Back Writing at Full Steam…
(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 to the WMG offices just at 4 p.m. after doing an hour of e-mail. I slept in way too late, but seems I needed it.
Went out walking and ended up with right at 10,000 steps for the day. Didn’t hit the 12,000 today because I just didn’t give it the last half hour of work.
I worked on workshop stuff up at WMG for 2.5 hours, then headed home to take a nap, cook dinner, then get in here and do more e-mail and then reading for the challenge. That was another 2 hours.
Then I moved over to my writing computer and got going.
From midnight until 1 a.m. I wrote 1,100 words.
Took a short break, another 900 words before watching a little television, then taking another short nap.
Then from 2:30 a.m. until 3:15 I managed 1,200 words.
Novel is back moving, but I got a hunch I have a bubble (character loop) that will get cut out. But I’ll deal with that later when I am finished.
3:30 a.m. until 4:15 I did another 1,100 words while eating celery and peanut butter.
By 5 a.m. I had managed another 1,300 words.
One last get up and walk around, pet a cat, then I did another 500 words before the brain said I was done.
6,100 words in 6 sessions.
Felt good to be rested and have a full day again. Pacing is your friend with something like this.
TOTAL WORDS FOR THE MONTH…
Not counting my writing replies on comments on this blog and others, my total word count for the month just went past 100,000 words. 68,900 words of that is fiction. Not bad for 13 days. Onward.
And this week I am just 3.5 hours short of a 40 hour week working my day job. One more day to go for the seven day week.
Those of you using work as an excuse to not write might want to take note of that. And those of you using the fact that your day job is at a computer as an excuse, realize so is mine. Just saying. (grin)
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.
Challenge Day 12… Words written… 3,100. Total written so far… 21,700 words.
Challenge Day 13… Words written… 6,100. Total written so far… 27,800 words.
The Day Breakdown
5 hours writing… 6,100 words
1.5 hours exercise plus normal movement… 10,200 steps
5.5 hours of work for workshops and e-mails 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… 9 of 13
Days over 11,000 steps… 10 of 13
Days over 12,000 steps… 3 of 6
36.5 hours of regular job work this week
Tracking Word Counts… July 13th, 2017
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,394
— Daily Fiction: 6,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 68,900 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 400 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 6,000 words
— E-mail: 22 e-mails. Approx. 1,500 original words. E-mails month-to date: 397 e-mails. Approx. 25,200 words
AUGUST ONLINE WORKSHOPS
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 #13… Aug 8th … Depth #3: Research
Class #14… Aug 8th … Endings
Class #15… Aug 8th … Point of View
Class #16… Aug 8th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Aug 8th … Speed
Class #18… Aug 8th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Aug 9th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Aug 9th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Aug 9th … Character Development
Class #22… Aug 9th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Aug 9th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Aug 9th … Writing Fantasy