The Z-Word

Sep. 19th, 2008 04:19 pm
martinlivings: (Changed Priorities)
The Z-Word
Work Day 17 of 45

New words today0
Total words32000 (40%)
Total expected words34000
Position2000 words behind


it had to happen, sooner or later. The novel has stumbled to the ground. Ah well. Depending how busy my new job is (starting next week), it may be the end of The Z-Word altogether. Which wouldn't be an altogether bad thing. Pity, though, I was kind of looking forward to revealing the Headhunter, introducing a human from outside the UK who goes around in a kind of diving suit to prevent the zombies smelling his exhalation, and threatening the entire city of London with an electromagnetic pulse.

Still might happen. But for the moment, it needs to rest. Life is taking precedence.

The Z-Word

Sep. 18th, 2008 04:07 pm
martinlivings: (Writing Frustration)
The Z-Word
Work Day 16 of 45

New words today2000
Total words32000 (40%)
Total expected words32000
PositionOn target


Pulling teeth...

Squeezing blood from a stone...

Flogging a dead horse...

The Z-Word

Sep. 17th, 2008 02:34 pm
martinlivings: (Genius Can't Be Scheduled)
The Z-Word
Work Day 15 of 45

New words today2000
Total words30000 (37.5%)
Total expected words30000
PositionOn target


And that's all that I'll say about that...

The Z-Word

Sep. 16th, 2008 04:09 pm
martinlivings: (Eat Flesh)
The Z-Word
Work Day 14 of 45

New words today2000
Total words28000 (35%)
Total expected words28000
PositionOn target


Hmm, a third of the way through. Maybe I should split it into three parts, like Carnies. But that would imply that I have a three-act structure in mind, while in reality, I have no structure in mind. None. I'm still making this shit up as I go along.

I wonder how long I can do that before it falls into pieces?

The Z-Word

Sep. 15th, 2008 05:04 pm
martinlivings: (Gotta Do)
The Z-Word
Work Day 13 of 45

New words today2000
Total words26000 (32.5%)
Total expected words26000
PositionOn target

The Z-Word

Sep. 12th, 2008 01:48 pm
martinlivings: (Gotta Do)
*snip*

The Z-Word
Work Day 12 of 45

New words today2000
Total words24000 (30%)
Total expected words24000
PositionOn target

The Z-Word

Sep. 11th, 2008 03:18 pm
martinlivings: (Eat Flesh)
Still on target.

Still 2000 words a day.

Still no actual story.

Hmmm....

The Z-Word
Work Day 11 of 45

New words today2000
Total words22000 (27.5%)
Total expected words22000
PositionOn target

The Z-Word

Sep. 10th, 2008 02:06 pm
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
Another day, another chapter, another 2000 words, and still no real idea where it's going. I'm starting to suspect this novel's going to be a bit of a train wreck. Still, train wrecks can be interesting... can't they?



The Z-Word
Work Day 10 of 45

New words today2000
Total words20000 (25%)
Total expected words20000
PositionOn target

The Z-Word

Sep. 9th, 2008 11:54 am
martinlivings: (Eat Flesh)
So, I'm at home, sick with a headache and nausea still. Is there something going around that I should be aware of? But it's not as severe as it was yesterday, and I forced myself to bang out another chapter. Which is great, except now I have no idea what happens next. None. Which is a little scary. So I'm taking the rest of the day off, watching some horror movies, and hoping that inspiration strikes before tomorrow.

The Z-Word
Work Day 9 of 45

New words today2000
Total words18000 (20%)
Total expected words18000
PositionOn target

The Z-Word

Sep. 8th, 2008 03:47 pm
martinlivings: (Eat Flesh)
Home sick today. Very very ill. Hope I'll pull together eniough to do to see Bill Bailey tonight. But definitely no writing, can barely look at a screen for a few minutes. Bollocks.



The Z-Word
Work Day 8 of 45

New words today0
Total words16000 (20%)
Total expected words16000
PositionOn target

The Z-Word

Sep. 5th, 2008 03:28 pm
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
So, just as I'm about to knuckle down and do some writing, now that my other tasks for the day are done, I get given a massive job that has to be done by the end of the day. So no writing gets done today. Bollocks.


The Z-Word
Work Day 7 of 45

New words today0
Total words16000 (20%)
Total expected words14000
Position2000 ahead

The Z-Word

Sep. 4th, 2008 04:37 pm
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
Crap day. Totally uninspired by the book, the world, and life in general. Completely ready to throw in the towel. Bleh. Someone remind me why I do this???

The Z-Word
Work Day 5 of 45

New words today2000
Total words16000 (20%)
Total expected words12000
Position4000 ahead

The Z-Word

Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:41 pm
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
Just chugging along now. Still pretty much flailing around in the dark, looking for a plot. I'm sure one will surface sooner or later. But I may be in the same situation as the kids in the Blair Witch Project, lost in the woods, keeping moving in the vain hope that they'll end up somewhere they recognise. Only difference is, no-one will make a movie about this disaster!

The Z-Word
Work Day 5 of 45

New words today2000
Total words14000 (17.5%)
Total expected words10000
Position4000 ahead

The Z-Word

Sep. 2nd, 2008 01:33 pm
martinlivings: (Eat Flesh)
Another average day. Still, writing an attempted assasination scene is always fun. :) I wish I was still writing 4000 a day, like I did at the beginning (that was awesome!), and the way [livejournal.com profile] callistra did today, but still, I'm keeping up. Still no idea whatsoever where it's going, mind you, which I suspect is going to get me into terrible trouble in the next few chapters!

The Z-Word
Work Day 4 of 45

New words today2000
Total words12000 (15%)
Total expected words8000
Position4000 ahead

The Z-Word

Sep. 1st, 2008 01:22 pm
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
I might do some more on this later today, but I'm feeling very uninspired at the moment. I might need to sleep on it. I really shouldn't take the weekends off, it breaks the flow completely. Ah well, live and learn!

Oh, I also changed one of the three main PoV characters to a woman. I was disturbed by the testeronity of the story at that point, and decided it needed an alternate viewpoint. It's added a nice spin to the tale, I hope!


The Z-Word
Work Day 3 of 45

New words today2000
Total words10000
Total expected words6000
Position4000 ahead

The Z-Word

Aug. 29th, 2008 04:09 pm
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
End of day. Good couple of days, good start to the novel. Still have absolutely no idea where it's headed, mind you, and it's a bit male-centric at this stage for my liking, but hopefully it'll all sort itself out. Next week's the first week of official writing, since it's not even September yet. I'm cheating by doing this much work before then. :)

The Z-Word
Day Two

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8,000 / 80,000
(10.0%)

The Z-Word

Aug. 29th, 2008 01:20 pm
martinlivings: (Eat Flesh)
As of lunchtime... probably still some writing to go today...

The Z-Word
Day Two

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
6,000 / 80,000
(7.5%)
martinlivings: (Nom Nom Nom Nom)
So, right after I decide to write my undead magnificent octopus, I'm randomly browsing Tinypic and stumble over this:

martinlivings: (Eat Flesh)
Okay, so it seems I'm doing NaNoWriMo two months early, and for twice as long. It's gonna be tougher than usual, because this is a novel that has to be ready for submission by the end of October, not just a rough first draft like I do in NaNo. So the plan is, as [livejournal.com profile] callistra suggested, 2000 words every work day, but then on the weekend I'll need to go over the 10000 words I've written that week and polish them. At that rate, it should be possible to finish the book, assuming (a) that it's not longer, and (b) that it actually has a plot beyond the vague blurb I pulled our of my butt for it!

So, current status:

The Z-Word

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,995 / 80,000
(2.5%)

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