August 31, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
*Takes a deep breath in* *and out*
Trying not to feel bad as I write this post. I mean, how can August be over already?
Wasn’t it only the other day that our writing marathon kicked off and August seemed to be one long month ahead?
Our writing marathon with the best marathoners in the world. Marathoners who sprinted with me, marathoners whose daily reports inspired me to work harder, and whose general support and kind words made me sit down and write on the days I didn’t feel like it.
So THANK YOU SO MUCH everyone for making this best month of my writing life so far. I hope it was the same for you. Please say yes! 😉
It was so energizing seeing writers who were pushing themselves in the same way I was, struggling with their manuscripts the same way I was, setting daily goals and sometimes failing to reach it the same way I failed sometimes, and it was even more fun when we had to work on our projects together (yayy for sprints! :D)
So sending hugs to all WIPMarathoners for being such a supportive group of writers. Ours is the best Twitter group EVER.
So… *exhales again*…here’s how my last WIPMarathon week went.
One more thing: We can do a December writing marathon if there are enough takers. I’ll send out word about it toward the end of November.
Okay, here we go.
Last Word Count + Chapter Count: 53 802 words and 16 and half chapters completed.
Current Word Count + Chapter Count: 72 274 words and on my 22nd chapter.
Also this happened:
You might not get this but I’ve seen it go from red to amber…and it did stay for weeks on amber… and now, I’m in the green light area. Woo hoo!
WIP Issues This Week:
I worried about sentence structure a lot. You know the kind of sentences that go like this-
“Give me the phone,” he said.
“Why not try and get it, you bastard.” She hurled the device against the wall.
He held out his hand. “Give me that phone, Lisa.”
“Why not try and get it, you bastard.” She flashed him an evil grin and hurled the device against the wall.
Might not make sense but I kept re-arranging my sentences and tags to make sure they weren’t coming along in a monotonous order, or sounding flat. And it slowed me down a lot.
*sigh* still on it. My sentences are yet to be perfect.
What I Learnt This Week In Writing:
That I can write almost 7k in one day. Haha. I just did this today before writing this check-in post. I’m not sure I’ve ever written this much in a day before.
What distracted me this week while writing:
My inner editor, and I went house-hunting for a bit. Tried to find a house near my school for easy commute next semester, but didn’t find any I liked more than my current house. Anyway, it’s only one semester left to attend classes on this very campus, so guess I’d be fine with commuting!
Plan After The Writing Marathon:
My novel is 90K which means I am still 18K behind! And school starts on the 10th of September . So if I’m lucky to write 3k every day, I can finish this first draft next week. Then I’ll put it away and give my brain some rest before I come back to revise it. I’ll also send it to my CPs and betas during that brain-resting period, I guess.
Last 200 words:
I’ve crossed the saggy middle and gotten to the spoilery, spoilery part of my book. So writing my last 200 couldn’t happen this week. But I cut it down to the last 51 words I wrote. Because those seem safe enough 😉
The words are unedited, and the final version might not bear any semblance to this. The word in asterisk is also liable to change. But here goes!
And the clouds split to reveal a city with lights that bounced upward to touch the sky.
Their Vertrix* plummeted to the ground, which seemed to be vibrating to the music of the city.
They were here.
The city where pleasures ran from dusk to dawn, and even the sands danced.
So what are your own plans after our writing marathon?
And how did your last week of our first August writing marathon go?
Do let us know and don’t forget to add your blog link to the linky below!
Thanks everyone again for making this marathon the BEST EVER. Much love and lots of chocolate. ❤