Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WIP Wednesday -- ain't done it in a while

Here's where things stand for me, writing-wise:

1. Finished re-editing an older book, 'Elfhame' -- my personal favorite out of all my stories.

2. Putting the finishing touches on the phat outline for my next book, which I'm now calling 'Chronon'.

3. Sent a description of both projects to my agent almost a month ago, and haven't heard back.

4. Have decided to write my next book as a participant in NaNoWriMo ('National Novel Writing Month', in case you ain't never heard of it). This is my profile. If you're participating, add me as a writing buddy.

I've been hanging around with the local Wrimos since 2006, but I haven't been able to be a 'real' competitor for the last two years. As luck would have it, both Novembers were spent mired in horrific revisions. My area's a bit light on writerly folks, so I really enjoyed the networking aspect of NaNo: meeting other writers, talking shop and whatnot, but I felt bad about ending the month with no real word count. Despite writing twelve full books, I've been a NaNoWriMo 'loser' four years in a row. And I do so hate to feel 'loser'-ey. Lucky for me, this November, my writing schedule and NaNo coincide -- I'll be working on the first draft of Chronon. Serendipitous, no?

I should mention that my usual writing pace for a first draft is about 4000 words a day; NaNo's 50k should be a paltry twelve-and-a-half days for me. I don't expect my writing to suffer from NaNo's self-proclaimed "kamikazee, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing." I'm actually hoping that having local writer buds to encourage me will make make my writing better. And even if I do end up with yet another pile of excrement, at the end of the month, I expect I'll have had a bit of fun.

And like I mentioned in my last post -- I really only seem to be writing for fun these days.


bunnyjo georg said...

You write 4000 words a day!??!?!???!?????????? Unbelievable. I'm impressed!!!

Anita said...

I've never done NaNo...maybe next year (this should be my theme song).

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Yay for NaNo! Yay for serendipity!Yay for writing with others! Yay for you. I'm looking forward to nano for similar reasons - but there is no way I can comfortable do it in 12 days! I have to say even 30 is going to be a stretch for me. But then I guess that is what it is about!

K. M. Walton said...

Twelve books! Even though I already know this about you -- it still makes me want to type -- twelve books! Because twelve books is just freaking awesome.

I find it impossible to believe that out of said twelve books, you don't have one "submission ready" -- it just can't be.

VeeFlower said...

And of course you have a mother who likes to read what you write and who gives marvelous reviews, so keep me in mind when you have it done!

Ray Veen said...

Bunny -- Yeah, my daily goal is 14 - 16 pages. But I have five or six hours a day to write before I go to work.

Anita -- Aye. You should.

Tina -- I'm sure you can do it. As long as you protect your writing time like I do.

KM -- If only 'submission ready' were the issue. My problem is of a different nature, but I can't really speak of such things in public.

Mom -- Of course. As always, you'll be one of the first ones to read it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, hooray, Ray! I'm so glad that you'll be participating with us! :D