Bi-Weekly Novel Progress: Aug 1 – 13, 2017

Writing Stats for July 31-Aug 13, 2017

  • Starting word count: 137,882
  • End word count: 135,830
  • New words written: 2,132
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 10 hours
  • Editing + outlining hours (estimate): 2 hours 30 minutes

status updates for the last two weeks

  • Outlined first scene in Chapter 15 (previously 16)
  • Wrote two scenes in Chapter 15 (previously 16)
  • Revised and edited Chapter 8 (removed 164 words / 11% and 69 words / 12%)
  • Revised Chapter 11 and edited first scene (removed 302 words / 17%)
  • Reorganized upcoming chapters and removed plotlines that would add too many words

Writing Practice

Gave both the meh coffee shop and nice tea shop another try. I wish they were open a little later, both close at 6pm. I’ve actually wound up at the meh coffee shop three times just due to convenience. Also scoped out a new local tasting room as a potential writing spot for NaNoWriMo, but I’m not sold.

work Plan for Next week

  • Write remaining scene in Chapter 15 (previously 16)
  • Finish ending of Chapter 15 scene (previously 16)
  • Edit second scene in Chapter 11 and finish writing ending
  • Outline / zero draft Chapter 18
  • Edit Chapters 16 and 17

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Weekly Novel Update: Week of July 17, 2017

Writing Stats for July 17-23, 2017

  • Starting word count: 141,703
  • End word count: 137,882
  • New words written: 1,119
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 7 hours 45 minutes
  • Editing + outlining hours (estimate): 2 hours

status updates for the week

  • Wrote final scene for Chapter 6
  • Wrote final scene for Chapter 13
  • Updated Chapter 14
  • Revised Chapter 5 (removed 469 words / 15%)
  • Revised Chapter 10 (added 20 words)
  • Reviewed and revised outline for parts 2 and 3
  • Removed unneeded scenes from parts 2 and 3
  • Started zero draft for first scene in Chapter 16

Writing Practice

Tried out another coffee shop in biking distance from my house: good food but only a handful of tables and time-limited wifi. Don’t think I’ll become a regular there.

writing at the tea shopTested out a local tea shop for my weekly solo writing session: we may have a winner! I was worried it would be awkward to stay and work, but there were a few other people who stayed as long as I did, so I’m calling it good :) Plus, yummy tea! So many coffee shops have bad tea options and I’m not a coffee drinker.

work Plan for Next week

  • Revise Chapter 8
  • Revise Chapter 11
  • Outline / zero draft Chapter 16
  • Write Chapter 16
  • Outline / zero draft Chapter 18

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Weekly Novel Progress: Week of July 10, 2017

Writing Stats for July 10-16, 2017

  • Starting word count: 144,583
  • End word count: 141,703 (removed outline docs, existing chapter 13 and prologue)
  • New words written: 2,048
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 6 hours 45 minutes
  • Editing hours (estimate): 2 hours 50 minutes

status updates for the week

So close, but still not done with part one!

  • Revised Chapter 15
  • Wrote new scene for Chapter 13
  • Edited most of Chapter 5 (on paper)
  • Rewrote Chapter 9

Writing Practice

Gave the new coffee shop another shot, with the addition of biking there :) Also went to another writing meetup that I hit a few times a year.

Still need to figure out where to write on Thursday afternoons. Attempted to do a smidge of work at the local library but it’s not a comfortable workspace and I wound up writing emails instead.

work Plan for Next week

  • Outline and write remaining scene for Chapter 6
  • Fill in small gap in Chapter 15
  • Revise Chapter 10
  • Write remaining scene in Chapter 13
  • Review outline of Part Two

Weekly Novel Progress: Weeks of June 26 and July 3, 2017

I’m combining two weeks of writing updates since I was on vacation over the Fourth of July weekend :)

Writing Stats for June 26-July 9, 2017

  • Starting word count: 148,210
  • End word count: 144,583 (cleared out some outline docs and unused scene)
  • New words written: 3,509
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 6 hours 30 minutes (RescueTime was apparently not connected for five days, so this is an underestimate)
  • Editing hours (estimate): 1 hour

status updates for the week

  • Wrote last scene in Chapter 8
  • Wrote last scene in Chapter 11
  • Wrote Chapter 14
  • Revised Chapter 2

I’m very close to finishing part one!
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Weekly Novel Progress: Week of June 19, 2017

Writing Stats for June 19-25, 2017

  • Starting word count: 148,059
  • End word count: 148,210
  • New words written: 1,433
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 3 hours 49 minutes

status updates for the week

  • Wrote scene in Chapter 8

Writing Practice

I found out this week that my favorite coffee shop, where I go to write at least one and sometimes two times a week, is closing. Tragedy! And also, catastrophe for my productivity! I get the most writing done away from home, and the coffee shop was my most productive location :( For my group writing day, we’ve picked another coffee shop in the next town over to try out, but that’s definitely not convenient for my weekly afternoon writing session.

I get very little writing done in my home office, and I’m not sure whether that’s due to being at home or disliking the space. (Usually as soon as I hop on my desktop computer, I find myself paying bills or catching up on my feed reader.) I’m considering how I can change my space to make it somewhere that feels more conducive to working. I’ve got the wall taped off for a fun new paint color, but I might also move the desk location.

Trying to get back into the habit of doing Pomodoro’s… I mean Cuckoos…

I’ve joined on with another group writing spreadsheet with some others with 500 words/day goals. I don’t necessarily feel the need to write every day, but an average of 500 words/day would be nice. Generally I’m focused more on the amount of time I spend writing, shooting for 10 hours a week of writing or editing. It’s been relatively motivating to participate in, although I have it pop up (via RescueTime) after I’ve been working for half an hour, so if I don’t do any writing I don’t get that negative feedback ;)

work Plan for Next week

Carrying over the work plan from last week… Next weekend is a long holiday weekend, and I’m planning to go camping, so I may be able to get some more revision done (and less writing).

  • Write last scene in Chapter 8
  • Outline and write remaining scene for Chapter 6
  • Write Chapter 12
  • Revise Chapter 2
  • Revise remaining two scenes in Chapter 10