Writing update for 2/8/2011

I got scene 4 of “Rescue” completed tonight and it is not nearly as good as scene 3, but I’m not too worried about it at the moment, since I’m still in first draft, and the point is to get the story out and then go back and work the second-draft magic. There are two […]

Writing update for 2/7/2011

As promised, I tried out my new schedule tonight. I started writing a little early, at 7pm and wrote for about a solid hour and a half, completing the third scene of “Rescue” and adding about 1,500 words to the story. It now stands at around 4,500, out of an estimated 15,000 or so. The […]

Tonight’s writing was a literal breeze

I went through the usual routine when I put the toddler to bed. We read a book (Oh the Thinks You Can Think!) and then I sang to him, the usual fare, Bing Crosby stuff. For some reason, “Trade Winds” came to mind tonight and that turned out to be significant in helping me break […]

The new novelette is underway

After a month of reading the NaNoWriMo novel, tearing apart the first section, annotating it, and a lot of thinking, I finally got around to writing the first actually words of the new novelette, working title of “Rescue” yesterday afternoon. I managed just about 1,400 words, interrupted by the Little Man who was napped and […]

A brief writing update

I think I’m getting back on track in terms of my writing schedule (thanks again to Brad Torgersen’s inspiring post). For the second day in a row I was up before 5am and spent my two hours on two writing-related tasks. First, I organized the scenes in “Rescue” in the order I think they should […]

Small progress on “Rescue”

I was up at 5am to work on “Rescue” and begin the actual writing but I didn’t get very far. I didn’t sleep too well last night, but I also had to read a few manuscripts for the Arlington Writers Group meeting tonight and that had to take precedent this morning, since I have no […]

Anatomy of a story read-through

This afternoon I finished my read through of Part 1 of my NaNoWriMo novel. The piece was 35,500 words long. I read through it on my Kindle and made more than 165 notes as I worked through it. One of the most valuable things I’ve got from the writers groups to which I belong is […]

Using the Kindle to read story drafts

My evolution of story draft reading has come a long way in the last year. A year ago, I’d print out my first drafts, mark them up in red ink and then head into my second draft. Then I tried reading the draft within Scrivener and that worked pretty well, too, but it was a […]

Points of view

My first story for 2011, “Rescue” is the second story to take place in this universe in which I am writing. (I haven’t sold the first story yet, but I am hopeful.) The story is only loosely connected to the first, in very much the way Heinlein’s “Future History” stories were loosely connected (and written […]

Progress report on “Rescue” novelette

I haven’t been doing any actual writing on “Rescue”. Instead, I’ve been reading the first part of the NaNoWriMo novel from which I am cannibalizing the story. It turns out to be the first time I’ve read this straight through since I wrote it in the first 10 days of November. It is 35,000 words […]

Back to work

Winter vacation is over and today I head back to work, both my day and night jobs. I was up just after 5am and headed into my office to begin work on the new story, “Rescue”. I didn’t do any actual writing this morning. Instead, I spent my time reading the preface and first few […]