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Day One: Novel Challenge

Day One: Novel Challenge

Really a strange start to this new novel challenge.

I ended up getting to the WMG offices around 2:30 p.m., then headed out for errands, first going to our south store, then to a bank, then back to WMG offices, then to a second bank and the post office before heading to walk with two other writers.

Got done with the walk around 5 p.m., headed to the grocery store for some lunch and to pick up what I needed for dinner, then back to WMG Publishing to work on workshop stuff.

Home by 7 p.m., so 3.5 hours of work, 1 hour of exercise.

Cooked dinner, then did my e-mail and then took a nap.

So got in here around 11 p.m. which I figured was a good start. And it would have been if I hadn’t gotten sidetracked on looking up some running gear I’m going to need for the exercise.

Then I went to watch some television and didn’t get back in here until around 2 a.m.

Total television time for the day 2.5 hours (counting the time I watched while eating dinner).

Still not started.

Since Star Fall has the two characters from Dust and Kisses in Smith’s Monthly #1, I grabbed a copy of that to put the characters back into my head. One hour later, I managed to stop reading and turn to the computer.

So didn’t start anything until 3 a.m. Now that’s silly.

I sat down and just started typing, using the characters. No idea at all to the plot, just that I need an extreme sports event in it.

By 3:45 a.m. I had 1,200 words.

Short break and by 4:30 a.m. I had managed another 1,100 words.

Short break and another 800 new words by 5:10 a.m.

Just over 2 hours of writing, less than I spent watching television. Sigh.

So I got 3,100 new words. Hit the first day even with a stupid start and some bad discipline. (Today was clear evidence of the value of Speed. Fastest I have started a novel in a long time.)

Day 1… 3,000… Actual words… 3,100.  Total so far… 3,100 words

Day 2… 4,000… Total word count to be over… 7,000
Day 3… 5,000… Total word count to be over… 12,000
Day 4… 6,000… Total word count to be over… 18,000
Day 5… 7,000… Total word count to be over… 25,000
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)

I also got my 10,000 plus steps done just fine as well on Day One.


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 18

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,064

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 49

— Daily Fiction: 3,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 26,400 words  

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

— Blog Posts: 300 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 9,100 words

— E-mail: 12 e-mails. Approx. 700 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 272 e-mails. Approx. 19,600 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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  • SB

    I’m pretty new to the blog, so I’m sure I’ve missed this, but … what is your sleep schedule? I’m trying to translate the schedule you’re laying out into normal workday hours.