Word count – 3/20/2017

Today’s word count: 1621, which sounds like a lot, but only 549 of those words were text on the draft. The other 1072 were outlining the rest of the novel. It’s easier to rack up words in outlining, because it’s basically idea-dumping without any need for word-craft.

This is actually pretty exciting. I’ve started the second chapter past the midpoint, and I have a very solid idea about what will happen in each chapter between here and the end of the book. I’m also within a stone’s throw of 60k words, so I’m expecting the final draft to weigh in somewhere around 95k-100k. That’s a little over my target of 85k, but it means I’m at least in the ballpark. 15k words of trimming shouldn’t be too difficult.

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Updates – 3/17/2017

Obviously, I’m not good at regular blogging. There are lots of reasons, most of them based in fear, if I’m perfectly honest. It puts a record out there, and I always wish my record was better than it actually is.

But there’s a virtue in facing reality. Which is why I’m tracking my writing habits. And I think the tracking is actually helping. Exhibit B:

January through March, 2017

I’m writing at fits and starts. When I do write, I usually write a solid amount: between 500 and 1000 words, and I’m writing more than 1000 words with increasing frequency. That’s good.

But when I don’t write, well, you can see the gaps in there. So my average words-per-day (including the zero days) peaked at 451 in mid-February, then dipped down and has slowly stabilized around 420. I would love to get that average above 500, but that will take some significant improvement in the writing every day aspect of things. I’m actually proud of the days earlier this week when I wrote less than 500 words: at least I got something written, when my previous inclination was just to give up and take a zero. That’s progress!

By the way, today’s word count: 1246.

I mentioned in my last post that I had a passage I’d like some critique on. I’ll post that a little later today. I’m writing about things I have little personal experience of, so I definitely need some help in giving my imagination a reality check.

Thanks to all of you who are following this blog – sporadic as it is! Knowing I have readers is a huge help for me. I hope that my journey is some kind of help to you, too!

Word count – 2/26-3/3/2017

This was a bad week for blogging, but not such a bad week for writing. Here are the word counts for this week:

Monday: 0
Tuesday: 564
Wednesday: 586
Thursday: 1341
Friday: 1241

Also, I passed the half-way point in my outline this week, so I’m officially half-done with this draft! What’s more, I have a good idea where I’m going throughout the second half, so I’m optimistic about finishing the draft in the next couple months.

I’ll try to post an excerpt tomorrow or Sunday.