Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WiP Wednesday 5/19

It's that time of week again!  Time for me to belly up the podium and confess my progress, or lack thereof.

This week, I decided to make myself accountable.  I've begun writing down my daily word count, no matter how pathetic.  I'd realized that I wasn't really keeping very good tabs on my progress and so my update posts felt rather pointless.

No more.

This week I pushed past 50% complete on my novel.  I do feel that I'm roughly halfway through the story.  Which is a good feeling.  I was so excited when I hit that benchmark.  I'd been waiting a long time to hit that one.

Other progress.

Total word count on the week: 5,237.  I know it's rather low.  I had a couple long days at work last week and it just wiped me out.  My big days for word count really have been these last two.  Monday and Tuesday I wrote 1455 and 1452, respectively.  Which was huge considering my combined word count of Thursday through Saturday was a whopping 269.  Yeah, I know.

I'm no longer pushing for a May 31 completion.  That would just be asking way too much at this point.  My new goal is June 20.

I have continued to up the ante and put roadblocks in the path to success for my MC.  I know that soon I will have to start letting him have some success because there's only a certain amount of time I can string him along for and get away with it.

I'm still struggling with the love triangle part.  My MC's current girlfriend has no idea that he's spending all these nights off on grand adventures with the other party in the love triangle.  He's not cheating on her and he's only just getting inklings of feeling more for the other girl.

Him being in the hospital and laid up right now might prove a good breeding ground for dissent in the triangle.  We'll see.

How are your WiPs going?  Any major breakthroughs you want to report?  Major milestones?  Go ahead and share 'em in the comments.  It's a day to celebrate!


  1. WOW Well done you on treating your writing so seriously. I wish I could. I still dream about being published and because it's only a dream I don't treat my own WIP novel 'Soul Chaser' as seriously. Although I have in one small way by declaring what was a series of short stories my WIP novel chapters and then I spent 2 weeks pluggin it away on twitter to get ppl to read chapters so far and vote for its title. Which did make it feel a little bit serious as choosing the title on writing you've already written is a big step - almost like saying I do in a metaphorial wedding to the WIP hehehe.
    I'm currently still thinking on doing Chapter 4 and realising how much I wanted to pack in may have to be split to continue into chapter 5. I must admitt though it is all thinking at present as I'm trying hard to write fresh original material for several competitions I want to enter which are coming up. Please do visit my blog to find out what they are.
    But I admire you for being so open about this and I'm jealous of your determination. But like you I find each day after work sometimes too tiring to write focused but I've been managing ok on my new short story so maybe I'll transfer it to my WIP this weekend :)

    Thanks for the updates you're a great inspiration and make me want to get motivated about my writing.

  2. Just found your blog. Awesome. I really need to use your method of writing down a daily word count no matter how pitiful. I always try to encourage myself (and anyone else who will listen) to take an honest look at progress, and move on from ideas I am not passionate enough about to see through to completion ... but, I forget to actually do so sometimes.

  3. Hey, I thought more than 5,000 words a week is great for someone who works full-time. When I write 5,000 words, it's a fantastic week!

  4. Love triangles are hard to do! I have one in my WIP and it wasn't easy.
    I'm still revising, but I'm finally nearly done!

  5. My progress isn't great this week. A couple of long days at work & volunteering at school have sucked up my time. This weekend I'm going to get back on track.

  6. I generally don't monitor my wordcount because it seems that some passages take longer to work through and get on paper. Or into a Word file. So I take that fluctuation into account, but still try to produce daily.


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