writer link – the writer’s database

So, I’m back to (slowly) working on The Artificer’s Angels again (huzzah!).

And I thought to myself tonight, “You know what I really need while I’m avoiding this paragraph? A nifty online word-per-day word count tool that’s available online. But not a word count widget. More of a graph-thing… that remembers your project…”

So I waste yet more time searching the internet for a writer-toy. Yes, I’m a very focused person. But I did find a small website dedicated to managing your projects’ word count, the markets you write to, and where you’ve submitted your work.

Alright, sure, you could use Excel, too, but I thought this was highly nifty.

http://www.writersdb.com/

welcome to 2009!

It’s a brand new day, and the sun is high,
All the angels sing, ’cause you’re gonna die…

Wait. Wrong song.

I promised to show my progress for the novel today. Unfortunately, I didn’t get as far as I’d hoped.

bluecrystalgraph

See where the graph leveled out? That, my friends, is a combination of burn-out, Christmas, and the low-level-yet-miserable-cold-from-hell. Instead of sitting on a finished novel, my hoped-for 50,000 December word count stands at a measly 31k.

I’m trying to feel bad about this. It’s not coming. Ah well. Back to the last 19k words, and I’m back to blogging regularly. Happy new year everyone! And expect posts on editing from me in the near future. That’ll be my focus for the next few months.

Cheers, and happy writing!

Eliza Wyatt

end of november

… And the beginning of December.

NaNoWriMo. It actually seemed to get easier, since last year. Not working full-time probably had something to do with that. I laughed, I cried, I killed off large portions of my cast. At one point I realized that I’d started a chapter wrong, and instead of erasing, put in a page break, wrote ‘chapter six’ over again (still haven’t titled that one) and started it again.

It seemed to have turned out alright, though.

All that work, paid off in the end.

Fifty thousand words. That’s half the size of your typical fantasy novel. And it’s half of mine; I need to finish.

Instead of officially joining NaNoFiMo (National Novel Finishing Month), I’ll be holding the same pace through December. Since I’ve figured out that it’s the personal graph that keeps me going, I’ve recreated the NaNo graphic in Photoshop to reflect December as well. My absent status in the blogging world will continue… but I’ll be back for the new year.

NaNoFiMo Count

How’d the rest of you do?

weekly goal (back to earth)

Last week’s goal: 52,000
Last week’s wordcount: 52,167
This week’s goal: 56,000

Last week’s goal: To spend the week examining Kione Remerdii for villain month. (Done!)
This week’s goal: The most difficult villain. King Tarren II Kanichende, the uncle of my protagonist.

… After doing some further research on the writer’s conference in Seattle, I’ve decided that it’s just too expensive. Never mind the drive there and back, room and food– I don’t think I can spend the five-hundred-dollar entry free. I mean, I’d rather fly across the country and visit a friend of mine who lives in Indiana, to be honest. So… not yet. I’ll keep it in mind for when I’ve got my book written and polished.

I have, however, gotten what I think is the best CD I’ve ever heard (The Silent Force, by Within Temptation), wherein all of the CD tracks remind me of my book. I’ve yet to discover if this is a help or hindrance, but either way it’s made me very happy. Cheers!

weekly goal and a note

Current Wordcount: 47,669 words
Last Week’s Goal: 45,000 words
Next Week’s Goal: 52,000 words

If I can write an average of 750 words a day, according to my handy little desktop calculator, I should finish this book by the end of July. Next week’s goal puts me at a bit over six hundred words a day. But last week I overshot myself by almost three thousand words. Yeah!

*pauses to dance a happy dance*

This is the last day before Villain Month starts. It’s also two days before my twenty-fourth birthday (June 2nd, for the curious). I’m happy to add people who want to join in partway through the month– just leave a comment. Later tonight I’ll add an announcement post with a list and links of everyone participating.

weekly goal

Current Wordcount: 41,048 words
Last Week’s Goal: 41,000 words
Next Week’s Goal: 45,000 words

I made my word count! Even if I had to stay up till midnight last night to do it. Since my writing buddy is going to be gone, I increased my target goal slightly, and I should be able to beat it.

Villain Week begins the Sunday after tomorrow.

weekly goal, and a short hiatus

I both did and did not make my word count goal last week. I wrote enough to satisfy the 3,000 words. I also had to erase most of them. So my word count didn’t change much by last Friday.

I’m going to call it good and keep my word-count goal the same. 41k, by this Friday. It’s not as far as I thought I’d be at, but since my role-play internet-writing friend is going to be gone for two weeks after this week I expect I’ll be getting a lot more done. (Incidentally, I’ve also planted lots of strawberries and am studying Spanish every day again. I lose one distraction, I gain five more. Alas…)

I’m also going to be busy with my real-life job all week; a bunch of project-stuff all came up at once. I’ll still be able to respond to comments, email, but I’m not going to be posting much or browsing the sites on my blog list so faithfully.

Cheers, and see you guys next week!

writing goal update

I promised a word count update on Friday. I’m a day late, but the numbers remain:

Goal: 36,000 words
Reached: 37,778 words

Not too shabby. The two-thousand I wrote last Saturday didn’t hurt either, though I found I had to take about five hundred of those out because I didn’t write the end of the chapter. I think my characters should be forced, not escorted, to the mercenaries’ lair. It fits so much better.

Next Friday: 41,000 words. It’s just a bit higher than last week’s goal. Wish me luck!

may writing goals (and april followup)

To meet my writing goal for April I needed to get my story up to 40,000 words. Instead it’s now just over 33,000. Even including the rewrite of the first chapter (7,500 words) I’m not particularly happy with this. I’ve been trying to write 500 words every day (on this project– I have no trouble pounding out two thousand a night on my text-rpg), but I haven’t been consistent about it.

Let’s try something else, then. 3,000 words every week for May. That should make a monthly goal of about 12,000, and put me up to 45,000 by June, which is just under my half-way point.

I’ll start checking in every Fridays, starting next week.