Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: February 28 – March 6

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 7268

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Saturday with 3634 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on Snow and some fanfiction.

The Good News: I finished Snow on Saturday! *cheers* (Hence the crazy word count!)

The Bad News: I took a break after Snow, so I didn’t meet my goal every day.

Lesson Learned: After Snow was finished, my plan was to work on fanfiction for The Desolation of Smaug and edit Homeland. I started the edit, which is my first major novel edit, and I’m pretty lost on what to do and feeling a bit overwhelmed. However, I’ve been taking the advice from my Go Teen Writers book and am just starting with a read through, noting any major problems or plot holes. So, my lesson learned this week is rather ongoing – how to edit this rough draft.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 600 words. I’m planning on focusing mainly on the edit so I want a smaller word goal to worry about. 🙂

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up (or have any editing advice for me), go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: February 21 – 27

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 7827

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Thursday with 1,511 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Snow novel.

The Good News: I made my goal this week! Also, I believe I should be finished Snow in 4-5 more days. I’m so excited, and yet not sure that I’m quite ready to let her go. 🙂

The Bad News: Alas, the trials of becoming too emotionally attached to your characters. I had to write the scene where Snow finds out she’s going to die, and wow, that was a hard one to write. When I was writing the scene, I just kept apologizing, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean it! I’m sorry I must torture you!”

Lesson Learned: With Homeland, I was so excited to finish my novel and win NaNo, I didn’t have any trouble letting go of that novel’s rough draft. With Snow, just thinking about ending the story makes me hold onto my word document with a virtual death grip. My continuing ‘lesson learned’ is knowing when to end a story, even if I’m not exactly ready. 🙂

Goal for Next Week: My goal for this week is 900 words, again.

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: February 14 – 20

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 8387

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Saturday with 1930 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on Snow and one Star Trek fanfiction.

The Good News: I’ve met and exceeded my goal for this week once again! Also, I’m almost done my novel. I don’t have too much left to go! 😀

The Bad News: The one scene in my novel when Snow returns home after almost a year did not work exactly as I’d planned.

Lesson Learned: I was disappointed that my scene did not work out as I had hoped. I had planned something totally different and that’s not at all how the scene ended up flowing. Even though the scene didn’t go according to plan, my ‘lesson learned’ is to just keep writing and to remember I can fix whatever didn’t work in the second draft.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for this week is 900 words.

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: February 7 – 13

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 8093

Top Writing Day: Wednesday was my top writing day with 1,327 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Snow/Finley novel and a little bit of fanfiction.

The Good News: I met and exceeded my goal this week! Yeah!

The Bad News: I’ve been so single minded in writing my Snow/Finley novel that I haven’t gotten any of my other writing projects done such as Hobbit fanfiction for the Desolation of Smaug.

Lesson Learned: When I wrote Homeland, I wrote a huge outline to go along with it, and never really used the detailed plot points I wrote. The outline was comforting to have, knowing I had to write a novel in a month, but not as useful as I had hoped. With Snow, I jumped into it thinking I’d never go far with the novel, and so I didn’t write an outline for it at all.  Surprisingly, I’m doing okay without the super-detailed outline I did for Homeland, and I love the freedom of making it up as I go along! So, my “lesson learned” is that next time I start a novel, I’m just jumping into it, and only outlining later if needed!

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 800 words. 🙂

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: January 31 – February 6

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 6107

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Thursday with 1249 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Snow/Finley novel and some fanfiction.

The Good News: I figured out a major plot point that had, up until this point, been a mystery to me. (My personal belief is that Finley knew the solution this entire time and just decided not to tell me.)

The Bad News: I didn’t make my word count on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lesson Learned: I was majorly stuck on my Snow novel (hence the reason I didn’t make my word count) and couldn’t think of where to go next. So, I took a break of a few days, and came back to it Thursday night. I actually did solve my problem, moved forward in my plot, and I’m back on track! So, my “lesson learned” is that taking a break sometimes when I’m stuck is actually the best thing.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 700 words, once again. 🙂

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: January 24 – 30

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 7037

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Thursday with 2001 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on my Snow/Finley novel and a little bit of fanfiction.

The Good News: I made my goal! 😀

The Bad News: I’ve been trying to think up a title for my novel, and I still can’t think of one.

Lesson Learned: This week, while reading this post: http://goteenwriters.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-to-write-good-bad-guys.html I realized that I had yet to create a main bad guy for my novel. I inserted him last night, and now he’s working hard to prove his “badness.”

Goal for Next Week: I’m upping my goal for next week to 700 words.

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: January 10 – 16

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 6031

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Thursday with 2127 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on one of my novel ideas and Hobbit fanfiction.

The Good News: I’ve gotten a lot of work done on my novel this week. I finally got to the part where my girl MC meets my guy MC, so I’m super excited!

The Bad News: I missed my word count one day. 😦

Lesson Learned: For my novel, I was suddenly inspired to begin it a different way. I really wanted to use the new beginning, but didn’t want to start over on my draft. So, I wrote the new beginning, and an extra scene to connect the two parts, cut out the original beginning, and combined the drafts. It worked out great and added an extra 1000 words to the novel. So, my “lesson learned” is that I don’t have to rewrite the entire draft to change out a single part(which I have indeed done in previous things I have written.).

Goal for Next Week: My daily word goal for next week is 600 words, once again. 🙂

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: January 3 – 9

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 2717

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Wednesday with 705 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on editing Edward and writing another novel idea.

The Good News: I’ve gotten pretty far in my one novel!

The Bad News: I haven’t been making my word count at all most days.

Lesson Learned: I haven’t been working on my fantasy novel for a while because another idea has come along and claimed all my attention. So, my lesson learned is to go with the writing flow and work on this new novel since I’m really enjoying it.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for next week is 600 words, once again. 🙂

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: December 27 – January 2

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 5416

Top Writing Day: My top writing day was Friday with 2220 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on editing my Victorian story and writing Hobbit fanfiction and one of my novel ideas.

The Good News: I have gotten the first part edited! Yeah!

The Bad News: I didn’t make my goal every day. 😦

Lesson Learned: While writing one of my novel ideas, I put in a scene, and it just wasn’t working. By trying to force it to work, I didn’t make my word count since I couldn’t keep writing because I had to keep fixing the scene. Finally, I removed the scene, moved to the next one, and voila! Everything was good again. So, my “lesson learned” is that sometimes the best thing to do is to remove the flawed scene rather than try to fix it, since it just didn’t fit/work with the story.

Goal for Next Week: My goal for this week is, again, 600 words.

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla

Weekly Writing Wrap-Up: December 20 – 26

Welcome to my Weekly Writing Wrap-Up for this week!

Total Word Count for the Week: 4256

Top Writing Day: Saturday was my top writing day with 1487 words.

What I Worked On: I worked on a new novel idea, a rough draft for another novel, and Hobbit and Star Trek fanfiction.

The Good News: I wrote every day this week, and I came up with that new novel idea!

The Bad News: I didn’t make my goal every day.

Lesson Learned: After not having a word count goal due to all the chaos these past few weeks, it’s been hard getting back into the word count “groove.” My “lesson learned” is that once you take a break from writing every day, it’s hard to get back into the habit!

Goal for Next Week: My goal for this week is 600 words a day, like last week’s.

If you’d like to share your weekly wrap-up, go ahead and post it in the comments below!

~ Kayla