tahariel: (Dragonbird - fly)
35984 / 100000


Still going! I'm trying to up my daily wordcount at the moment, get my brain trained for production, but time always vanishes when I'm concentrating on writing - I look up and it's been over an hour and a half and I've written maybe a thousand words, max. I don't know if this is normal, but I think the problem is that I was much more prolific back in high school and so I can't help but compare my current writing speed to my old one, even though I probably spend more time thinking about what I'm doing these days and thus produce better quality work (I hope.)

As an update to my previous whine about this, Curie is still not 100% sure about Bren, but she seems to have sort of decided she likes him. Naturally, things are about to go tits up, but that's when it gets really interesting :D

And just to satisfy my own ego, have an extract!

Random extract for yooooooou )
tahariel: (Washing machine)
19226 / 100000

It's been slow going for a few days - not sure why, think I probably shouldn't have given myself a night off when I did. Nonetheless, I seem to still be going and I've written a good amount tonight, so I'll take it as a win!


This fic made me laugh so hard my internal organs hurt. It's completely and utterly ridiculously funny crack - and yet, somehow, still seems in-character? If you would like to read about how Cobb is a registered nurse, Arthur has always secretly wanted to be Robin the Boy Wonder and Yusuf can move things with his mind, read on!

The Adventures of Yusuf, Best Superhero Ever by [livejournal.com profile] jibrailis. Extract: Yusuf had not expected the process that would start with him being bitten by a cat and end up with him becoming a superhero, but to be fair, he hadn't expected Casual Friday either.

Tags: inception, yusuf, arthur, gen, fic, cliche:superpowers, a:jibrailis

tahariel: (Dragonbird - fly)
Hi to all my lovely new friends I made today on [livejournal.com profile] lemniciate's friend-rec'ing-meme-thing! *waves at you all*

Something cool I found today: Edit Minion is an internet tool that scans your prose for weak words, funny word placements, cliches etc and points them out to you so you can decide whether to change things or not. Obviously real editing is still down to you, but I quite like it, and plan to use it to strengthen my writing in future. Speaking of...

17021 / 100000

I have a terrible feeling this story is going to be a lot longer than I intended it to be, seeing as I'm, like, a fifth of the way into my proposed wordcount and they haven't even gone on the lam yet. This would not be a problem except that I kind of want to see about getting this published someday and first time novelists find it very difficult to sell what I understand the industry calls 'chihuahua killers.'

(So named because if you hold it out at shoulder height and drop it, it would kill a chihuahua stone dead. Trufax. I am not even making this up, yo.)

However, Pachua is fast becoming the best character, despite being the only one who can't talk. Why so awesome, giant bird-lizard?
tahariel: (Dragonbird - fly)
As part of the campaign I am inflicting on myself to develop better writing discipline, I decided to instill some new writing habits into myself to try and reprogram my brain into settling down to writing when I tell it to.

It actually seems to be working, too, and no-one is more surprised than me!

This pretty much came about when I realised that as long as I was sitting on the sofa where I always sit my brain automatically fell into a sort of pissing-about mode where it just wanted to veg out and play computer games or read or watch TV. Which unfortunately was not conducive to writing.

So I figured maybe if I chose a different place to be my writing place, and always went there to write, then maybe my brain would reset to writing mode when I was there? Worth a try, right? But I hate writing at a desk, and obviously the sofa is out, so I settled on my bed as a writing place. And to reinforce it I decided to make myself a hot chocolate when I went to start writing as another sort of reminder that it was productive time now.

I've written every night this week, at least 800 words per night. Part of that, no doubt, is being excited about a new project, I'll admit, but I haven't written this much this regularly in at least three years.

So here's my wordcounter as of tonight, before I head off to bed:

9547 / 100000

Do you have any weird writing rituals or habits? Do they really help, or can you ignore them and still get on with writing?
tahariel: (Dragonbird - fly)
Suddenly and without my seeming input my current project has become a two-POV piece rather than my usual tight-third single POV. Bit weirded out to be honest. Last time I wrote multiple POV was in high school and it was a total disaster.

Then again, things seem to be going really well - probably just cursed it, but I started writing for reals on Friday and I'm 4000 words in now, which considering my track record of the last 3 years is pretty fantastic. Clearly all it took was a new project to get excited about and I'm off.

Now you can all look forward to the next time I stall, when as per usual I will complain about it vociferously to anyone who listen, including all of you. Fun times.

4156 / 100000

(100k is a total guess, BTW. I have no idea how long this will be. Hopefully not crazylong but not ridiculously short. That's what I'm aiming for, anyway.)
tahariel: (This Mortal Armour - Shield)

11728 / 50000

This Mortal Armour

I know this is still a WIP, but I've been thinking lately that I might really benefit from having a proper beta reader. Would anyone be interested? I'm looking for someone to give it a really in-depth reading and poke at it viciously until I weep but it's much better. (Kidding about the weeping... I think.) Mostly I want to approach it like a real editor would, if that makes sense.

Hope someone feels they can help! I'm not a big fan of asking on comms for a total stranger to do it, since you never know what you'll be getting.
tahariel: (The Night Tower - canals and drawbridges)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
101,729 / 120,000

120,000 words is a total guesstimate, but I do still have to write a few more parts before the Exciting! Conclusion! so it's probably a good one. Anyway, yay!

Today I'm going to go see Canterbury Cathedral down in town. If I don't go I'll be annoyed at myself later, even if I do feel like being a bit of a hermit today. Maybe go to the cinema to see Indy IV, too, but maybe Ill do that later in the week.

Dad told me on the phone on Friday that he and Gail have decided to set a date for the wedding! They're sick of waiting for the housing market, and they'll sort out whatever logistical problems this causes afterwards. Of course, typically, they decided to have it in early November, which is when I told them not to because I'm going to be on placement God knows where, so now I'm going to have to go to Gail Stephenson and beg for help on being close to home for this one, especially since I'm going to have to take a day or two off placement for it and they add up to marks this time. Dammit, Dad! I love you but this is aggravating!
tahariel: (TNT - the boundless deep)
I cracked 100,000 words on The Night Tower this morning.


Word count!

Feb. 2nd, 2008 07:48 am
tahariel: (Typewriter loves you)
As of the day before yesterday:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
80,126 / 100,000

tahariel: (The Night Tower - canals and drawbridges)
As of right now:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
75,429 / 100,000

Obviously 100,000 words is a total guestimate, but it's the maximum people will usually take for a first novel, so I'm using it as a filler number, which means that I am now 3/4 of the way through my first draft!

I'm getting there! I'm writing again now that exams are over and I have time again, I'm booking myself in to a one-day writing course on Rewriting and Editing at the university, and I really feel like I'm starting to get to the wrapping-up-plot-threads-for-the-conclusion point, which obviously rules. (I also just got to plant the first real clue as to the identity of the killer, which had to remain secret up until now. Awesome!)

So I'm really happy!


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