At the time of writing this post, I have only written six paragraphs in my current writing project, which I will not share much details until I've written about half of the story. Six paragraphs may not be much, especially considering the fact that I once wrote at a 1,500 words-per-day pace over two months, which is pretty incredible to me that I was able to accomplish that feat, even though I never finished the novel.
Nevertheless, I remain hopeful in my writing prospects. I still enjoy creative writing, and I may yet be able to publish something before Summer rolls along.
I apologize for my lengthy absence. Other things have taken my attention away from writing. I doubt I will be writing a full-length novel anytime soon, but I will be doing some writing. Right now I am not sure if I will be publishing anything within the next couple months, but I do have a writing projects in the works that I will be pecking at when I am not busy with other things.
As for the newsletter, as well as short stories that I mentioned in my previous post, they will no longer be worked on.
My writing journey has been quite the up and down expedition, and I am not giving up on my writing. I'll write another update in a week or so when I can add more clarity to my writing direction.
Before diving into my special announcement, I will give a quick update on The Broken Barrier. In the last update I mentioned that the first draft will likely be completed in early January. I still have a long ways to go, so I think it is more likely that the draft will be finished in late January, and possibly published sometime in February or perhaps even March.
In the meantime, as for my announcement, once a week on Saturdays, starting on the 19th of January, I will be writing a posting another story on my blog. Each post will be like an individual chapter, so it will be like writing another novel, though it will not be as detailed as The Broken Barrier. In a few days I will be posting a "teaser" for what I will be writing.
I will also prepare a newsletter to coincide with the weekly story series, so keep an eye for another update for a newsletter. Thanks for checking in!
Writing The Broken Barrier has taken much more time than I had originally anticipated, but in the long run, it is for the best. I've learned some lessons along the way so far that I will share in a future post once I've finished my novel and publish it, but for the time being, the two biggest things that I have learned about writing a novel is that not only does it take a lot of time to do so, it also requires a lot of discipine.
One of the reasons that it has been taking so long for me to finish my novel is that I have revised the plot at least four times already. While the first two adjustments were frustrating, as it caused me to miss my original deadline of November 31st, the last two refinements, have made the story much more interesting.
The amount of plot changes has also led me to the decision to write a trilogy. The Broken Barrier will not be a single novel. It will come in three books. If all goes well, the whole series will be done by the end of next year, and I currently do not anticipate any more significant plot changes for the first book. Since there won't be any more significant changes to the plot, the first draft (if it could be called that after being rewritten several times already...) will be done in early January, and if everything goes well after the first draft and the meticulous editing process, I hope to publish the first book by the end of January.
I will also strive to update my blog at a more frequent rate. I've also created a twitter account (https://twitter.com/zkbooks). Thanks for checking in, and come back within a few days to see another update!
32,675 is my current word count for my upcoming novel, The Broken Barrier. Considering the fact that I had to completely restart my novel over Thanksgiving weekend, I am happy with my current progress.
As of right now I cannot realistically offer an accurate timetable for when the first draft will be complete. I would like to think that I will be able to finish writing the first draft within ten days, and while it is an obtainable goal, I am also adding more meat to the plot, so it is possible that finishing the first draft will take longer than I anticipate. The ability to churn out 20,000 words or more over a week or two hinges on how much new and captivating content I can write.
I can however, present some of my current goals. My original goal for the novel was 50,000 words by the end of November and publishing soon afterwards. Now my word count goal rests in the 60-75,000 word range, and if my creative juices are consistently flowing, achieving that goal is plausible.
Thanks for checking in!
Earlier this week I decided to take a break from writing my novel. That meant decreasing my chances of finishing my novel by the end of November, but I needed the mental rest from creative writing. Prior to the break, I made significant changes to the plot of the story. It needed more substance, and I believe I added more interesting details to the story. As a result, my writing has been setback, and I doubt I will finish The Broken Barrier by the end of November.
It is for the best, however, as it means that my novel will be better than just pushing through the original plot and writing a story that really needs more depth. I can still get most of the novel done by November 30th, but I doubt the first draft will be finished until sometime in early December.
This is my first real attempt at writing a novel, and though I wish I could finish it in time for National Novel Writing Month, I would much rather write a good novel and than an "okay" novel. I will be able to keep most of what I have written thus-far, so I won't need to do much re-writing, if any, until I finish my first draft.
Thanks for checking in, and please come back soon for another update!
It has been some time since my last update. But do not worry! I have kept up with my writing, and as of today, my current word count is approximately 28,689!
I'm about 3000 words short of the goal, but catching up will not be too difficult. For instance, this past Friday I wrote 3000 words, Saturday 4000 words, and yesterday 1000 words.
I'm also in the middle of reorganizing my outline, as plenty of new ideas came to mind while writing my novel. Though the goal is 50,000 words by the end of November, I suspect my novel will have more words than that.
I will provide another update by the end of the week, so please check back soon!
After seven days of working on my novel called The Broken Barrier, I have written a total of 10,020 words. My writing goal is 50,000 words by the end of November since its National Novel Writing Month, and I am technically behind schedule! It does not worry me, however, since two things have given me encouragement.
First, I have never written 10,000 words in a writing project before. I've tried to write novels in the past, but it was rare for me to ever get past 5,000 words. Sometimes I ran out of inspiration, other times motivations for writing dwindled and disappeared. Not this time! I feel like I can write 40,000 more words (maybe)!
Second, I've never sat down and and try to contribute to one writing project seven days in a row. There is nothing wrong with taking a break, but I am participating in a writing marathon of sorts, so any break will set me back.
I realize that I sound like I'm bragging even with a long ways to go yet, but if you're reading this post and following my progress as a writer, and if you yourself would like to write a novel someday, something as simple as 10,000 words is a great accomplishment.
Thanks for checking it, and come back soon for more updates!
Today has been the third day of the National Novel Writing Month. I am, of course, participating and hoping to complete a novel by the end of November. It will not be easy.
The general word-count goal for any participating is 50,000, and so far I have written 4,243 words. Although I am almost 800 words short of the target goal of 5,000 words by this point, I am pleased with my progress. I've never written a novel before, definitely not 50,000 words for any writing project. To be honest, I don't think I've reached 10,000. To go from never crossing the 10,000 word threshold to reach the plateau of 50,000 will be challenging, but that it why I signed up for the competition. I don't care about winning it, though it would be pretty great if I did. I will just be happy writing a novel from start to finish.
You can keep up with my progress by checking my blog, going to my Facebook page, or by taking a look at my goal tracker for my novel at the National Novel Writing Month website (nanowrimo.org). Thanks!