Monthly Review: August 2017

I’m doing my second monthly review a week early because I’m headed on vacation and won’t have wifi access. So this is for August 1 through August 26. Here’s July’s review, and my thinking behind trying a monthly review.

Creatively Productive

Proof of writing, aka coffee shops I have known

what did I make last month?

  • Total New Novel Words Written: 4,105 (39% fewer than last month)
  • Total Hours Novel Writing (Scrivener): 16 hours 45 minutes (22% less than last month)
  • Total Hours Novel Editing (estimate): 4 hours 45 minutes (same as last month)
  • Wrote a blog post about how much it cost to replace my lawn with a garden
  • Sketched front and profile character designs for the main character in my Little Mermaid comic retelling (last year’s NaNoWriMo project)
  • Sketched a rough mockup for a T-shirt design

I completed novel progress reports for Weeks 1 & 2 and Week 3.

creative work to make in September

I’ll be on vacation for a good portion of September so I’ll get a nice break from writing. I might bring along printed chapters to mark up, but there’s a good chance that I won’t do anything related to my book while I’m away, and that’s fine. It would also be a good opportunity for me to do some outlining for upcoming chapters. Earlier in the year, I was using a chapter worksheet to drill down on each chapter, so I might dig that back out too.

I need to start putting a little more thought into my NaNoWriMo project for this fall. I’m continuing the fairy tale trend and plan to do a retelling of Beauty and the Beast in space.

The next issue of Liminal Stories comes out in October, so I’ll need to illustrate my assigned short story in September.

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Weekly Novel Progress: Week of Aug 14, 2017

Writing Stats for Aug 14-20, 2017

  • Starting word count: 135,830
  • End word count: 137,103
  • New words written: 1,973
  • Scrivener hours (per Rescue Time): 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Editing hours (estimate): 1 hour 15 minutes

status updates for the week

  • Edited / rewrote second scene in Chapter 11
  • Finished writing scene in Chapter 15
  • Outlined half of scene in Chapter 15
  • Edited half of Chapter 16
  • Edited / rewrote Chapter 17

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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