IWSG Post #07


March IWSG Day Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Recently, actually. It didn’t work out, but I did end up rereading some short pieces I wrote in 2010 and probably haven’t revisited since. It’s fascinating to read stuff you no longer have any idea where you were going with.

The reason it didn’t work out is because the new idea that had inspired me to look through my old writing didn’t quite fit with the characters I’d been thinking of. Which is kind of irritating, because I miss them and had gotten all excited over the idea that I might be able to get down a new piece of their story… but when I read back over what I had so far, I realized it wasn’t something that would happen to them.

But that’s okay, because I still wrote the new idea. Part one, anyway. The rest is still in progress and was partly spurred on by wanting to find something new to ground the initial concept in.

Maybe I’ll pull the old story out and fiddle with it next, after I’m done with this new project. It’s nice to be reminded of a story that I know I’ll put down on paper some day but don’t feel pressured or rushed to do so. Over the past two years that’s basically what my NaNoWriMo novels have been — big fancy excuses . I haven’t finished them either yet, but that’s okay too. They’ll come together when they’re ready.

(I’m still coasting on the gleeful fact that in the past two years and even just the past few months I’ve done a lot more original creative writing than I have in years. This should last for a while and I’m content with that.)


Daily Writing Progress #37

Sunday, November 20th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 25452
    • New Words: 2337

Monday, November 21st

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 26071
    • New Words: 619

Tuesday, November 22nd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28018
    • New Words: 1947

Wednesday, November 23d

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28128
    • New Words: 110

Thursday, November 24th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 28128
    • New Words: 0

Friday, November 25th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 30971
    • New Words: 2843

Saturday, November 26th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 33412
    • New Words: 2441

Daily Writing Progress #36

I could be doing better, but I feel okay about this. (Major personal accomplishment in that sentence alone.)

Not bad, considering I’m going most of my writing on my phone via Google doc.

Saturday, November 12th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 14179
    • New Words: 2254 (!!!)

 Sunday, November 13th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 16861
    • New Words: 2682 (!!!)

Monday, November 14th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 18077
    • New Words: 1216

Tuesday, November 15th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 18784
    • New Words: 707

Wednesday, November 16th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 20138
    • New Words: 1354

Thursday, November 17th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 21547
    • New Words: 1409

Friday, November 18th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 22079
    • New Words: 532

Saturday, November 19th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 23115
    • New Words: 1036

Daily Writing Progress #35

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 3522
    • New Words: 516

Thursday, November 3rd

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 4274
    • New Words: 752

Friday, November 4th

  • Project:
    • Total Word Count: 5376
    • New Words: 1102
  • Thoughts: I’m not hitting the ideal daily word goal of 1667, but so far every day I write more than I did the day before!

Saturday, November 5th

  • Project:
    • Total Word Count: 6535
    • New Words: 1159

Sunday, November 6th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 6821
    • New Words: 285

Monday, November 7th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 7853
    • New Words: 1032

Tuesday, November 8th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 8269
    • New Words: 416

Wednesday, November 9th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 9315
    • New Words:

Thursday, November 10th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 10166
    • New Words: 1046

Friday, November 11th

  • Project: Todd
    • Total Word Count: 11925
    • New Words: 1759
  • Thoughts: Woohoo, word count on target for today, first time!

Daily Writing Progress #34

Wednesday, October 26th

  • Missed this day.

Thursday, October 27th

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 1853
    • New Words: 132

Friday, October 28th

  • Missed this day.

Saturday, October 29th

  • Missed this day.

Sunday, October 30th

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 2097
    • New Words: 244

Monday, October 31st

  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 2125
    • New Words: 28

Tuesday, November 1st

  • Project: IWSG post #3
    • Word County: 336
  • Project: Todd (draft 1)
    • Total Word Count: 3006
    • New Words: 881
  • Thoughts: NaNoWriMo is off to a good start!

Daily Writing Progress #33

Wednesday, October 12th – Friday, October 21st

  • Sort of missed these days.
  • I did some outlining in a program that doesn’t let me run a word count, plus some keys on my laptop keyboard are crapping and really need to get repaired.

Saturday, October 22nd

  • Project: Todd, draft 1
    • Word Count: 1151
  • Thoughts: In college, a friend and I came up with in college, based of a favorite show and our takes on what their actors would be like if it were a live action show instead of animated. It was ridiculous and hilariously fun, and now I’m finally writing the story of two of them. (Side characters that we made up completely. One of the actors’ ex best friend, mainly. But reincarnations of two of the main characters have worked their way into my NaNo novel as well.)

Sunday, October 23rd

  • Project: Todd, draft 1
    • Total Word Count: 1620
    • New Words: 469
  • Thoughts:  This is going to need some work, but I’m proud of how far I’ve gotten with it so far! Most of the plot is already there in my head and has been for a long time… lurking… waiting… It’s just the details and some of connecting the dots that’s giving me trouble. But I’m almost to the fun angsty part.

Monday, October 24th

  • Project: QWERTY post
    • Word Count: 412
  • Thoughts:  Typed on Evernote in my phone, woohoo computer problems lol.

Tuesday, October 25th

  • Project: Todd, draft 1
    • Total Word Count: 1721
    • New Words: 101
  • Thoughts: I gave my partner a critique on a short story (read it, you know you want to) and got a critique in return, so even though I  didn’t add much to the word count it felt like a good writing day all around. 😊

Daily Writing Progress #32

Tuesday, October 4th

  • Project: NaNoWriMo post
    • Word Count: 334
  • Thoughts:  

Wednesday, October 5th – Thursday, October 6th

  • Missed these  days.

Friday, October 7th

  • Project: Romance prompt story
    • Word Count: 284
  • Thoughts:  The prompt was so cliched that I wanted to mess with it. I’m not completely sure where I’m going with it though… I may have to restart.

Saturday, October 8th

  • Project: Horror movies post
    • Word Count: 383
  • Thoughts:  It’s been a rough week.

Sunday, October 9th

  • Project: Horror movie post
    • Total Word Count: 613
    • New Words: 230
  • Thoughts:  I’m glad I got this done. Kind of hard.

Monday, October 10th

  • Missed this day.

Tuesday, October 11th

  • Project: Sleeping Beauty, draft 2
    • Word Count: 225
  • Thoughts:  Yeah, I started over on this too haha.

Daily Writing Progress #31

I’m very amused by how organized I tried to be with my posting schedule, and now it’s more like oh yeah, whenever. Sometimes that’s just the way life goes.

Friday, September 30th

  • Missed this day.

Saturday, October 1st

  • Project: IWSG Post #02
    • Word Count: 461
  • Thoughts:  I missed last month’s question, but this time I got it done early! 😀

Sunday, October 2nd

  • Project: Sleeping Beauty story
    • Word Count: 217
  • Thoughts: I have an idea for where I want this story to go, but I’m not completely sure how to get it there. Hmm.

Monday, October 3rd

  • Project: The Sorcerer’s Story, WIP
    • Total Word Count: 797
    • New Words: 34
  • Thoughts: Still liking how this is going. With this stupid cold, though, I don’t have much energy to work on it.

Daily Writing Progress #30

Thursday, September 8th – Monday, September 19th

  • Missed these days.

Tuesday, September 20th

  • Project: NaNoWriMo Declaration
    • Word Count: 282
  • Thoughts: Big commitment. But I feel like, even if I don’t win the challenge this year, I’ll at least get more work done on Growing Magic. 

Wednesday, September 21st

  • Missed this day.

Thursday, September 22th

  • Missed this day.

Friday, September 23rd

  • Project: 4 journal pages
  • Thoughts: I was stuck on a plane for an hour and change. This was a good way to spend it.

Saturday, September 24th

  • Missed this day.

Sunday, September 25th

  • Project: The Sorcerer’s Story, WIP
    • Word Count: 505
  • Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to flesh out the backstory of my novel’s antagonist for a while. This feels like a really good start.

Monday, September 26th

  • Project: The Sorcerer’s Story, WIP
    • Total Word Count: 763
    • New Words: 258
  • Thoughts:  Still liking how this is moving along, and that’s pretty good for me.

Tuesday, September 27th – Thursday, September 28th

  • Missed these days.

Daily Writing Progress #29

Thursday, September 1st

  • Missed this day

Friday, September 2nd

  • Missed this day

Saturday, September 3rd

  • Missed this day

Sunday, September 4th

  • Project: It’s Mine, fragment
    • Word Count: 359
  • Thoughts: I’m not sure where this fragment is going to fit in with the story. My starting inspiration was this week’s prompt on TheProse.com, which is to “write a piece of poetry or prose about addiction.” I chose to focus not on the main character’s additions, which are more extreme, but one of the supporting character’s smoking. Not that the main character doesn’t indulge in everything…

Monday, September 5th

  • Missed this day

Tuesday, September 6th

  • Missed this day

Wednesday, September 7th

  • Project: Susurrus
    • Word Count: 389
  • Thoughts: This prompt was, “You are renting a room in someone’s house as you transition to living in a new city. The owner tells you that the basement is completely off limits. You start hearing noises coming from the basement at night. After several days, curiosity overcomes you and you sneak downstairs to see what is going on.” I think I did pretty good for a 400 word count limit!