Another Rest Day…
(As a reminder, the overall monthly challenge is to write four novels and gain distance every week on my step count, starting the first week at an average of 11,000 steps per day.)
The Day Went Like This…
I made it up to WMG Publishing around two and talked with some writers there for a couple of hours. Then headed out for a walk to get my milage. And yes, again I got my 12,000 steps. (Exactly 12,058 by midnight, but I got them. (grin))
Then back to the WMG office to work on workshop stuff. Then the store, then home to nap and cook dinner.
I made it in here around 10 p.m. to do the workshop assignments and start the July workshops.
LAST CALL FOR THE JULY WORKSHOPS. THEY HAVE STARTED. Still time to jump in. List is up until tonight.
I got done with all the workshop stuff and some reading around 1 a.m., so very late. I knew that with all the workshop assignments, my writing was going to take a hit, and when I finally got started, it went even slower.
I wrote one session of 1,000 words in about an hour by 2 a.m. and then went and took another nap. Then I did another 1,100 word session by 3:30 a.m., then a break and another 800 words before I tossed in the towel.
I’m going to rest the eyes tomorrow by going and doing some picking after a meeting, so tomorrow night I’ll be back reading and writing. So I feel I am still on track.
However, the novel is really twisted. And the blue diamond is in the book as a major plot point.
2,900 words in 3 sessions.
A POINT ON REST
Since I will be at this all month long, I have always had it in my mind (not so much scheduled, but planned) that I would have rest days.
On the first book, with the push of starting up, I didn’t have any. I hit my 11,000 steps every day and over 6,000 words per day except on the last day when I ran out of book to write. First two days of the second novel started fine, but I had thought of taking most of Sunday away but decided Wednesday would be fine.
Turns out I couldn’t stay on pace until Wednesday, so took first reduced goal of one day on the steps, then reduced goal of half for two days on the writing.
Now I fully understand that my “rest” days are more than most writers can do given an entire day. I’m just glad I got 3,000 plus words a day, so now, on my novel pace, I am only one day behind. And on the first novel, I gained a day.
So the challenge is going fine on both the exercise and the novels. And I’m having fun. This new Mary Jo Assassin novel is really twisted, which is great fun. I got to keep writing to figure out what the heck happens. Not kidding. I have no clue.
And Kris finished reading Tombstone Canyon, the first book, and really liked it. Not hardly any nits either. Go figure.
So rest, if you are going to go for something like this, is critical. You don’t plan it, you expect it and don’t push into it too much and don’t be angry when you take it. All part of the process.
Novel #1…The Writing of TOMBSTONE CANYON: A Thunder Mountain Novel
Challenge Day 1… Words written… 6,600. Total so far… 6,600 words.
Challenge Day 2… Words written… 6,700. Total so far… 13,300 words.
Challenge Day 3… Words written… 6,100. Total so far… 19,400 words.
Challenge Day 4… Words written… 6,200. Total so far… 25,600 words.
Challenge Day 5… Words written… 6,200. Total so far…, 31,800 words.
Challenge Day 6… Words written… 6,100. Total so far…, 37,900 words.
Challenge Day 7… Words written… 3,200. Final Total…, 41,100 words. (Novel count is 38,000)
Challenge Novel #2
Novel #2…The Writing of DEATH TAKES A DIAMOND: A Mary Jo Assassin Novel
Challenge Day 8… Words written… 6,400. Total so far… 6,400 words.
Challenge Day 9… Words written… 6,100. Total so far… 12,500 words.
Challenge Day 10… Words written… 3,200. Total so far… 15,700 words.
Challenge Day 11… Words written… 2,900. Total written so far… 18,600 words.
The Day Breakdown
3 hours writing… 2,900 words
2 hours exercise plus normal movement… 12,100 steps
7 hours of work for workshops and meetings and such.
The rest television, cooking dinner, and so on. Plus 8 hours of sleep. Two 10 minute naps.
THE CHALLENGE SO FAR…
Days over 6,000 words… 8 of 11
Days over 11,000 steps… 10 of 11
Days over 12,000 steps… 3 of 4
26 hours of regular job work this week
Tracking Word Counts… July 11th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,392
— Daily Fiction: 2,900 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 59,700 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,200 words
— E-mail: 43 e-mails. Approx. 3,200 original words. E-mails month-to date: 348 e-mails. Approx. 22,500 words
JULY ONLINE WORKSHOPS…STARTING NOW!!!
Last Call!!! All have openings at the moment. Information at
Any questions at all, feel free to write me. And if you are confused as to which workshop to take first, we have a full curriculum posted on its own page.
Class #1… July 11th … Depth #3: Research
Class #2… July 11th … Author Voice
Class #3… July 11th … Business
Class #4… July 11th … Endings
Class #5… July 11th … Writing Fiction Sales Copy
Class #6… July 11th … Writing and Selling Short Stories
Class #7… July 12th … Depth in Writing
Class #8… July 12th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #9… July 12th … Cliffhangers
Class #10… July 12th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #11… July 12th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #12… July 12th … Writing Fantasy