Still Working on it.

So, the ending has sill not materialised, but I’m getting a few thoughts about it. I have several other projects that are waiting in the wings, for either completion or commencement and I really need to finish off the Book Without a Story.

Today might be a bit busy, but while I might not get much writing done, at least I can think about what I need to do.

This morning I had an idea on how to move the next project forward. A while ago I heard a song that described a character who, while dark and mysterious, seemed to have all of the elements needed to make a great antagonist.  But I couldn’t put a storyline with him, so I put him away for a while. Just lately I have been thinking about a new story but couldn’t get an antagonist to fit.  I now see that the two ideas can fit together perfectly. I have a protagonist and an antagonist. A clash, a conflict and at least a partial resolution.

All I need to do now is finish the current work and move on.

NaNoWriMo – Update

Completed the necessary50k words by 22nd November, so the pressure is off in that respect. The total word count for Book Without a Story is now around 72k, which is pretty good for a first draft and done in a very short time, so I’m pretty happy with that.

The big problem at the moment is the ending, what I currently have feels a bit weak, almost just allowing the story to drift off into the sunset, so I’m casting about for a new, more dynamic conclusion,

Not to worry, something will come to me or at least I hope it will. Once it does I’ll start thinking about editing and re-writing, some of the sections will benefit greatly from more work, I’m sure.

Book Without a Plot – 02

The working title for the NaNoWriMo project says all you really need to know about this piece. (for the moment, at least).

It’s progressing well. I’m aiming to complete the first draft by the end of November. I’ve set my usual overall target for the novel of 80k words and I currently need to complete rather less than 1700 words a day to achieve that figure.

As I’m also using this work as a project in this years NaNoWriMo, I need to manage a total of 50k words during the month. At the current rate of around 2200 a day, I’m on target to manage the 50k by about the 21st of the month. Which is achievable and pretty gratifying if I can manage it.

The only issue currently is that the Main Character is now waiting on a contract being delivered. nothing much can happen until that arrives, so I’m sort of marking time until then. I guess I shouldn’t give in and introduce too many new characters at this stage. So I’ll see if i can just jump the clock forward a few days and keep the momentum going.


Okay, so it’s now the 6th of November and I’m six days into the NaNo thing. Currently standing at just over 13k words, which is ahead of schedule for the month. Apparently we need 1667 words a day average to hit the target.

I’ve also set myself n 80k word target for the whole book, and an intention to finish that by 30th November. I actually started the writing before 1st Nov so I’m approaching 40k in that target as well.

Feeling pretty confident with both targets at the moment, just waiting to see what real life will put in the way.

The basic story is going well. It’s split itself quite neatly into three parts, the introduction where Simon, the main character decides to make his mark on the literary world. The second part, curently in progress) where his mark is found and acted on by others, and the third part where the consequences are worked out.

Book Without a Plot – 01

Got all of the plot for the next novel sorted. A complete change of pace this time. It’ll be more of a slightly surreal, humorous satire.

I don’t want to say too much at this time, but I pretty well know exactly where it’s going. I have a few characters in mind, including a hero and a villain and a number of minor characters, some of who will grow into more important parts and of course, some of whom may not.

I’ve promised my better half, that there will be no explosions, car chases or marauding aliens and she’s signalled her pleasure with this situation, so all is good.

Unwelcome Visitors

The first draft is now complete, around 78,500 words, done and dusted. I’ll print off a hard copy for editing later today and then put it away for a little while, probably until NaNoWriMo is out of the way. Hopefully, Mrs D will give it a serious going over first. I’m aware of a few things that will definitely need some attention and re-writing, and I know I left a few ‘hooks’ in there to be followed through. Not least the journalist who only appears in one scene but really should make more of a nuisance of himself.

Still, you can’t edit until it’s written and now it is, so onwards and upwards.

I’ve had something of a change of heart about the November Project. It was going to be a sort of modern Gothic horror story with supernatural overtones. I’ve had the whole thing plotted out and ready to go for a couple of weeks now. Then I had a change of heart, I’ve decided to go for a satire, on the publishing industry and the pretentious so and so’s who float around the outskirts of academia.

Watch this space.

Very Close

I set the target as 75k words, and the end date as 31/10/19. Just about there for the word count, but still not finished with the story. Still, it’s a bit of the pressure off for the numbers. 
I can see the end of the main part of the story and I’m almost there, just the final rescue left and then a sort of last look at our hero to see how he’s fared.  I fancy he’ll have some sort of future call on his services but I’m not sure yet if I’ll write about it.
The aim is to clear the decks for November en try and produce 50k words then at least. NaNoWriMo calls

An Interlude

We were out last night, at Kinky Boots in Blackpool. Super show, really enjoyed the performance and had a great night. We were with a group of friends and everybody was enthusiastic about how good the show was. I can heartily recommend it to anybody for  good night out. It was interesting to see how closely the story arc matched the template laid out in the book, Save the Cat Writes a Novel. I actually think I’m beginning to understand the connection now.

Consequently, was late in bed last night and so slept later this morning. So no early morning writing today.

The good news is that I’ve still managed to get 2200 words done since breakfast, and that’s the target reached and passed for today.

The bad news is that our hero is still trapped and rescue is still hours away. I only hope he can survive. At least the cavalry are a bit better informed than they were, even though they have no idea how to respond to the information they’ve been given.

Now that would be a Bad Idea

So, another 2800 words today and the story is starting to look like it might reach some sort of conclusion. Our hero remains trapped, he and his men have no way out and they’ve also ended up with a lot more responsibility than they anticipated.

One of the options he has might well result in the mother of all explosions, if he’s not careful.

Can they be rescued anyway, before they are overwhelmed and if so, will they all get out in one piece?

The target for the whole thing is about 75k words and we’re now at 58k. It really needs to be done and dusted well before the end of the month and that looks pretty likely. Early mornings seem to be the way forward.

Here come the bad guys

Another 2.5k words so far today. Things are maybe getting closer to a conclusion. Now trapped in the quarry and probably running low on ammunition what is our hero going to do? He’s already lost one of his men and looks likely to lose some more, if not all of them.

The good news is he’s maybe saved somebody’s life, a small percentage of those at risk. Will it be enough? Can he save some more? Can he save his own? Stay tuned to see the outcome of this thrilling tale. </advert> 😉

In the meantime, early morning writing seems to be working out okay. I’m managing about 500 words an hour, and with near enough 55k words out of a target 75k, I should be able to get the first draft done before the end of October to make way for the new story in November.

If I can manage it, I could actually follow Stephen King’s advice and put the draft of this month’s novel away for a full month before starting to edit it in a second draft. Who knows?