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The Summer Writer's Club Progress Report
Brandi Larsen
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:42 AM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


635 words. Feeling good today.

I've left the entire neighborhood outside my hero's house. Discovered one of my heroine's neighbors is a cop who wears his badge clipped onto his pajamas. Fun times.

Ben Nemec
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:40 AM
Joined: 1/21/2013
Posts: 47


Life happened last night and I only got a couple hundred words in, but I did figure out how to do an important scene at the end of the book that I had been a little worried about.

Alexandra Hartley
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:33 PM
Joined: 4/30/2013
Posts: 12


Today, I managed to clock in about 637 words in total. Woot! So far, since I started I have 3, 617 words in total! 
Robert Hobson
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:46 PM
Joined: 5/16/2013
Posts: 16


Just finished 1,486 words and closed chapter 18. I am up to  311 double spaced, Courier New, 12pt font pages and 72, 225 words. Wow, I feel and overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I was stuck and chapter 16 before I joined this effort, thanks for the help.
JenniferMickow
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:27 PM
Joined: 5/18/2013
Posts: 2


608 today, which is a little less than I've been averaging. I wasn't sure I'd get to it at all because I had a to-do list a mile long, but it kept me from procrastinating.
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:54 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


I  only managed 210 yesterday, but I made up for it today with 502, which was nice. It's amazing how many words you can get when you give the pet a ridiculous name.
RJBlain
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:37 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Day 1: 583
Day 2: 11,301
Day 3: 3,428

Today, I'm already over 700 words, and have no idea when I'll stop writing tonight. :3
Allison Sobczak
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:48 PM
Joined: 5/21/2013
Posts: 12


393 words today. Had to push myself, but I did get out one sentence that I really liked. I wanted to try and write a short, flash fiction piece for my collection since I've never really written that before, and with today's words I think I have that? Still not sure if I should keep it as is or if it needs to be expanded.

Neelie Finn
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:59 AM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


Wrote, but under 500. Will make up for it tomorrow. My goal is to write at least 500/day.

Atthys Gage
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 1:39 AM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


508 (I think).  Interesting day. Still feels pretty good.

But I gotta say, Rebecca, you're busting the curve for all of us sluggards.


Brandi Larsen
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 8:16 AM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


983 this morning. All characterization. I realized that I needed to start organizing what readers know and what I know about each character and the setting. It might mean that I'm going slower because I didn't write any words in the book, but I think I did some important groundwork. It's my intention to update my characterization doc on a weekly basis.

It's funny, though, after all of this character work I want to write more. Perhaps there will be another check-in today.

Wanted to say how impressed I am with everyone's progress. This group is really inspiring.


Chris L Terry
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 8:48 AM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 7


485 today, fictionalizing a personal story I wrote a couple years ago, using it as a pivotal scene in my book.
NoellePierce
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:09 AM
Joined: 3/14/2011
Posts: 227


762 of a blog post yesterday, so I'm counting it.
Alexandra Hartley
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:01 PM
Joined: 4/30/2013
Posts: 12


Knocked out 712 words today. The progression of my chapter is looking up after breaking through a brief dam between transitioning a scene (which is always difficult for me), but I think it proved to be worthwhile in the end.  
Robert Hobson
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:44 PM
Joined: 5/16/2013
Posts: 16


601 words on chapter 19. Looking forward to Bar-B-Q and power watching TV this weekend. Everybody be safe and have a great weekend.
RJBlain
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 6:07 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 224


Atthys,

Heheheh, I try! Better yet, a notable chunk of those words are being done with an old-fashioned pen and paper combo. :3

I will not go quietly into the night!

I'm kinda hoping someone will see my progress and decide I need knocked down a peg or three and come after me for all they have. :3
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 7:45 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


got 327 words today. Chasing RJ's lead ever so slightly.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 8:13 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


It's going to take me a month to write 11,000 words.  And by then, you will have written how much? 

No, I won't compete.  You young folks can slug it out.  I'll just keep inching my way along.  Fact is, I'm enjoying writing more than I have for quite some time, so I'm not going to question or change.   Rebecca, you have my blessings.  Go with Ganesh and all the other deities of scribbling.  
LilySea
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 8:13 PM
Joined: 5/12/2011
Posts: 241


ACK! Missed two days in a row due to traveling and house buying/mortgage applying throwing me off my routine.

But I've got 821 so far today, so that's pretty close to making up one of those days. Or I could say my goal was 250 for three days and then I beat it.
Heh. Yeah, that's my story.


Atthys Gage
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 9:59 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Lily.  I remember the last time I had to apply for a mortgage.  I was in shock for days.  I'm surprised you can write at all.  
Atthys Gage
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:13 AM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


I had a grand day.  1069 words.  
Alexandria Brim
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:49 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Day 4: 262 words written
Day 5: 356 words written

I'm just chugging along here!
Neelie Finn
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:25 AM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


wrote about 250 today

Sam Weller
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 9:28 AM
Joined: 5/13/2013
Posts: 8


250 words with morning coffee. Writing a spooky short story. Trying to use the inspiration of  mournful bluegrass music to explore grief and ghosts. Posted the first few words in the excerpt discussion.

Now off to make breakfast for the kids. Hope to write more this afternoon!

Happy Writing, everyone!!!

Aimee
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:57 PM
Joined: 5/13/2013
Posts: 3


I think I wrote 400 or so today. It's possible I've figured out to get the kid to sleep for a few hours at a time--turn everything off!

I'll post my first graf on the other thread. It's about abuse and revenge and Tae Kwon Do.


Neelie Finn
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 6:31 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


Total word count since Monday=3166 so that's an average of 527/day-so my goal of 500/day has been met.

Timothy Maguire
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 9:32 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Today's output: 768 words. Enough to cover the next two days (where I might not have the chance to get any work done).
Alexandra Hartley
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 9:48 PM
Joined: 4/30/2013
Posts: 12


My goal was 800 words. I ended up knocking out 935! Woot! I'm so glad. 4,383 words since I started  
Atthys Gage
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 10:27 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


857.  Some of which, I know, will be whittled from the next draft, but that is a tale for another day.  Good week so far.  If I hit 700 tomorrow that'll be a 5000 word week.

Good work everybody. 
NoellePierce
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 11:27 PM
Joined: 3/14/2011
Posts: 227


804 today, mostly rambling. 
Brandi Larsen
Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 11:59 PM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


544 tonight with two minutes to go...

LilySea
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:04 AM
Joined: 5/12/2011
Posts: 241


659 and Sister Cecilia has succumbed to consumption. Alas.

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 1:11 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Day 6: 204 words
Ben Nemec
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:27 AM
Joined: 1/21/2013
Posts: 47


Technically it's after midnight here, but I'm counting all of my words anyway.

1500 words the past four days, which puts me right at 50000 total.  By NaNo standards I have a novel now.


Brandi Larsen
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:11 AM
Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 229


1,096 this morning before anyone else woke up. I just finished chapter two!


LilySea
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 2:50 PM
Joined: 5/12/2011
Posts: 241


521 and the first draft of this (6K-word) short story complete!

Alexandra Hartley
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 3:32 PM
Joined: 4/30/2013
Posts: 12


964 words this afternoon! I was planning around 700, but I got carried away with the scene, and finished my chapter. Before I knew it, I was 964 words in! So far, I have 5, 347 words since I started. That's pretty amazing.  
Neelie Finn
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 5:14 PM
Joined: 5/20/2013
Posts: 78


500-done for the day, unless I have time to write later.

Timothy Maguire
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 8:54 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


546 for today. Mostly covering for tomorrow, when I will be writing 0.
Allison Sobczak
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:19 PM
Joined: 5/21/2013
Posts: 12


I fell a bit behind. Missed Friday, and only wrote 144 words yesterday. I got back on track with the 290 I wrote today, although I'm not really sure where I'm going with it. I'm hoping to figure that out tomorrow and after.

Alexandria Brim
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:30 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


A bit better than Saturday, but I still fell behind.

Day 7: 229 words

Total words for Week 1: 1886.

Not bad.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 1:30 AM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


513.   

That makes 4820 for the week.  

May I say:  Whoot!
Kelly Weaver
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 7:35 AM
Joined: 9/9/2011
Posts: 3


Drat! I wish I wasn't so busy and knew about this sooner. I would have joined you! 
LilySea
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 10:23 AM
Joined: 5/12/2011
Posts: 241


It's not too late, just pick up in the middle and get to work, Kelly!

Steve Yudewitz
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:49 PM
Joined: 4/28/2011
Posts: 24


Hi,
Catching up on the posts. Great job getting thoughts to paper, everyone.
Here's where I stand since starting on May 22. My goal is 250 words a day.


5/22 279


5/23 435


5/24 283


5/25 302


5/26 313




Tori Schindler
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 1:45 PM
Joined: 3/12/2011
Posts: 41


My goal is 500 words/day and I did 1497 yesterday. I started late and I need to get in NaNo-mode and see where I need to be. I'm a little word-count OCD so I can do this. Heading off to a family thing with hubby's sisters. They drive me up the wall so I'm going to plead migraine, hide in a corner, make a spreadsheet, and get my Summer Writer's club act together. I wonder if I'm ahead or behind. 
Alantis
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 2:47 PM
Joined: 5/27/2013
Posts: 108


Well being new to the group and definetly late to the party, I have to ask, does the count work? If I tried to count 500 words I would go crazy trying to get them all. I do admire all of you for having the will to power through.

The tale I am destined to tell, or die trying, has been years in the making. Many of them not in writing but pretending to think. More often than not, I will completely toss a chapter, or 3, and start again. I have about 8-9 solid chapters that need a small tweak and a great editor. ( I have the editor, but as she is friends of the family, I am terrified of the criticism) So I reread, and out the chapter goes.

 I am willing to join, but have to wonder something....do I get a shock collar so I can be kept on task? Or honestly, does just checking in help all of you?

If nothing else, I am sure that I may find a writer or 2 that I can admire and be envious of. Feel free to give me a solid boot to the.... to keep me involved. The biggest problem I face is the story flowing faster than my 2 fingers can type. Then I get lost and all things go to the dogs and I can only regret.

And for the record, do these words count, or the extensive bio I wrote? cuz that should at least catch me up?

Atthys Gage
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 4:08 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Alantis.  Speaking personally, I find the count helps.  It's a goal, plain an simple – a reason to try, and a reason to keep trying a little longer if you're not quite there.  It may be a mind game, but so what if it works?   And don't even think about editing and revision.  Butt in the chair.  Words on the page.  You can't decide if it's good until you do that much.

Best of luck.  It's only been a week, but I feel better about what I'm writing than I have in many months.   
Alexandra Hartley
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 4:24 PM
Joined: 4/30/2013
Posts: 12


I was planning on getting 1,000 words out. I didn't think I could do it, but I set my mind to it and I ended up writing, 1,111 words! I'm proud of myself. Haha
Alantis
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 5:35 PM
Joined: 5/27/2013
Posts: 108


Atthys - Thanks, I will take that and see what comes. I can drop a few thousand words a day, but then I get stuck trying to reread to make sure the story is going the way I want.....and then the problems start. But if I don't edit, then someone else will, and while like on a site like this, I may never meet those that read my work, the person who is willing to edit is not just a friend, she is a teacher of lit and english, so what she says keeps me second guessing myself...without her reading a word. I try not to do it......it happens, again and again. Hopefully this challenge will help.
Thanks for the advice


 

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