Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Word Count Wednesday - 7 November 2018

Things I worked on last week:
  • NaNoWriMo Project (Duality): 9433 words

What am I working on?
Whoo, boy, goodness gracious. As you may know, National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, and week 1 has come and gone (mostly). Sadly, I'm not working on a project that I'd think I'll be able to publish (since it's borrowing characters and whatnot), but I needed to scrounge out something last-minute. I like to call this one of my many "practice projects."


How do I feel about the process?
I'm a little behind at the moment of writing this blog post, but I'm going to take the majority of today to catch up and add more to my drafts that I stumbled on when writing them. At the very least, I'll be able to use this month to practice pacing and editing, since I feel that those are my biggest weaknesses at the moment. I can put words on a page, yes, but that doesn't mean that it's pleasant for anyone to read.

This is the first time I'm using an outline to write. It's not in-depth, nor is it just "a collection of scene ideas" as I've done in the past; meaning that the plot is mostly there as a guide to keep me on track, but the actual pieces (character arcs and interactions) are still vague. I've since learned that following an in-depth outline hindered me more than helped me when it came time to sit down and actually write the goshdarned thing, yet going without some kind of general structure made me lose events a lot easier and needing to kill my darlings a lot more.

What am I reading?
I've read quite a few books since my last update, and I don't think I can list all of them at the moment (since I should be working on the novel that I'm lagging behind in). Right now, I'm in the middle of reading War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Science fiction isn't my cup of tea, but this is a relatively shorter read so I don't mind it much. I'm also reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins because I've had the trilogy for forever and never had the need to read it before. If you look on the right of this blog (while on the desktop version), you'll the more titles of books that I'm reading, and those swap out quite often as I either decide to stop reading it for whatever reason or finish a book.

What else am I doing?
In regards to the job situation, not much has changed. Applications get sent, interviews get done (I know there's a better way to say this but I'm a little lazy at the moment), and the replies back are a "no." More often than not, it's just radio silence. I do still remain hopeful, though if I'm unable to find a job in 2018, I think I might go to a temp agency come January. The reason why I haven't been updating this blog in a while is a combination between job searching, novel-planning, holiday project stuff, and online community administration stuff. And, of course, writing.

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