Day 1: Camp Nanowrimo 2015

I am utilizing Camp Nanowrimo2015 to edit my WIP Novel, Future Grim: Origins.

My goal is 70k words and currently I’ve got 58,000. It means I need to write 400 a day in April to hit the mark. The first problem I’ve stumbled at is that editing severely reduces word count. I’m currently down 100 words already and I’ve only been working for a couple of hours.

Though a deadline has definitely helped as it has given me a goal. This is the most dedicated I’ve been in weeks.

On the art side, I created a few character icons and collected them into a tasty poster thing. The Kennerman and Volan cast are present. They are created by digitally altering photographs in photoshop. I can’t draw this good yet.

 

 

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My mate is also attempting to write in April and we’ve created a Camp cabin. It appears it is mostly filled with ertoic fiction writers. Not what I was expecting but I’m sure it will be a laugh.

Laters,

Kyle.

 

Long time, no post – pt.2

Progress! Sort of.

I’m back to 57,000 words on Future Grim: Origins. The blame is placed on the skinny shoulders of a boring character. I had to fire (delete) him and he stole three chapters when he left the building — the bastard!

Nanowrimo-2014 was a moderate failure (also known as a slim success). I wrote 22k words, most of them in the finished draft of one short story and some in the beginnings of a second. If I try next November I’ll definitely plan out my story a bit more before charging in with my biro bayonet.

I’m taking part in Camp Nanowrimo to hopefully get my editing into a steady pace. I’ll update my blog to chart my progress.

Yeah!

Kyle

Long time, no post

I have written my first book and am in the editing stage. 60,000 words need to be trimmed down (and in some cases additional words added) so I can get my manuscript ready to either send out to publishers or whack it up on Amazon myself.

This month I am taking a break to write a series of novellas that are a prequel to my main book. I think I will either release all of them for free, or just the first one. Hopefully this will give a chance for everyone to read my work to see if you enjoy it. Maybe I will make some fans that go onto buying my main book. Which would be excellent.

I’m using NaNoWriMo2014 to power through my trio of novellas, which is a daunting experience. I have never written so much in such a short space of time. I am at 10,006 (which is hitting the correct target for yesterday) and finding it difficult to write without the usual amount of planning I go through.

Here is the synopsis for the three novellas:

Synopsis

The numbers are in the blood. Future Grim is humanity one thousand years on where corporations control every aspect of life. Combat by sword is a daily occurrence, but war doesn’t exist, it’s simply business.

The Casefiles are three tales of corporations, bloodied fists and a grim future.

Independent:

Joseph Lyier, an honest con man tracked by a corporate power. He did not even ask for the cargo, it landed on him and stared at him patiently. Planet to planet drop should be easy. He hoped the Franklin Investigators were still stupid as ever and he hoped they had not sent the Bean.

Heritage:

Jyan was a Volan. His mother laid on her deathbed and informed him that he would not have control of his entitled corporation. He believed such a fate would justify his misdeeds. The documents he forged, his brother’s bloody broken face and his plot to extinguish every Volan in the void.

Solider:

Martin was transferred to a ship on the edge. The crew was silent and the atmosphere was staler than the food he was supposed to serve. He had heard tales of the Ratter elite, the men and women who kept their faces covered and their blades sickly sharp. All he had to do was survive a month, but he had his doubts.

Hopefully it will be finished by the end of the month!

Have a good one,
Kyle

Break your ‘Writers Dam’

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I’m very much in the mindset of ‘if you can control your negative thoughts then you can control your actions’.

A great example of this is previously I always struggled with writing in afternoons. I’d tell myself that I could only write in the morning or evenings; the afternoon was a strange time usually filled with game of thrones or chores (the former is more prevalent).

Then I looked at how I worked in a different mindset. That everything I did was self created. I wasn’t coming up against a writer’s block, but a writer’s dam. A self created construct that I can destroy whenever I feel like it.

This has empowered me to the point that I can write in a spare half an hour or even the afternoon. What was once a flaw became something I could defeat, and it made me excited to write.

I suggest next time you are faced with writer’s block is to understand that it is only a mental construct. You have the power to knock down the dam at any time if you bring enough imaginary gunpowder! (or, for the more peaceful folks, maybe have a protest to get the dam closed down? I’m sure someone could come up with a creative way to render a dam unusable).

On the topic of my book, I hit 50,000 words today! Chapter 11 is coming along nicely and I’m deciding how many more I’m looking to write.

Till next time,

Kyle