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Day Eight of a Seven Day Novel Challege

Day Eight of a Seven Day Novel Challenge

Nope, still didn’t make it. But I honestly wasn’t pushing very hard today. Sort of had the pressure of the challenge gone.

Also, if I got it done tonight or tomorrow or Saturday it would make no difference since it has to go to WMG on Monday no matter what.

So I decided to not stress about it. Did my 10,000 plus steps (five miles), took a long nap, cooked dinner, did some e-mail, then managed with some television scattered along the way to actually get 4,300 words in three hour-long sessions and a half hour session.

Good enough and easy. Now going for a full night’s sleep.

And basically hit about 100,000 words so far this month total. Onward.


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 goal… Actual words… 5,900.  Total so far… 28,900 words
Day 7… 9,000 goal… Actual words… 4,100.  Total so far… 33,000 words
Day 8… no goal… Actual words… 4,300.  Total so far… 37,300 words

Day 9… Maybe finish is the goal… Desired goal of over 40,000 words.


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 25

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,071

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 56

— Daily Fiction: 4,300 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 60,000 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 10,600 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 600 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 377 e-mails. Approx. 27,900 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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One Comment

  • Kate Pavelle

    A slow day is like a walk break during a run. It’s strategic 🙂 On my end, remember how I thought my publisher was all gold? Well… ask Kris about that buried basket accounting clause. She’s helped me extract my head out of my butt yesterday. That, and a lawyer letter, and having to repaint an apartment for rental, had me stick with just publishing and processing beta and proof-reader comments for the last 3 days. I have to get some new words down tonight.

    Your walking is an inspiration, BTW. I keep track too, and my phone app doesn’t detect certain kinds of movement. If it’s too smooth or too slow, it doesn’t count. So I can move cautiously through the woods for 3 hours, mushroom hunting. Or be in a karate class, where efficiency and smooth movement is key. Or paint walls, where I don’t want to jounce around. It’s telling me I’m sedentary. *It’s lying.*