18th-26th August

18th August murder mystery stolen identity trwasure hunt

On the 18th, yesterday, I went to Newcastle especially to write. I figured it would be a good idea to go and have a proper writing session at the library there, and pick up some of the Green Thunder cheese I’d been craving (had it once from a Christmas market in Edinburgh and loved it then – not so much this time).
Word count: 3000 words+

Yay! I haven’t had a day like that in over a month, when I was writing the ending of the first draft of Robot Dreams. This time around, I was rewriting one of my favourite scenes and worrying about the fact the novel seems to be getting shorter in the retelling, there’s been a lot to cut out. Luckily, I’ve found a way to add a new mini-storyline to this part which also ups the stakes quite significantly. That’s what I hope to start writing today (19th).

19th August
Not really a writing day, just going to do a few words to keep going. Lazy day. Read SJ Watson’s new book from cover to cover, woke up at eleven, that kind of thing. Had a laugh with Mum, spent some time sitting with her in the evening with my cat vying for everyone’s attention.

20th August

Think I might try out the word crawl training camp sprints. This sprint is archived over at WikiWrimo.

Check-in: Well, the thread isn’t there so I can’t see how many comments there are. I’ll just do a one song burst instead. I’ve selected a Youtuber’s cover of a song from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I did a bit of rewriting of the few sentences I scribbled down, sans punctuation, yesterday evening and then carried it forward.
Word count: 165 words

Five minute dash: This one is exactly what it says on the tin. But because it’s quite hard in the flow of writing to just determine what a five minute span of time is, I’m going with this as being the length of two songs instead – so just over six minutes.
Word count: 367 words

Relay race: Well, there isn’t a three digit number pre-selected and I prefer time challenges so I’ll random a number between 1-20. I got eleven!  So I’ll listen to a song and find two shorter songs to make it up to eleven minutes.
Word count: 352 words

That song comin’ through your headphones: I’ve chosen a Postmodern Jukebox cover for this. It was one I hadn’t heard before and it wasn’t exactly my favourite thing I’ve ever heard.
Word count: 152 words 

Then I went out to a live historical show, which was very fun if not a bit historically inaccurate, and then it was after midnight and I slept…

21st August

I’ll be continuing with the rest of that writing crawl today as it was a really enjoyable one to write along to.

Two laps: This one calls for a ten minute word war, so that’s what I shall do.
Word count: 550 words
I didn’t really follow it as a ten minute one but as a much slower meander through the writing journey, as I was probably a bit tired or slower on my creative feet as it were. Words have been written though and as its again midnight I’ll be off. Hoping to tomorrow make it out to the library again as that was a great way to get some words written.

22nd August

Well, yesterday wasn’t a very productive day but I’m back in the library, it’s just before 1pm and I’m ready to write. There’s a section I’d really love to get completed today, so let’s aim for that! I’ll start off with the word crawl to get myself started.

Where’s the finish line? This part of the word crawl asks for you to sprint to the next 1000 words on your document. I’m not working on the main novel document however, as that’s on Scrivener on the PC at home, so I’ll just take that as being the equivalent from my other document… around 750 words 🙂

Word count: ~900 words

Camp laundromat: This one calls for a twenty five minute sprint, so I guess that’s what I’ll be going for. It’s around twenty past 2pm now, so that will take me until quarter to three.
Word count: 587 words

Three laps: This one is a fifteen minute sprint so I’ll get started with that one after a very quick break. Time for the fifteen minute sprint, me thinks! 15.22
Word count: 398 words

A flash of red light flew through the air

May the words be forever in your favour: The next step on this writing crawl, which seems obscenely long now that I can see I am still nowhere near its end, is to write a random number of words between 300 and 800 — as selected by a randometer. Instead, I’ll set a time goal as that is much easier to orchestrate. Let’s go for ten minutes, that’s a nice round number. So that means I’ll be stopping at quarter to four to see how much further I’d like to go this writing session, or if I’d like to continue on from home.

Well, I didn’t stop at quarter to four. Somehow I thought the finishing time was five to four and have ended up trailing off just before four p.m. Wow, that was an intense final writing session for my time at the library. I’ve just reached a pivotal scene in this part of the novel, which I only decided to add after my younger sister reminded me that there needs to be an EXTERNAL conflict relating to the main character’s humanity or lack of it. So that’s what this scene will really represent. I’m quite excited to finish this one so will hopefully continue to advance with it once I’m home for the evening.
Word count: 470 words

Final word count for Newcastle Library writing session: ~2348 words (with a scene started that I’ve plotted a little out for before I leave – yay.)

I think I’m going to get a grilled cheese sandwich from Five Guys as a sort of ‘reward’, I’m not really in any rush back!

Well, I didn’t end up with that sandwich. When I’d arrived at the library it was a bit of a miserable day but by the time I left and stepped outside, freed from the A/C in the library, it was really warm. Too warm for a toastie to be a really exciting proposition. So instead I just headed home.

It’s 10pm so there isn’t really time to do another level to the writing crawl, but I will do a little bit more writing seeing as I’m at a good part in the story!
Which meant

23rd – Writing free day

24th August – Minimal writing day

25th August – ~600 words

Megan’s GCSE results today (did well: yay!), doing the traumatic flea treatment on kitties (although my favourite one rewarded me later by being as affectionate as any dog) and watching Coach Trip.

26th August – ~350 words [and a pre-written blog post]

Today I took my kitties to the cattery, did some organising, wrote blog posts and woke up so late it’s a wonder I did anything productive today!



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