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
Total word count to be over
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 #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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