June 22nd, 2008
Birthdays and Progress

Today is my other mum’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mum!!! May you have many, many more. She’s off on a short holiday to celebrate her birthday, so I’m sure she’s having fun. It’s also Charli’s birthday today. HAPPY B-DAY, C! Please stop by and wish her well.

Went into work with dh yesterday and managed to write over 5K (ie 35 pages). I was so stoked. It’s amazing what no internet (ie emails and blogs) can do for ones productivity. *g* I’m going in with him again today. I doubt I’ll get as much written as I did yesterday, but I will pass page 150, so I’ll be happy. I only have 130 pages left to meet the Fast Draft goal of 280 pages. My goal is a little higher page count. I want a minimum of 310 pages when I finish the rough draft. I’m sure some of you are thinking, ‘but isn’t that way short of novel length’? It is, but it won’t be by the time I go back through the manuscript and edit. I know the book is missing a bunch of information, description, romance interactions, etc. I probably have thirty pages alone of needed additions in the first 140 pages that I’ve written. I’m a VERY sparse writer. When I write a first draft, it mainly consists of dialogue, action and a tiny bit of introspection/description. And when I say tiny, I mean TINY. It’s something I’m working on.

I’ve decided along with the writing projects that I’m trying to finish, I’m going to read through several craft books. I’m making a list of my top ten and slowly working my way through them. I don’t always find a lot in most craft books, but even a grain of help works to build ones writing. I’m currently reading SETTING by Jack Bickham. So far, it’s been helpful. It’s not a riveting read, but it has useful information.

And now that I’ve made you nod off, I’ll scoot. 😉

8 comments to “Birthdays and Progress”

  1. Do you enjoy writing more with the fast draft method, Jordan, or is the creative bug about the same?

  2. Bernard, I don’t know if it’s a case of enjoying anything more or less creatively. I certainly enjoy having massive word count days and being productive. The point behind the Fast Draft method is to quiet the inner critic and get the words down onto the page. (Can’t fix a blank page.) I’m following the outline I created a few weeks back. I couldn’t Fast Draft without it. But to be honest, the times when I feel most creative come when I’m developing a new story idea. That’s when writing is fun. The rest is work. *g* Fast Draft helps with the ‘work’ side of things.

  3. thanks for the birthday wishes! Although it turns out frivolity and page count don’t mix well. Which is why Fast Draft is so fabulous; put head down, barrel ahead. Congrats on your progress!

  4. I don’t think you should have to do anything on your birthday, but eat cake and laugh. 😀 I hope you had a great one.

    I managed another 5K+ today and I think my brain hurts. 😆

  5. Jordan…. :mrgreen: gee, if I beg and plead and promise you any treat I can get my hands on, will you let me read the book that comes after RED…like…uh… soon?

    Cuz I finished RED last night and loved it and want more. 😈

  6. Shiloh, LOL! You are so bad. 😆

    I’m glad you enjoyed RED. 🙂

  7. Yez…. but I can getz treatz. 😎

  8. I have no doubt! *ggg*