The Aramis Gothboi project: writing a children’s book

progress journal
DRAFT: 01 | word count: 36,283

Journal entry 29:

Sunday 1 November 2020

November is here and I’m using the NaNoWriMo thing to complete this first draft. The official benchmark for participating in the initiative is 50,000 words in a month toward a new project. I don’t need to do that. My aim is to complete the remaining 15,000 of this manuscript. That’s 500 words per day, which is absolutely doable.

I’ve got my first 500 words down and am feeling quite good about getting back into the swing of things—even if the primary goal is so I can say that it’s done and take a break before I commence the second draft phase.

Over the month I will follow my roughed-out plan that outlines which sections need additional text with between 500 and 2,000 words necessary per chapter. I am very much looking forward to getting this done.

Monday 2 November 2020

So, two days in and I’m finding the NaNoWriMo stats page rather interesting. Not only does it give me totals, daily averages and projected targets, it also tells me that I currently write at eight words a minute. Whoooooooooshhh!!! I’ll get this done in no time.

Seriously though, I’m on track and am feeling good about it all. Hopefully I can get another few hundred words down before the end of the day too.

Got another two hundred words in, which has led to the completion of the missing section of a chapter. I projected an additional 2,000 but I’ll settle for 1,300. Everything I need is in there now and I’m sure that when I revisit it in the second draft, there will be more to add (there always is).

For the moment though, I can move onto another section.

Tuesday 2 November 2020

A quick session this morning saw the addition of 500 words to another chapter, which is good. This included a new interaction that I feel raises the stakes earlier on in the story. That said, this chapter has notes to revise for inconsistencies—one of those inconsistencies being that the events taking place are out of order and I need to reshuffle a few things. I knew that before going into it, and was going to just fill in the gaps of the scene leaving the reshuffling until later but now I’m thinking about it, it seems to be demanding that I take care of it right now. Oh well, seeing as I’m on track with my daily wordcount, I suppose I can spend a little time shuffling things around now.

Lastly, a few newsworthy things worth mentioning:

  • A short story of mine Level Crossing has gone to print. The official launch is on Thursday for this collection of short pieces by RMIT graduates called Spiral Anthology. I’m super proud to be a part of it and can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy. If there’s an opportunity to buy or read it online, I add the details in a future post.

  • Why Are You Here? is due to commence its third podcast season soon and I will be resuming sound editing duties for that in the coming week. More to come when it drops. In the meantime, why not catch up on all your favourites episodes from the first two seasons.

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