Word count – 1/15/2017

Today’s word count: 523

I planned today as an off day, but felt like doing some writing this evening. So I sat down without setting a goal, just to see how I would do. I petered out fairly quickly, but I’m still glad I got some words out.

Tomorrow, I’m meeting with a group to write. As I said earlier, my long-term goal is to maintain a steady pace of at least 1000 words per day, six days a week. This is the first week I’m setting 1000 wpd goals. I’m not going to let myself go much over 1000; I want to see if I can still leave myself with ideas I’m eager to start on the next day.

Thanks for your support! Just knowing I have some readers out there helps me keep at it!

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Word count – 1/14/2017

Today’s word count: 964 (goal 800-900)

I got a little over-zealous today, trying to prove myself wrong. I didn’t have a writing group to meet with, but I also wasn’t able to start writing till I left the house and installed myself at a local library for an hour or so. It’s just hard to get started at home, for some reason.

Oh well. Words are words, and I’m glad I made some progress today!

A question on terms and languages

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This isn’t exactly an excerpt, but it’s something I’m struggling with in drafting my current novel.

Here’s the problem: much of the action takes place in a non-human world and in a variety of non-human languages. In describing the world, especially the social structures, my current draft jumps back and forth between “alien” terms, and terms that are English (or English-ish) approximations of the meaning of the “alien” terms.

Here are a few of the terms that I have in my notes, their literal translations, and the “English-ish” terms I’ve been using:

“Alien” term

English “Translation”

English-ish “Alternate”

anat (pl. anatee) immaterial creature, spirit, angel, soul spirit, presence
dynat power or energy, esp. power of an immaterial creature energy, dynamism
eudalex (pl. eudalecai) council, congress, parliament convenium / conveneum
eugex (pl. eugecai) ordinary person, worldly person commoner
gantra (pl. gantrai) magician, conjurer, witch witch (pejorative) / magi
gantralla magic, summoning, witchcraft witchcraft (pejorative) / art
kefan (pl. kefanee) priest, shaman, holy person hierophant
malanadha (pl. malahadhai) avatar, hero, divine person or demigod fulfillment / union
mehan (pl. mehanee) leader, ruler, commander principal
nok (pl. nokoi) scholar, academic, intellectual reasoner / rational
pradix (pl. pradicai) wise person, teacher loremaster / speaker
thruja (pl. thrujoi) slave, indentured servant slave, bound

My inclination is to use one set of terms consistently throughout the text; but I’m not sure which one. The “alien” language gives a sense of, well, alien-ness; but it could be confusing and/or off-putting. The “English-ish” could be clearer, but it also could come off as pretentious or it might just give rise to confusion with human things that those terms refer to.

Do you have any opinions or thoughts? Any feedback you have would be much appreciated!

Word count – 1/12 & 1/13/2017

Tuesday and Wednesday, I didn’t get around to writing. More on that below.

Yesterday’s word count: 743 (goal 700-800)

Today’s word count: 819 (goal 700-800)

The pattern over these past couple weeks has been: I write when I get to a writing group, but not when I stay at home to write. For some reason, the mere fact that other people are also there writing is hugely motivating. If I’m tempted to distract myself somehow, I can look over at the other writers and remind myself: that’s how books get written, by people sitting and writing them. I’m lucky enough to have a few published authors among my friends, so sometimes I can even tell myself: “That’s what a professional writer looks like” as I watch them pulling their hair and gazing into the distance, but always returning to the keyboard to put words on the page.

So, consistency remains my goal. For now, I seem to need the crutch of a writer’s group. Well, if that’s the crutch I need, then I’ll use it as much as I’m able.

Word count – 1/9/2017

Today’s word count: 593 (goal 500-600)

When I’m in a writing mood, I can write over 1000 words per hour for several hours on end. It’s not quantity of writing that’s a problem for me. It’s consistency.

Last week, I had a bum day where I got no writing done. My habit has been to let an off day turn into an off week, or month, in which I think about writing a lot, but get few to no words actually onto a page.

For me, getting back into writing after only three days down is pretty good. Honestly, this blog is one of the reasons I was able to turn it around. Thank you, positive peer pressure!