Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown:
Total fingers on the keyboard time: 1 hour and 4 minutes. Total words: 1,202. Words per hour: 1,127.
09:35 – No I haven’t been up all night. I actually managed to get my ass out of bed this morning at 8:30, thanks to new habits I’m setting for myself. It was well after 4:00 in the morning, before I went to sleep last night. I suspect I’ll feel tired by the end of the day, but that’s a good thing. I need to go to bed at a decent hour, and quit staying up until all hours of the night.
My agenda is quite simple today: write 2,000 words, edit 12,000 words, and post on my blog. The internet is off, and my phone is in the other room, my distractions should be minimal. I’m even on my second cup of coffee, which is the cup that fuels my productivity.
10:12 – Diction wasn’t working for me. I’m writing a prequel story of one of the major side characters in Aether Walker: Game Changer, and starting from scratch is always a little more difficult. I’m plotting as I go. I already know the ending and beginning of the story, but other wise, I’m discovery writing the whole story. I use to discovery write years ago, but it wasn’t working because I ended up writing only when I was inspired. Since this is a shorter work (aiming for between 12K & 15K words) I think I’ll pull of discovery writing. It’s also from the POV of this side character and written in first person, which is new for me.
Basically this story is good for my writing career. I’m trying out a new writing process. I’m working in a new form of POV. The character is one that readers of the series sympathize with. Which means, that by giving away a free story from his perspective as the incentive for an email sign up, I should see higher conversion rates. I know, almost always, writing the next book in a series is the best thing an author can do for their career, but this story might be one of those few exceptions. I want to start off in the Market strong and I think this short story will help me do that. Either way, writing a story that pushes me to grow and expand my skill set as an author, is a good thing.
10:45 – Finished the first chapter. I’m writing the story as journal entries, which I hope is interesting to the reader. Once I hit the 5K mark I’ll send it to a couple of beta readers and see what they have to say.
11:31 – I’ve got the first three scenes/entries done. It looks like I’ll average about 400 words per entry. I’m thinking about two entries a week, so maybe 32 to 36 entries. Which will have me hit my goal of 12,000 to 15,000 words. I guess really, my goal is just to have a minimum of 12,000 words, while not letting this story turn into a full-blown novel. I’ve never been good about writing medium length words. I can write a 2,000-3,000 word short story and I write a novel. This middle of the road shit(cross out)stuff, is new. (There’s loads of cursing in the first person entries so it’s carrying over.) Since I only have one character and it’s all told as a journal entry, I think I’ll pull it off.
Weekly Word Count – 3,180
Daily Word Count, #DailyWC – 1,844
Short Story – DWC: 1,202 TWC: 1,202
Blog – DWC: 642
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Nicholi A. K. Baldron
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