Day Five: Novel Challenge

As I have been saying, this challenge this time is nothing at all like the first time I did this.

And as I expected, I missed my word count today. Just not enough time in the day and energy in the old body to make it. But still two more days to go on this, so we’ll see how it ends up. Worst thing that could happen is that I need an 8th day to finish.

Anyway, last night I got only just over five hours sleep because I needed to be up and to the WMG Publishing offices and store by 12:30 p.m.

From around 1 p.m. until I pulled the first pizza out of the oven, a group of professional fiction writers alphabetized all the paperbacks in the new store. And Sheldon MacArthur, the great bookstore owner of Mystery Bookstore was also there. Great fun and to everyone who showed up, THANK YOU!!

One of the conversations that popped up regularly was “What ever happened to?” Man, that is the last thing you want to have said about you.  Second question was, “Is he/she still alive?” Ouch…

The books we were putting in order were mostly from the 1990s. Even though Billy and I had been through those books numbers of times, we still found about $400 worth of collectable paperbacks.

But now everything is in order. Again, THANK YOU one and all. Wonderful fun.

6 hours of work.

So Kris and I made it home from that around seven and I took a long nap. Around 9:30 p.m. I was in here working on the assignments for the online workshops.

I ended up getting that done, with a break to finish my 10,000 steps, just before 1 a.m.

3 hours workshop work.

So got to writing around 1:30 a.m. after a break to rest my eyes.

By 2:30 a.m. I had 1,200 words.

Short break. By 3:30 a.m. I had added another 1,400 words. (Good hour there.)

Short break. By 4:30 a.m. I had another 1,200 words.

Short break and wrote until my old body said, “Enough.” That got me another 600 words by 5 a.m.

So 4,400 words in 3.5 hours. Considering I worked 9 hours at other things today, I’ll take it.

And I knew it was coming, so not upset and not surprised.

I am now 2,000 words down to the pace I wanted to be at to write a 42,000 word book in seven days.


Day 1… 3,000 goal… Actual words… 3,100.  Total so far… 3,100 words
Day 2… 4,000 goal… Actual words… 4,400.  Total so far… 7,500 words
Day 3… 5,000 goal… Actual words… 5,100.  Total so far… 12,600 words
Day 4… 6,000 goal… Actual words… 6,200.  Total so far… 18,800 words
Day 5… 7,000 goal… Actual words… 4,200.  Total so far… 23,000 words
Day 6… 8,000… Total word count to be over… 33,000
Day 7… 9,000… Total word count to be over… 42,000 (or end of book)


September Online Workshops

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Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me.

Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)

Totals For Year 4, Month 1, Day 22

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,068

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 53

— Daily Fiction: 4,200 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 45,700 words  

— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total:1,900 words 

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,300 words

— E-mail: 31 e-mails. Approx. 2,800 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 335 e-mails. Approx. 24,200 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 1 novels.


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