It’s the end of the month. My read-through is complete, my spreadsheet has been filled out and I am ready to embark on draft 2.
Here are some stats on my progress so far.
Total scenes in first draft: 69
Total wordcount in first draft: 83,000
Number of scenes that made it to draft 2: 31
Points of view dropped: 1
Subplots discarded: 2
Characters expunged: 11 (!!)
Characters merged: 2
Cliches obliterated: 3
Times I loved the story: very few
Times I bemoaned my decision to be a writer: lots
Times I required alcohol: most of them
Bright moments of hope for my career: one and a half
Cups of coffee consumed: 4 hot, 1 cold
Plotting for my new story is on track, but I think it will be a while before I start writing as I have a lot of new writing to do on the revision piece. But that’s okay. I have all year.
How about you? How did you do? How are you feeling? Are you even still here? Post about your progress below, or link to a blog post of your own.
I missed the end of 100 x 100. Hell, I missed the last half thanks to my family’s and my own health issues.
But it was a glorious ride. I wrote a phenomenal amount in the first half, 45,000 words in 50 days. If I’d managed to finish, I would have been close to 100,000 words. That, my friends, is an entire novel.
Kerryn and Matt both wrote summaries of their experiences, which I think you will find interesting.
Distractions are my writing kryptonite. Whenever I tried to write, even with a timer, surrounded by other people or the TV I couldn’t sink into the story and the words would be stilted and slow. I tried blocking the distractions out with music and sitting with my back to the TV but still my super-human hearing caught onto the other storyline. I have to physically remove myself from distractions so it’s just me, my story and my timer.
Kerryn Angel – 100 x 100 – Thank you
Before I did this challenge, I was aiming to write every day, but I just couldn’t manage it. This challenge really made me accountable, and I quickly got into the habit of writing every day without fail. If you have trouble writing daily, get a friend to keep you accountable. I found that it only took me a couple of weeks to get into the right habit.
Matthew Dodwell – 100 x 100: Lessons Learnt
Drop in and see what other lessons they have to share.
So, will I run 100 x 100 again? I’m not sure. If there’s interest out there I might. Otherwise I will add it to the list of tools-that-have-helped-me-write, which also includes the Novel Push Initiative (NPI) and 750 Words.