ahead of 99.99% of people in the world.
|November 14, 2022, 5:15pm
Hey, here's a tip! Want to crack 10k words in a day? Go to the only local and very busy laundromat with 2 loads of clothes. 2 wash cycles, followed by 2 drying cycles meant I spent over 2 hours there (one machine allowed to be used per person... but I had to wait for a dryer to become empty). But I could plug in and type, and in that time I managed to churn out a quick-fire 4k words. Then I got home, could hardly walk (my knee became swollen again), and was stuck on a chair for another few hours.
Well, after some editing and re-writing, I have finished for the day and my third 10k day. And, more to the point, I've cracked 90k words. I'm about to write the big rousing final scene, the battle between the humans (?) and the demon, and so I want to spend a day just doing that.
So... almost finished, I guess.
Then I'll have to write something else...
|November 12, 2022, 6:15pm
So, the weather here today was wild and wintry... which is odd because summer is only 18 days away. Truly horrid weather, and so moving my stuff to the storage shed was out of the question. I had no packing to do, no-one to visit... so I write. And I got another 10k writing day. In fact, 11,800-odd words. This means my personal goal of 75k words for NaNo was achieved on day 12.
The story is still going, so let's see how long it ends up being.
Days like this are what I live for as a writer. The ideas flow and everything falls into place. It's amazing what depression allows you to do when you don't want to think about it, and that's how I felt today.
So, the MC/narrator discovered he has a sister he didn't know about, she turns up on his doorstep, a strange priest from Ireland appears, the MC gets a girlfriend, then demons attack and he discovers his sister isn't 100% human. He can't cope with his sister being what she is, so he rejects her, then the demons kill his girlfriend. He and the sister are now both hunting demons, both for revenge.
|November 11, 2022, 5:00pm
Wow, I forgot how hard it was to write the story in the beats established after killing off such a central and beloved character...
I'm going to hit my word goal, but this is the first day this year I've had to go back and delete heaps of stuff as I type because it did not fit the tone... If I count everything I typed, I would have cracked 15k words today... but it's only going to end up being 6k words because it is really hard...
But continue I have and we've got past the death and are now in revenge mode...
|November 10, 2022, 3:30pm
Finishing early today because i did "a thing".
I killed the MC's girlfriend. Here goes...
"Hold on,” I said, and turned my whole upper body to look at the people still keeping their distance. “An ambulance!” I yelled as well as I could through my rapidly swelling jaw, blood flowing down my own face like rivers. “Please!” One of the torches dropped to the ground and I guessed a phone call was being made. I returned my attention to Katelyn. Light red had started to leak out of the corner of her mouth and her nose. “Come on, hold on,” I begged.
“It hurts…” Her voice was growing weaker. I kissed her forehead. She managed a smile and closed her eyes.
“Come on, please.” The tears started now; I couldn’t help it. “Come on. Hold on.”
She tried to smile again, but her strength was flowing out rapidly. The light grew brighter as the people nervously approached us. There was so much damage and too much blood; her whole upper body was red with it. The rips covered her torso, all the way down her chest and up under her jaw.
“Love… you…” she breathed.
I swallowed hard. “I love you, too,” I whispered and held her close, her head resting against my chest, her blood mixing with mine, her body not moving.
That was where we remained until the ambulance and police arrived.
I need a break...
|November 9, 2022, 12:15pm
Well, I cracked 50k words today for NaNo. 9 days, with two 10k word days. I am writing this while having a break between chapters. My 75k word goal for this month looks like being reached.
For a pantsed piece, this is flowing amazingly well. Very little going back to rewrite (which has happened every year so far) because I've written myself into a corner (also happened too often). I think the month of having it churn in my brain - even though I was writing other things - must have done me some good.
I was asked if I could put the work here. I might post the first chapter, but I don't think I'll be going much further than that. As I only do traditional publishing, I don't want to harm any potential contracts by having the whole piece available here.
But the work is coming along surprisingly well... even if it does mean my scifi "new-found daughter" story may feel too same=y and so be put right on the backburner.
|November 6, 2022, 8:45am
Update. After a 12k word day, I followed it up with a 6k word day in a fever of two writing spurts, divided by almost finishing my packing.
That gave me a new badge on NaNo I hadn't got in years past of 2 updates a day. I don't like to fudge things, so this was a legit two updates.
The book now sits at 30k words and I have already decided to kill off my MC's girlfriend. Soon... very soon... So, the MC/narrator knows his sister's true maternal background, and is going to help her find her mother. But he needs to be put through the wringer first... So, goodbye, cute girlfriend.
Yeah. Can we see where my mind is?
Anyway, the writing is keeping me from dwelling on my rather bleak future.
|November 4, 2022, 5:30pm
If I am going to finish this before I am living out of my car, then I will need a few days of 10k words.
Today has been one of those days. 12160 words. Only 2 hours of packing, which is not good, but the writing is going gang-busters. For those who read the first chapter of my scifi work, the idea has been taken from there, only it is siblings, and this is horror, so they're hunting demons in contemporary Adelaide. As you do. A dew deaths, but not as many as will come about, I am sure.
Still, this was a writing day.
Just to update people: nearing the end of the month, I am being kicked out and, at this stage, have nowhere to go, so I need to get NaNo finished before then. If I am not joining in on WdC as much as I have recently, I apologise. I will try to pop in, but between packing and writing, I am going to be stretched for time. Why do NaNo? Because otherwise I would dwell on me and my situation and this is a nice escape for me. Apologies again...
|November 3, 2022, 11:45pm
Time for external writeringly links!
Songs About Fear For Halloween
Songs About Ghosts For Halloween
Songs About Graveyards For Halloween
Songs About Shaking
Songs About Rainbows
Songs Rewritten For Different Artists
Recent Releases – 5 Albums And An EP
Songs About Royal Titles
Songs About Waiting
Songs About Faces
Songs About Half of Things
Songs About The Planets
Favourite Jukebox Musical Films
Songs About Years
Songs About Charles
Lots this past month! Hope you found something to enjoy.