The Paranormalist’s WriMoProg Page
This is where you can check up on my writerly progress.
Feel free to offer praise, encouragement or a good scolding – as appropriate.
WriMoProg Challenge Goals:
wrimoprog 04/02/2014: 6 + 4 = 10/182
wrimoprog 04/03/2014: 8 + 7 = 15/184
wrimoprog 04/04/2014: 12 + 7 = 19/184
THIS MONTH’S GOAL: 104 (novels) + 78 (blog and other social media) = 182 (hours)
SETTING THE GOAL FOR APRIL:
In April, I want to work in a zone somewhere between the all-out, reckless jibberish-generation of a typical November NaNo and the slow, careful writing I’ve been doing on my own lately. (In essence, I want to get back to what I was doing last year, now that I’m not working outside the house and life has settled down a bit.)
I’m all set up at Camp NaNoWriMo. I want to end up with a quality draft of at least 1/3 (but possibly 1/2) of a manuscript done. That’s 20,000 – 50,000 words. (Right now I’m setting goal at 30. I may adjust.)
I’m using WriMoProg to manage my life beyond the project. I’ve carefully looked at my available time, and determined how many hours I can realistically devote to writing. The plan is to work Monday thru Saturday, an average of seven hours a day. (There is some variation day-to-day, and this total amount of time will be divided between the new novel, blogging and other writerly tasks.) I need to make the fiction writing non-negotiable, but I may flex down the other time if I have to to stay sane.
Checking my math:
- 26 working days
- 4hr per day on novel = 104
- 3hr per day on blogging, etc = 78
- 182 total / 7 hours a day
- - Ayup, the math checks out.
And here’s some more interesting math:
- 20,000 words / 104 hours = 192 wph
- 30,000 words / 104 hours =289 wph
- 40,000 words / 104 hours = 386 wph (I adjusted this to make some math, below, work out evenly.)
- 50,000 words / 104 hours = 481 wph
- 60,000 words / 104 hours = 577 wph
SO I can “earn” my word count in one of two ways:
- I can count words (when I’m generating the text itself)
- I can count hours (when I’m creating the outline / mapping the sections; defining characters, locations and such; and plotting.) For the purposes of fair tracking, I’ll assume an hour of this = 386 words … which means a pomodoro of structuring = 193 words.)
- wrimoprog 03/08/2014: 2 + 12 = 14/80
- wrimoprog 03/10/2014: 5 + 18 = 23/80
- wrimoprog 03/16/2014: 15 + 20 = 35/80
- wrimoprog 03/16/2014: 15 + 20 = 35/80
- wrimoprog 03/19/2014: 32 + 22 = 54/80
- wrimoprog 03/27/2014: 41 + 30 = 71/80
- wrimoprog 03/31/2014: 43 + 47 = 90/80
The rest of the information on the page is mostly for my own use, but have a look if you like.
2014 General, Ongoing Goals:
The formula: X + Y = Z / total-hours goal
when X = writing/editing time, Y = other writerly tasks.
Write & edit novels:
- write last 28 sections (quick, intense, culminating sections) THEN, between editing steps, revise and refine ending
- editing #1 – the close-in writing (edit yesterday’s work, lightly, before moving on to today’s work)
- editing #2 – the close-in edit (PC edit from start to finish, thinking of flow, pace, plot holes, etc. – emphasis on cutting & tightening)
- editing #3 – the distance or hand edit (by me AND by volunteer readers – scribble all over printed manuscripts)
- editing #4 – the consolidation edit (take into account all useful hand edits and type up a single clean copy)
- editing #5 – the oral edit (read the damn thing aloud and catch typos, awkward phrasing, etc.)
The Hypnotist Clown
Bugaboo Road (inspired by my dad)
Maintain my social media sites:
Blog: (2-3 weekly ORIGINAL CONTENT posts) (Posts of 300 – 1000 words on the topics of being bipolar, writing horror and studying the paranormal.) Post regular features most weeks. (#NetNet, Body Preservation, FNPS, M&M Media.) Also maintain Writer’s Monthly Progress Challenge linky page. Cultivate influencers. Find potential readers who are interested in horror, dark pleasures and the paranormal.
- The Paranormalist Portal (mirror)
Short-form blogs: (1-2 daily posts) Quick snippets about paranormal / creepy events, short reviews, brief referrals and connections, evocative images, and links to blog posts.
- Facebook – The Paranormalist
- Facebook – The Renae Rude (mirror)
- Tumblr – The Paranormalist (mirror)
Micro-blog: (1 – 10 daily updates, mostly via twitter and google+ AND / OR photos and links to pinterest, instagram, cheezburger, etc.)
- Google+ (mirror)
- Pinterest – Renae Rude (develop into a significant platform plank)
- Paranormal LOLs