Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Word Count Wednesday

Well, this was a pretty good week for me.  I tinkered around with my manuscript, added an epilogue and part of a new scene, which added up to just over 2000 words.  I am loving the direction this story has taken!

How did you do this week?  Are you deciding whether to do NaNoWriMo this year?

And can you come to the sprint tonight at 8 p.m. MST?

8 comments:

Janice Sperry said...

I think I will do NaNo this year. I haven't ever done it, but I think I need something that will make me write straight through. I'm so bad about going back and rewriting the same chapter over and over again. I think the way to avoid that is to write an outline. Who else outlines? I could use some advice. I need to go back and read David Farland's Million Dollar Outline book. Any other recommendations?

No sprint for me. We have parent teacher conferences for the middle school tonight. That's a lot of teachers.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

What kind of outline are you thinking of? A full outline? A partial?

Good luck at parent/teacher! Maybe next week. :)

Janice Sperry said...

The only outlining I've ever done was about a paragraph for each chapter. I ended up scrapping it as I wrote because I changed plot points as I went along. Maybe I should do a complete one to keep me on track.

What do you do, Julie?

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Janice, I read this article today and thought of you. http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2011/09/misconceptions-about-outlining.html

For me, each book is different. Some books require a deeper outline than others. I keep a book notebook, where I jot down the ideas for the story, where I think each chapter will go, character arcs, descriptions, background, etc. It's my book bible and filled with tons of stuff that gets deleted from the story, or gets expanded on.

That really doesn't answer your question, though. It's sort of a "it depends" thing for me. :) Does that make sense?

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Here's some other outlining ideas for you if you want non-traditional

http://diymfa.com/writing/nontraditional-outline-techniques

Debra Erfert said...

I've learned that I need to "kinda" outline, (bulle tpoints at the bottom of each chapter) and then write by-the-seat-of-my-pants. It's a cooperative between the two types of writing, and so far it seems to have worked for me. Sort of. If I can get an actual publisher to publish a single book, then I'll feel vindicated. Signing contracts and then having them fall through, for whatever reasons, just didn't cut it.

I am not doing the NaNo this year. I'm only a quarter of the way through my current WIP, a historical romance, and hope to be done by the end of November.

I'll try veeeerrrry hard to remember the 7pm start time for our sprint!!!!

Debra Erfert said...

*bullet points

Kami McArthur said...

Way to go! I'm not doing NaNoWriMo, but I'll cheer on every who is.