Writing Quote

"Don't write merely to be understood.
Write so that you can't possibly be misunderstood."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

If January was any indication...

...I am so going to OWN 2012! January was a great month for me in every way. As far as my writing goes, I could not have been more pleased. It turned out that my goals for the January writing challenge were a bit lofty. Even my revised goals ended up being bigger than I thought they were. So I didn't quite meet all of them.

BUT the amount of work I did get done was pretty substantial, so I call it a win.
I spent part of every single day in Armathad, which I've never done for an entire month before.
I did a detailed plot outline of 19 chapters- somewhere between 30-35 thousand words.
I transcribed 15 thousand words which I had hand written a while back. I still have several thousand more words to transcribe before I'm done with that.
And all the while, i was able to see, with a clarity I've never had before, what is working and what needs to be changed.

I did have one little snag, though. Our home server crashed earlier in the month. My files were completely unavailable. Both hard drives were on their last legs (our backup drive went out at the same time as our main drive- worst nightmare, realized!) and we didn't know if we'd be able to retrieve all our data before they died completely. Fortunately, my resident nerd got us a new sever and worked tirelessly to retieve all our data. It took DAYS for everything to transfer safely, but as of last night, all our stuff is safe and the tension in my chest has finally been released. My digital manuscript is open. Making a copy of all my writing to my desktop now... and I can breathe properly for the first time in three weeks.

My husband is a lifesaver. *Ahem* but I never doubted him for a second. All along, I've have nothing but the firmest confidence in his super-human computer skills.

Moving on-
I don't have an official challenge to join for February, but I'm so on top of things, I don't need one. Er... something like that.

In February, I am going to:
1. Write every single day.
2. Reconcile the differences in my digital manuscript with the ones in my hard copy.
3. Finish outlining the 10 chapters in my digital manuscript that aren't in my hard copy.
4. Begin plotting the rest of the novel/series

Okay... GO!