Aramis Gothboi – Progress Journal: 10K in 10 days – Day 07

Progress Journal for Aramis Gothboi: Book One

Mog’s ongoing account of completing the first draft.

Total word count: 26,508

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Nineteenth Post:

It’s 11am and I’ve only made a small dent in the word count today, so I’m tossing up whether or not to push a late-night session, or wake up early tomorrow and get it done then. Honestly, getting up early seems to be much harder than it needs to be, and I usually end up filling what’s left of that time before lunch with housework and such anyway.

I’m pretty sure I’ll tackle one more session before I go to bed. With less than 3,500 words to go, it will take the pressure off I can get that number down to less than 2,000 before I sleep (and then it won’t matter if I happen to sleep in!)

Progress today was spent finessing the climax. I know what needs to happen structurally, but I’m still playing with how it is delivered, and those damn kids are playing up again with surprise dialogue and carrying on by doing the unexpected. Don’t worry, I had a chat to them, and they know who’s boss here and they promised to behave better so I can get the action of the scene to work in return for a good play in another, less critical chapter.

Should post this now and go have a cup of tea. So I will.

‘Til tomorrow.

Aramis Gothboi – Progress Journal: 10K in 10 days – Day 06

Progress Journal for Aramis Gothboi: Book One

Mog’s ongoing account of completing the first draft.

Total word count: 25,192

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Eighteenth Post:

Success! Today I reached yesterday’s goal by putting more than 2,000 words on the page, which has almost made up for the lost time of the last two days. I am also hoping to get the final 4,000 or so done in the following two days so I don’t have to stress all the way up to the finish line. Unless my eyes fall out or something equally debilitating happens, I should get there easily.

Today was strange. I tackled the climax and the final chapter, which will both need redrafting, but while doing them I felt a sense of almost finality as I wrote. I now have a draft written of every chapter in the book. I didn’t even think about this little fact until now, so that’s certainly an achievement worth celebrating. That said, there are additional chapters that have presented themselves in the working of this draft, that need to be structured and locked in as additional pieces of the puzzle. The other interesting result of writing the climax is that even more details have come up that will need to be inserted earlier in the book so that certain aspects of the resolution will actually work.

Another thing I should mention is that writing to a deadline this tight really sucks – avoid it at all costs. I’m getting the job done, but the process was far more enjoyable when I had some wriggle room and time to breathe between writing sessions – just one more reason why I want to finish this thing sooner rather than later.

Here’s to smashing goals.

Stay safe.

Aramis Gothboi – Progress Journal: 10K in 10 days – Day 05

Progress Journal for Aramis Gothboi: Book One

Mog’s ongoing account of completing the first draft.

Total word count: 22,832

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Seventeenth Post:

Today was a rollercoaster of doing much less done than I anticipated. I spent the morning changing the tense of the last chapter where that had to be done, and followed this with mapping out the story’s climax. I had an idea of how this would play out and already had a few sentences illustrating as such, but there was one bit that looked very much like this:

<insert big moment>

After today, I’m miles ahead. Now it looks like this:

<insert big moment where X achieves Y and overcomes Z>

Progress, huh? I’d hoped to get some more work done in the afternoon before a workshopping session, but it was not to be. The session, however, went very well and I got feedback on the prologue for this very project.

The good news is that people liked it for the right reasons, asked questions about the questionable parts, and nudged me in the right direction to making some structural decisions that I’d been putting off until now.

After the workshopping, I took some me time because sometimes you’ve got to remember to do that – even when there’s a deadline looming.

It’s now 1:30am. After I get some sleep, I’ll get to work on applying those suggested edits to the prologue and then I’ll get to work on the climax. If I can get 2,000 words down tomorrow, I’ll be happy. Gotta catch up on lost time and the next two days are the last chance I’ll have to do this.

Sleep well my friends.

Aramis Gothboi – Progress Journal: 10K in 10 days – Day 04

Progress Journal for Aramis Gothboi: Book One

Mog’s ongoing account of completing the first draft.

Total word count: 22,715

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Sixteenth Post:

Friday, 21 May 2020

After half an hour of work I added 34 words as I changed the tense of yet another chapter. I didn’t start editing until 11:30pm, so obviously it’s only been a miniscule effort. I was hoping to get this posted before midnight, but the clock just ticked over and it’s now Saturday, which must mean that I need to wrap this up real quick.

I’ve got one more chapter to redraft in the tense I’ve chosen to stick with, and two more to be written from scratch. Completing these should see me to my goal.

On a sidenote, I reviewed chapter one for my writer’s group and it no longer stands up against some of my more recent efforts. Only a short way to go to 30K, but such a long road ahead of me to make this thing sing.

Gotta sleep. Long day ahead when I wake up.

‘Night!