Yay! Progress! What Dreams is at 33,845 words for April, plus 2,197 more of development/outline-y stuff sitting in the document for me to write over. I usually count those words too, since it’s a jumble of notes and dialogue and transitions and whatnot. So that’s 36,042 total, and 4,968 written in the month. I finally got my folks off their transitional spaceship and onto the next planet! A whole new world of characters, settings, and events!
Also, I was playing around on Canva, which seems to be a cool design site, and I made an alignment grid for my characters. This was extremely challenging and I find it notable that all my central characters wound up in “True Neutral” for some reason…
I’d really, really, really like to finish a draft this year. To do that, I estimate needing to write 10,000 words a month. Steep compared to all my previous months, but I believe it’s doable with the past year’s experience. You may recall that I hardly got anything done in March, and I only started getting anything done halfway through April, so 5k is on track.
Things that helped:
- The A to Z Challenge. I get more writing done when I’m busy elsewhere, as long as there’s a certain structure to the busy-ness.
- Twitter wordsprints, particularly with writing buddy Eclectic Alli (shoutout!). The idea is a bunch of writers have a start time and end time, usually 20-30 minutes, to write as many words as possible. This totally dispenses with “staring at the screen” time, because you all share your word count/Last Sentence Written, and of course you wanna be impressive. Tweet me @hannahegivens if you wanna play!
- HabitRPG. Nerd in the Brain turned me on to this site in her H post for A to Z, and it’s awesome… You create your own list of habits, daily activities, and to-dos, and then as you check them off you gain XP and coins. If you don’t do all your dailies, you lose hit points. You can use the coins to buy armor, and you hatch pets and mounts, and it’s basically just an RPG of your life and it is SO MUCH FUN. I have writing goals on there, and it’s helped tremendously, especially to remind me what I’ve actually done from day to day. They blend together otherwise. Holler if you wanna join my party!
I don’t know how well this week will go writing-wise, as I’m re-taking the GRE on Friday and that’s not the sort of busy-ness that lends itself to other work. However, I should be able to catch up on the weekend. Update in the Sunday Post.
Supplemental Reading: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers (2013) by Brian Michael Bendis.
Guardians of the Galaxy comics are still some of the best space opera I’ve ever read. Love.