bdwilson: (Balance)

I didn’t do my W1S1 update at the end of November, because I’d spent most of my time on NaNo. Then in December, I spent it on other things (holidays are inherently distracting), or on trying to sort through the manuscript as it sat after Camp NaNo and NaNo. There doesn’t seem to be much point in putting up a pretty graphic, given how little progress I made on the short story revisions.

I’d made up my mind not to do W1S1 this year, but then I got an invite to the new Google+ community and accepted, so on that I’m easy to sway, apparently. I expect to follow along quietly, though, as I’m not exactly going to be following the rules. I want to get through my revisions at this point more than I want to be adding to the to-do list. We’ll see how that goes for the next few months :)

Other than that, I will continue to sort through the NaNo draft, and figure out which parts of this story I’m keeping. I’ve been telling people it will be interesting to see what the word count is once I’m done hacking out all the things I changed my mind on.

While I don’t talk about it much here, I have a novel draft that I keep going back to, yet never finishing. It’s been rewritten at least four times; characters have been added, deleted, renamed, merged, split; the setting has been changed; and the world revised and sharpened.

And it’s still not right.

I expect this will be the story that sits at the back of my mind until I figure out how I really want to tell it, but for now I’ve decided to let it rest. I’ve learned a lot from working on it, but I think it’s time it earned me my Drawer Novel merit badge.

Drawer Novel Merit Badge

I’ve made this decision before, and then pulled it out only a few months later. This time I’m putting at least a year ban on it. We’ll see if I can stick to that for a change :)

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bdwilson: (Dark and Light)

Another small update, I’m afraid.

Still, I have my first S for my W1S1 pieces!

Anything in yellow is marked up on paper, which means getting the changes and rewrites into the computer. It’s not as fast as I was hoping for when I started posting these, but I’ve still chugged through a decent amount. Enough that I’ve decided to snag another merit badge: Editing! ^_~

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bdwilson: (Never Give Up)

I received a rejection letter today (alas) for an audio magazine. I’d wondered on submitting whether the fantasy language in the story would keep it from being a good fit. What hadn’t occurred to me, was that the world building required in the story (of which the language was one part) could have the same effect.

It was an interesting perspective with which to evaluate the story. I like it when I can look at what I’ve written from a different angle. Even when it comes with a rejection letter :)

Anyway, I’ve decided to use this moment to claim my Worldbuilding merit badge.

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bdwilson: (Any Road)

The next session of Camp NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow. I’ll be participating again, working on a brand new project that I haven’t planned, pretty much at all.

I have my characters, I have a place to start and place to end, and absolutely nothing in the middle.

I used to be a dedicated pantser, but my last few longer projects have been outlined. I think I’m a little rusty. I’m looking forward to writing this one without having a map, but I’m kind of of nervous as well. Hopefully I won’t get lost before the end of the month :)

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bdwilson: (NaNoWriMo 2011)

I don’t think I’m ever going wind up doing detailed outlining for the first draft, but I’ve gotten as close as I can getting ready for NaNo. Of course, it helps that I like using the outlining tools in Scrivener. I may still break down some of the parts farther once I get going, but I have my chapters and sections prepped, and a pretty good idea what needs to happen to get from start to finish. It’ll be interesting to see how much of that changes along the way.

Merit Badge: Outlining

I’m getting impatient. It’s probably a good thing we’re almost there :)

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bdwilson: (On the Web)

I posted a link to this site with the first badge I claimed, but I felt like calling attention to it again :)

The Merit Badger blog has a wide variety of graphic badges to earn in the course of writing or reading (there’s some Halloween badges in there too). As a person motivated by game achievements, I love this. As you may have seen so far, I’ve claimed the badges for Feline “assistance” and Writing by Hand, among others. I’ll be grabbing a word count badge when I get this current draft done, and I think there’s even a NaNo one in there, which I haven’t claimed yet.

Unfortunately, the blog has been on hiatus for a while now, but the badges are still there, and I have a lot of catching up to do. Also, for anyone who feels like badge collecting and posting them, be sure to read the image guidelines. There’s a badge for that!

Wearing a merit badge

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bdwilson: (Attitude)

Writing Every Day

The first time period I set for my BiCHoK goal was thirty days. I’ve hit the first thirty and have been successful so far. I’ve also discovered that I’m less likely to blow off a day if I’ve given myself permission to do so. I’m not sure how that particular personality quirk works, but oh well.

That means I haven’t tracked obstacles much, though it is harder for me to write on Wednesday nights due to other commitments. My word count is also increasing, and I think I might have to start writing at various times during the day. At the moment, I am writing right before bed, which is my favourite time, but meeting my goal means I’m tempted to stay up far too late. Since I’m a night owl by nature, I don’t notice that’s a bad plan until I have to wake up. If I could get at least half done earlier, that wouldn’t be such a tempting prospect.

I’ve reset my counter and started another thirty days. Whoot!

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bdwilson: (Umbrella Storm)

Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard

I set goals this week! This is not entirely new, but I’ve decided to be a little more realistic about how I handle them. In the past when deciding to start a daily routine, I have also place a long length of time to maintain it. An entire year, for example. Given how I focus on numbers like that, it is hard to maintain motivation if I happen to miss a day for whatever reason. One miss and the habit is broken.

So I’ve decided to take it in smaller chunks, and track myself. My goal is to write every day, with an increasing daily word count. (I’m starting fairly low to get back into the swing of things and building it up.) But as part of this, I’m going to track my counts the way I do during NaNo. Well, almost the way I do during NaNo; I won’t be posting them :)

The secondary goal is to find out if there’s a pattern to days that I miss. My hope is that working the possibility in from the start will help carry me over any stumbles. If there is a pattern, then next month I can take that into account when I’m setting the next goal.

Ultimately, this is a Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard :)

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bdwilson: (I Think I Made It Worse)

Making progress...

My holidays are over, alas. I did manage to focus enough to get some work done, even if I spent the first thing I did was move my furniture around. Unfortunately, the last thing I did was accept that I’ve been trying to write a fix for a problem in the narrative that actually needs to be fixed by removing large sections entirely. Joy.

I’m still going through what I have to see how much I can keep and revise to work with the new changes, which should be more than I originally thought. Right now though, the most I can saw I accomplished was progress.

I’ll take it ^_^

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bdwilson: (Any Road)

I’ve been easily distracted lately. Video games, movies, internet shows, a lot of it is pulling my attention away from the revision/rewrite I’m working on. I’ve just got NetFlix for the first time, and that’s led to watching TV shows and movies that I’ve either never seen before, or haven’t seen in a long time.

This has not been good for my productivity.

Time to fight the “oh shiny” impulse. I have holidays over the next few weeks. That will give me more time to work that is usual. My plan is to make good use of it. Hopefully my focus will co-operate :)

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bdwilson: (Idea Book)

For the past few weeks, I have been trying a new toy: a LiveScribe Echo Pen. Except for NaNoWriMo, I love doing my first drafts by hand. There’s something about it that is different from typing them into the computer first, and when I tried to switch, it just didn’t work.

The downside, of course, is the extra time it takes to type the first draft into the computer, especially if you’re like me and like to keep track of your current word count. With the Echo pen, I can translate the handwriting into typed text, and it cut down that time. There’s still a bit of touch up — it always reads my sentences that start with “He” as “16” — and it’s forcing me to pay more attention to my handwriting than I otherwise would, but it’s been an beneficial addition to my process.

It will never teach me to stop crossing things out, however, so I’ll just have to get used to deleting the gibberish that results :)

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bdwilson: (Sundial)

There is a lot of snow outside today. It most of it fell over night, which means the roads are terrible and the sidewalks aren’t cleared yet. It’s a very good day to stay inside and get some work done.

Or chores down. I haven’t quite done everything, but at this rate I expect Ill get both dishes and vacuuming to get done before I get my butt in the chair. Also possibly something resembling exercise. As a result, I’m claiming the Procrastination badge.

I really should start writing now. But, you know, dishes.

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bdwilson: (Storybook)

I have been following the Merit Badger site for a while now, and have been intending to start collecting the badges for a while. Today seemed like a good day to start, not just because it’s the New Year, but because I am writing on the laptop while lying on the couch, which means inviting feline “assistance”.

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