Year 2, Month 1, Day 15 of this Writing in Public challenge.
Day one of writing the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.
I’m going to do two things a little different in this blog tonight. First off, I’ll compare to where I was last August on the 15th. (That will be in the numbers below.)
And then in the writing part of the day, I’ll go into a little more depth of details about the process. I won’t do that every night, but figured at times I will.
Rolled out around 2 p.m. and did e-mail, then off to the snail mail by 3:30 p.m. Then to the two banks and the deli for lunch. Back up to WMG Publishing around 4:30 and ended up talking with a local professional writer who stopped by for a time.
Got a little work done on Smith’s Monthly #11 formatting before heading home to take a nap with the white cat, news, dinner, and then dishes.
I felt exhausted because of the long week, but really wanted to get the novel started. So I went into this writing office and managed in just over an hour to get 700 words done, the first seven hundred words of the novel.
I started into a character in chapter two and my little voice screamed “wrong way” so I deleted those fifty words and went with Kris to the WMG office at 10:30 p.m. No clue why my little voice told me that character was the wrong way, but I was sure it was. Trust the little creative voice.
I again got a little more done on the formatting of Smith’s Monthly #11 and then fed the kitten and Kris and I got home around midnight. Off to watch some television, so I didn’t get back into this office until around 1:30 a.m.
Exhausted from the long week, so I went out into the living room where Kris was reading, sat down in my reading chair, and took another nap. I woke up after about twenty minutes and staggered around for a time before getting back into this office at 2 a.m.
I had a breakfast bar (100 cal) with me and iced tea.
I went back to the start of the novel and worked through those 700 words, expanding them and then moving on into a different chapter two. By 3 a.m., the novel was 1,700 words long. I had added another thousand new words.
I took a short five minute break, bringing back to my office a tablespoon full of peanut butter and a glass of sparkling iced water.
By 3:45 a.m. I had once again started at word one of the novel and went through everything, adding and pushing the story forward, tossing in more setting, sensory details, and dialog as I went. That added in another 1,000 words almost exactly.
Short break for more water and another breakfast bar. By 4:30 a.m. I had once again started at the first of the book and managed to get yet another 1,000 words done and move the story forward.
Short break, no food or water, back to the book. This time I didn’t start back at the start, but at chapter three, about the 2,000 word mark and went forward, going through it all again, and running at where I had left off. 900 more words by 5:15 a.m.
A good breaking point there at chapter five, so I stopped.
So 4,600 words on the novel. About 350 calories while writing it. A mug of iced tea and two mugs of sparkling water. On the Sonos I have a streaming oldies show playing softly.
A decent start, and the novel seems like it’s going to fly. Where it will fly to, no clue.
Note: Below I am putting the numbers from the 15th day of August, 2013 beside today’s numbers. Interesting that I am 4,000 words ahead of last year in fiction, but behind in all the other areas.
So last August at this point I had written 47,200 words total in the month. This year I have written 48,500 words. Only 1,300 words total spread between the same fifteen days two years apart. Well, that surprised me.
Writing of the novel Heaven Painted as a Christmas Gift.
Day 1…. 4,600 words. Total words to date…. 4,600 words
Totals For Year 2, Month 1, Day 15 (Numbers in brackets are from 2013 on this same day.)
– Daily Fiction: 4,600 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 24,850 words (20,900)
– Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words (1,000)
– Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,100 words (10,500)
– E-mail: 27 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 467 (433) e-mails. Approx. 13,800 (14,800) words
– Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers
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