Progress Report: 24/03/2014 – 30/03/2014

Welcome to week twelve. I’m glad I decided to wind it down for a week. I’m feeling a lot more refreshed.

I spent some time (not a lot) working on the random novel that I started the other week. I’ve decided I’m going to add it to my list of actual projects and have a go at progressing it properly next week – so that will be Dystopian Novel. I’ve also put down a few words for the next Rag & Bones Short, which I will also try to add to over the next week.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 2.00
  • Tuesday: 1.00
  • Wednesday: 3.25
  • Thursday: 1.25
  • Friday: 3.75
  • Saturday: 3.75
  • Sunday: 5.75

Total hours: 20.75

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Progress Report: 17/03/2014 – 23/03/2014

Welcome to week eleven. This has been a slow week – mainly because I still had my cold for most of it and I didn’t feel like reading on most days.

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Rag & Bones: Secrets

Aim: To edit, Monday to Friday.

Goal achieved. I completed one read-through edit, but didn’t convert the file to Kindle format. I don’t think it’s ready for that. I’m going to let it rest a couple of weeks and then do another edit.

I’m not going to set any goals for next week. I feel like I need a break. But I will do some work, I just don’t feel like I want to commit to specfics.

Other writring

None achieved this week.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 1.00
  • Tuesday: 1.75
  • Wednesday: 1.00
  • Thursday: 0
  • Friday: 1.00
  • Saturday: 0.25
  • Sunday: 2.00

Total hours: 7.00

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Progress Report: 10/03/2014 – 16/03/2014

Welcome to week ten. This week wasn’t as productive as some others. There were several reasons:

  • A family birthday celebration
  • Me getting a cold
  • Spending time on platform building tasks

I still have the cold – bleurgh!.

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Rag & Bones: Secrets

Aim: To edit, Monday to Friday.

Goal achieved. I completed one read-through edit on my Kindle and started a second with a pdf version (made from the paperback format). Next week I will continue with this edit and probably go on to convert the file to a ‘proper’ eBook version.

Other writring

None achieved this week.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 0.25
  • Tuesday: 3.00
  • Wednesday: 1.50
  • Thursday: 3.00
  • Friday: 1.25
  • Saturday: –
  • Sunday: –

Total hours: 9.00

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Reading Habits (5): Too Much of a Good Thing

Anyone who writes knows that they tend to read in a much more analytical way.

One thing that I’ve noticed about my reading is that I don’t like too much description. If I come across a passage where someone is describing every single detail about a room, or all the different flowers in a bouquet, my eyes gloss over and I find I’ve lost my place. Some of the books I’ve read recently have taken whole paragraphs describing a location or a situation, or even more and I can’t bear it.

I know that there are plenty of people who like this kind of description, and each to their own, but it’s not for me.

I guess it’s a bit like not liking pictures of the main characters on the front of a book. I want to be able to imagine them in my own mind. If you tell me every last thing about them, by giving me a picture, what is there left to imagine? Or it’s like watching the film before you’ve read the book. Your mind is then coloured by what was on the screen.

It’s probably also why I don’t like writing description very much. I always find I have to go back and add it in amongst all the dialogue I write in my first draft.

How about you? Do you like a lot of description, or just the bare minimum so that you can make your own pictures?

Progress Report: 04/03/2014 – 09/03/2014

Welcome to week nine. This week didn’t entirely go as planned. Although I’d planned to work on both Secrets and the Sci-fi Novel, I found that I couldn’t edit both alongside each other – it was too difficult to swap between them.

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Rag & Bones: Secrets

Aim: To edit, Monday to Friday.

  • Monday: 3,350
  • Tuesday: –
  • Wednesday: –
  • Thursday: –
  • Friday: 6,977

Goal not achieved. Next week I will work mainly on this book, but without any specific targets .

Sci-fi Novel

Aim: To edit Monday to Friday.

  • Monday: –
  • Tuesday: 14,874
  • Wednesday: 23,778
  • Thursday: 30,872
  • Friday: 43,462

Although I didn’t work on this every day, I did go right through to the end. There is still a lot to do before I complete a proper first draft, but I won’t be working on this at all next week. It needs to rest.

Rag & Bones Shorts: 1941

Aim: To edit and prepare for publishing.

Goal achieved. This short is now published.

Other writring

I didn’t work on anything else this week, apart from a quick look over my NFFD competition entry, which I sent off.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 3.75
  • Tuesday: 2.75
  • Wednesday: 2.75
  • Thursday: 3.25
  • Friday: 2.50
  • Saturday: 3.25
  • Sunday: 2.75

Total hours: 21.00

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Reading Habits (4): Not in my Own Genre

A significant number of writers say, usually on their blogs or in forum posts, that:

(1) They don’t read (very much), and/or;

(2) They don’t read in their own genre.

I don’t understand this. The only way to learn what works and what doesn’t is to read what others have written and the only way to know what is acceptable in your own genre, is to read in that. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you only have to read in your own genre. I read many different types of books, as I’ve already mentioned in previous posts, and they all help me improve my own writing in some way. It does seem to me that people who don’t read and yet want/try to be a writer, are missing a trick, and, quite frankly, are doing themselves a disservice.

Progress Report: 24/02/2014 – 02/03/2014

Welcome to week eight.

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Rag & Bones: Secrets

Aim: To edit 5,000 words per day, Monday to Friday.

  • Monday: 34,395
  • Tuesday: 39,962
  • Wednesday: 45,677
  • Thursday: 53,315

Goal achieved. I actually finished this edit on Thursday, rather than Friday, as planned, and I didn’t feel like working on the Sci-fi novel afterwards, so I transferred the text into a paperback book format and also made a copy that I could read through on my Kindle. Next week, I will be doing a read-through on the Kindle at the same time as editing to the paperback version. I’m not going to set a word target per day, but just see how I go.

Sci-fi Novel

Starting word count:43,999. Aim: To increase wordcount by 500 – 1,000 words each day, Monday to Friday.

  • Monday: 44,563
  • Tuesday: 45,157
  • Wednesday: 45,501
  • Thursday: –
  • Friday: 3,369

Total wordcount: Well, I didn’t work on this every day as planned and I got to the point where I needed to start getting ruthless with the text. Therefore, I have started transferring the text one chapter at a time into a new document. As the totals above show, I have reached 3,369 in this new document. I am resetting the word counter on the progress meter to account for this. Next week I will continue to do this, but with no specific wordcount.

Rag & Bones Shorts: 1941

Aim: To edit and prepare for publishing.

Goal achieved. The document is now in Kindle format and another edit performed. The aim for next weekend is to prepare for Smashwords and to do one final edit.

Other writring

I have also written more for the other novel, which now stands at 3,442 words.

Reading

Aim: To monitor time spent reading over the week.

  • Monday: 1.75
  • Tuesday: 3.25
  • Wednesday: 2.5
  • Thursday: 2.5
  • Friday: 3.0
  • Saturday: 2.25
  • Sunday: 3.5

Total hours: 18.75

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