About three days ago I reached a milestone. I had written 20,000 words of my book. I was so excited and I still am when I look down at the word count box. I swear I never thought I would write that much on one thing. I was seriously doubtful that I would reach that length. I started this book way back in July of last year and there was only one page with about 300 words. I abandoned it a few times but I always came back to it. The latest time I came back to it I had about 15K. I’m not going to lie it felt like a chore to write it but then suddenly I started to get excited. I was getting to the parts I most wanted to write. One of my chapters reached 4K. I had set myself a goal of writing 2K but chapter 5 was probably my favorite to write. That chapter just flowed from my fingertips. Since then I’ve been writing steadily on it. I reached 21K today. I can reach my projected 65K in about sixty days if I write 800 a day and for the last three days I’ve done that.
I’m still making time for other things. I write on the manuscript while I wait for the Sims to load (They have bitten again. Alya just had a baby and Amina entered politics). I read about 40 minutes at night. On Tuesday I took the pretest for the HiSet (A equivalency test that replaced the GED here in Louisiana) and today I volunteered. I’m learning to schedule myself better. One of my nurses at the psych hospital told me that I need structure and she was right. When I got home without having to go to school any longer I craved the structure of the hospital. I’m extremely glad to have it back in some form. Generally I’m a mess without it.
I also entered my short story, One Small Step, in the Critical Mass 2 contest presented by ArtSpace. I worked hard on it and it went through six drafts but I’m pretty happy with what I wrote. I don’t know if it’ll win but I’ll be extremely happy if it does. 2014 seems like it’ll be a good year for me. 2009-2013 were terrible years mostly in the summer when it seemed like bad things struck me and my family. But I think that ended around August after I got the news that my uterus was alright and the panic attack faded away. Hopefully these next few years will be good to me. I hope they’re good to you all as well.
I started a second draft of my manuscript now titled as Art or Die. I had a serious title for my story which I’m envisioning as a coming of age plus young adult romance. But then I started thinking up names for other stuff and basically the title was too serious.
Art or Die concerns 16 year old Chloe Parker an aspiring young artist. Her parents are professionals that don’t think art is a suitable career. The story opens with Chloe meeting Jordana who has moved to Pinewood with her family to help her ailing grandfather. Norene, the Queen B of the 10th grade, doesn’t take too kindly to Jordana whom Chloe has been spending more time with. Chloe is caught between her loyalty to Norene and her burgeoning feelings for Jordana.
I have 50 pages of my original manuscript. I started it back in June 2013 with like the first page before I really started writing on it. I started outlining after the first chapter. I like the first draft but from what I have written of Art or Die I like the tone better. So do I continue to write on the first draft so I’ll have a blueprint or do I finish outlining Art or Die? Hmmm the choices…
I started a new project for 2014 and without much preparation. A friend of mine posted about a challenge to write a novella in 60 days. The goal is to write 30,000 words. I was feeling like I should take a chance because what could happen besides me not failing to finish the challenge. The forum itself is not very active but I’ve been writing on the as of yet titled novella for the past four days. It’s about a divorced woman named Brenda that is contemplating plastic surgery while dealing with her issues surrounding her husband, her mother, and her daughter.
I also signed up for my second year of Get Your Words Out over on LJ. I didn’t meet the goal I sat in 2011 but I hope to meet it this year. I again chose the Basic Level of 200,000. I’m doing good so far. And I’m trying to carve in some time to play the Sims though my game is lagging like hell. Grrr.
After getting a favorable comment on my short story from someone I trust I decided it was good enough to put up for critique. I used modifiers way too much and I’m still having trouble placing that darn comma. But I agree with most of the critique and I’m reworking it. I’m planning on entering into the Critical Mass 2 here in Shreveport. The Literary prize is 2,000 and is reviewed by three critics. Ay I’m nervous but I’m going to do it. Gotta put my work out there right?
I finished reading Rough Magic by Paul Alexander which is a biography on Sylvia Plath. Her work ethic is so inspiring to me. She managed to work on her craft and deal with school and work and juggle a social life. I mean how? Damn girl.
Number of Words: 99, 160
Projected Word Count: 200, 000
Novels Started: 3
Novels Finished: 0
Short Stories Started: 6
Short Stories Finished: 1
I didn’t start to work seriously on novels until near the end of the year. I had been writing on my online stuff at the beginning but I started to buckle down in the summer. I started looking at outlines and reworking stuff previously written. I think I wrote the opening of Chloe’s book in July or August. I am not sure.
But hey at least I finished a short story right? Now to get some more feedback! Happy New Year’s everyone!