The first draft was delivered to indigoliquidd on New Years Eve. :) 17 months ago
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I did it! I actually finished an entire first draft of one of my stories. It needs a lot more work before its ready to be seen, but I still did it! It’s something I’ve never been able to achieve before. My mind was always bouncing from one idea to another and I would get bored and stop writing.
A HUGE thanks to Indigo for being the motivation that helped me finally finish one. I can’t thank her enough! :)
Now to finish my NaNo word count with book two so I can get to editing. 19 months ago
I’ve been bit by the NaNo bug which means that a bit of progress has been made on this goal. I’ve been editing what I wrote last NaNo and in the few months following.
I also pulled out my writing box last night (pictured above). It’s been amusing to read through the things in it. It has writing dating back to elementary school. It’s painful to read. lol I never realized just how much I have. Granted most of it’s junk, but there’s at least ten full spiral notebooks, a bunch of loose leaf, and two binders full. If I could ever get my old story computer functioning again there’s even more on that!
Less than three months to complete this goal. I’m determined to do it. 20 months ago
I’ve had write for at least a half hour on my to-do list for the past few days and I haven’t done it. I don’t understand why. I love writing. I like slipping off to a different world and creating something… But for some reason this week I just have not been finding enjoyment in the things that I usually do. I’ve been feeling apathy towards a lot of things right now. It hasn’t gotten to the point of being depressed, but I’ve definitely been dipping. I’ve felt disconnected. My anxiety has been on the fritz. I just don’t feel right. Sometimes I feel like I’m on the rebound from whatever funk I’ve been in, but not at this moment and this goal and others are suffering because of it.
Why is it that every time I feel like I’m getting my life in order, I manage to tear myself down? Ugh, I dislike how whiney I’ve been feeling lately. 2 years ago
It’s been slow going again. :( I’m such a bad BFF! However, the past few nights I’ve made some more progress thanks to focusing my days with a new to do list goal (I’m really liking this one almost as much as my cleaning goal!).
Anyway, tonight I had an epiphany about a character that kind of threw me for a loop and it led to me writing the ending. I’ve never had an ending for a story, but there it was. Now I just have to figure out how to get from where I am to the end. And then I’ll need another goal because it’s going to end in a cliff hanger (Sorry Indigo!). 2 years ago
Since my last update on this goal, I’ve re-read what I wrote during NaNoWriMo. I cut about six hundred words. It kind of makes me feel like I didn’t win anymore, but it had to go. It was junk.
I found a compromise for my writing process. What’s on the computer is there. It’s not going anywhere. I just have to deal with it. But I’ve picked up where I left off at the end of Nano in a journal that Michelle bought me. It’s giving me even more motivation for this goal. She gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago with a card that said even though I wasn’t writing much she still liked to think of me as a writer. That and knowing how excited indigo is about it, has really inspired me.
Tonight BF and I started reading back through what I’ve written together. It’s the first time he’s ever read a “real” story of mine. He’s read things I wrote for class, but this is different. This story means much more to me than those did. It was slightly intimidating. I was baring a part of me that I never have before. Strange that six years later there can still be something like that! 2 years ago
So I’ve been failing epically at this goal. I haven’t looked at the story since the week after Nano ended. :( I’ve had so many other things that I’ve been doing. I got back into reading which takes up a huge chunk of my day without me even realizing it. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do what I want, which is insane considering how much free time I have at the moment.
Tonight I decided to try to get back to “my way” of writing (handwriting and then transferring it to the computer), but after writing the first page of the story into my notebook I realized how much of a waste of time that would be. There are over 50,000 words. Handwriting that would take FOREVER. So I had a mini-freak out. I’ve had the same writing processing since 6th grade. Breaking it and trying to do everything on the computer is really freaking me out, but I’m going to try.
I’ve enlisted batt3687 as an editor, but he won’t look at it till it’s finished. I really need to start focusing on this more. I’m making it a personal challenge to finish the first draft of this book by December 31st of this year. Hopefully it won’t take that long, but my track record with finishing stories I start isn’t all that good (I have roughly 14 supposed to be novel length stories started and zero finished). 2 years ago
I changed the title of this goal from “write a novel and get it published” to “finish the book for indigoliquidd.” The story is the one I worked on for Nano and Indigo (aka S) has been wanting to know what happens. I really want to see it through to the end.
I also found out today that one of the prizes is a free proof copy of the novel! I have till July to use the code. We’ll see what happens. 2 years ago