Progress Report

These Thursday posts will be much more meaningful in November.  But I do have a bit to report on, so I’ll use today to do it.

I’ve added this year’s novel to my NaNoWriMo page; click here to see it and read the synopsis.  Also, if you are participating in NaNo, please add me as a writing buddy!

I’ve completed the one-page summary of my novel that is my version of an outline.  I’ve never been big on actual outlines.

I’m working on the character sketch for my protagonist, and still need to put together her playlist.

I’ve done a ton of research and started a list of other research I need to do.  This novel, along with another that I am starting on, will require the largest amount of research I have needed thus far in my writing.

Finally, I’ve found my “muse” for my protagonist :-).

I did a little bit of organizing in my office loft, which is one of my multiple writing places around the house.  It’s nice to have when I need a change of scenery.

I have a lot to do still, and it probably won’t all get done by November 1st (I speak from experience).  But it will be enough to get me plowing on the MS and make it easier to get to my 50,000 words.

Some other things I need to do before the end of the month are completely unrelated to the novel, like getting some organizing done and doing some baking.  The hardest part about November being Novel Writing Month is the holidays, and the more I can have done around here before then, the easier it will be to get through the holidays without taking too much time away from writing.

Which makes me wonder: how do you balance your writing around the holidays?

6 comments for “Progress Report

  1. October 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    My life is one big interruption. I’ve gotten so used to writing under these circumstances that I am very lucky to be well adjusted to it. I write in spurts these days though and it’s causing me to not be as productive as I have been in the past. I need to pull it together and get back on track. So, with that being said…

    You’ve inspired me to do NanoWrimo so you know I will be adding you as a buddy. 🙂

    • October 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Sounds like my life! I write when I can, and it tends to be in spurts just because that’s how it happens.

      YAY!!! I’m super excited! You will enjoy it!! 🙂

  2. October 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Very cool that your character has a playlist. I’ve never been able to figure that out for mine. As for the holidays, I work at night and try to get extra time whenever I can. If the holiday means school is out then I’m home with the son all day. In fact, I’m already seeing that I probably won’t get around to writing the first draft of my next book until 2015 thanks to Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks off.

    • October 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      All of my main characters have had playlists for the last five years! It really helps me get to know them, which of course really helps me to write their stories through their own individual voices.

      Does your wife not take any time off during the holidays? Being home with my kids all the time, I’ve obviously had to figure out how to make that work with my writing; so sometimes having my husband home during the holidays makes it harder, because it disrupts my routine! Then of course there are the family obligations, etc.

      • October 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm

        It’s a new job, so she doesn’t take much time off. Though she tends to be as much trouble as the kid due to her ADD. So holidays actually bring in more trouble than non-holidays for me.

        • October 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

          That’s understandable. I kind of know the feeling.

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