Chronicling The Craft: 20,000 Words

Textbooks + Statistics = Back To School?

Chapters In Progress: 5

Chapters Completed: 4

The writing vacation was a huge success! Instead of taking almost 2 months to reach the next milestone (as it did last time), it took less than one week to go from 15,000 words to 20,000 (or 21,000+, to be accurate). Honestly, it felt more like shooting from one benchmark to the next, because of the shorter span of time. I guess that’s what happens when you a) plan to spend a large amount of time concentrating on your work-in-progress, and b) are “in the flow” during each sit-down. And even though I purposely set no concrete goals for this week, I can’t explain how proud and excited I am with what I accomplished in a few days.  Continue reading

Chronicling The Craft: 15,000 Words

Getting The First Chapter Right(ish) The Second Time Around

Chapters In Progress: 5

Chapters Completed: 2

Wow. It’s been over 2 months since the previous Chronicle. And yes, it’s a sign that progress on the novel has been slow, but not because I’ve been struggling with the writing. The words seem to flow right through me during each sit-down, which is wonderful. Rather, this summer has just been very busy. I had made plans for social gatherings and day-trips on several weekends, and really enjoyed it all. However, because I have a full-time job and other responsibilities and commitments, I only have time to write at night and on the weekends. And with most of the summer activities planned for weekends, it has cut down on my creative time even more. Continue reading

Chronicling The Craft: 10,000 Words

Beginnings, Completions, and “Splitting” Headaches

Chapters Completed: 1

Chapters In Progress: 5

Things have been busy since the last Chronicle in April, both for creative (open mic nights, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and juggling all of my projects) and personal reasons. This translated to less time than expected for novel-writing. But that’s OK. A packed schedule will happen once in a while. What matters is that I squeezed in time when I could and moved along with the novel regardless. Continue reading