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Yesterday I changed all of that—got to work—and drafted over 10% of the novel in one day. That’s a huge accomplishment for myself. I took time to map out my lunch strategy for this new series. The title still needs work. I’ll use Seventh Realm as the series title, but I’ve not decided on a novel title.
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Progress Breakdown: Writing Weekly Word Count – 9,512 (5,642/146% Increase) Editing Weekly Word Count – 12,051 (42,110/78% Decrease) Week Recap: Just hit publish on Project Phoenix #2 Light Speed! I missed my goal of publish on the 4th by 30 minutes. I’ll do better for #3, I’m aiming for Thursday night, Friday morning. Aside from coming in a tad late with the book, I’m very pleased with my performance this week. Assuming I keep improving at my current rate, I’ll be performing where I want to be in 3-4 months. I’m pushing myself to improve by 10% weekly. I know that level of improvement is not sustainable indefinitely, but it is doable for the next few months. I’m planning a major trip at the end of July, and I need to two things to happen before then. 1st, I need my production level up to 30,000 words per week. 2nd, […]
Week Recap: Last week was a failure. I only wrote 7,819 words towards the 2nd novel of my series. To hit my deadlines I’ll need to bump that up to a minimum of 12,500. I broke down how many words I think I need to write a day to make writing a full-time career, you can read that here. Based on the math, I’ve improved my productivity since the first novel, but I still need to improve more if I want to write fast enough for the market, and thus make a full-time income. Given my growth, I suspect that I’ll be up to the 12,500+ words a week by the end of this novel, but there’s no reason not to push myself now and speed the growth process up a bit. I’m 20,954 words into the novel, or about 30% in. If you like to think of stories in […]
Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown:Total fingers on the keyboard time: 28 minutes. Total words: 959. Words per hour: 2,055. Writing Log:22:19 – I didn’t get everything done today that I wanted, but I did manage to get a solid writing sprint in, and write 959 words. I’ve got writemonkey (link to the website) set back up. I’ll be able to time stamp my blog posts and go back to my old style. I’ve got the second monitor back up and running as well, so that will let me keep these logs while I’m writing, rather than having to switch windows and think about what just happened. In short, my workflow just got easier agian. Now I have no excuses. The new timer structure of writing, is working out great for me. Also, thank you to everyone on twitter for the support and distractions when I need it. My writing sprint was from 14:54 to 15:22. […]
6:11 – Word count, 0. Just woke up about 10 minutes ago. No coffee yet. I’m going to try writing without it and see what happens. 6:37 – Word count, 371. The power went out on the block. It’s pitch black in the house aside from the glow of my laptop screen. I’ll have to come back to writing after the power comes back on. 9:38 – Word count, 1,454. The power came back on about an hour ago. I’m down to 20 scenes left to write. Total word count is at 57,766. I’m thinking I’ll come in under 75,000 word, but over the initial thought of 70,000. It’s time for some food. I’m not going to do anything but write today, until 17:00. If I stay focused I’ll hit scene 60 before I’m done. I have no idea about a word count. I just want to get down to […]
1:55 – Word Count, 0. Talked beer and whisky with an old friend via Facebook, and how excited we both are for the new Scott Lynch novel. (Scott if you’re reading this I’m dying over here.) It was fun, but now it’s time to put words on the screen. I’m technically 6,142 words behind schedule this week, due to the setback of fixing the sub plot. While I’d love to hit that and set a new personal best, I’m going to go with a more manageable goal of 3,700, which will put me over the 10,000 word mark for the week. 4:14 – Word count, 0. I’m hitting the conclusion to the novel (Act III kind of), so I needed to look at what I had plotted and work accordingly. So far the novel has followed all the major points I thought would be there, but most of the minor […]