Writing BREAKFALL so far:
Got idea for story, research, a little panster writing
Changed setting to Paris, changed POV to 1st person past tense
Scattered forward progress on WIP, due to much time spent floating in lake with a frosty adult beverage in hand
Nada written. The start of school always takes all of my attention
Finally in the school groove, decent plotting and writing on WIP, though the plot's changed about 20 times at this point: mob in, mob out; girl's name changed; mob back in; and much more
Finally nailed down plot, scattered writing; football season, every weekend occupied
Finished zero draft during NaNoWriMo and won 20-page critique from writer who just got a book deal; sent off first 20 pages (though I did let her know this was just a first draft and wasn't clean); got critique back and it pretty much ripped my WIP apart. Not surprised but it still rocked my writing world.
Used critique to evaluate story. Wrote not much at all. Decided to set WIP aside. Too much to think about.
No writing done on BREAKFALL
Both literally and figuratively tore WIP apart and started pretty much from scratch, breaking WIP into scenes, putting them on notecards, keeping what worked and discarding the rest. Lots of moving and shaking going on.
Still back at the drawing board; doing a lot more research, trying to get a better handle on character motivation and come up with a more solid plot
Minimal progress; not really focused on story. Life interfered, other things took priority and, unfortunately, my writing fell by the wayside. This can't happen if I want to be a full-time writer anytime soon.
NaNoWriMo time again. As I was doing it with my students, I knew I needed to write another story. Dug out BREAKFALL and dusted it off. Decided it had decent bones but pretty much everything was wrong with it. Changed the plot. Changed the setting. Changed the characters. Started from scratch and, while I didn't "win" NaNo, did get a good 25k written and a plot I was much happier with.
Got some words written (about 10k) but there was something holding back the flow of the story. Played Skyrim, read a ton, and worked on book review blog while trying to puzzle it out.
BIG changes--went from 1st person to 3rd person and my main character changed from a guy to a girl, MC's love interest from a girl to a guy. This worked SOOOO much better--the story started flowing and so did the words. I'm hoping to have this draft done by Tuesday. Which would be completely awesome.