Challenge,  On Writing

Day Seven: Writing a Novel in Half a Month

Chapter Seven: Day Seven of Writing a Novel in Half a Month

Back to my normal times and today nothing really forced me out of routine. I had originally planned on going to the store this afternoon, since I did not go on Monday because of too much to do, but turned out I didn’t need to go, so maybe Friday. So otherwise a normal day with Loren Coleman and I spending some time on the phone talking Kickstarter Best Practices for Fiction Writers. He has a book on the topic coming out that is going to be amazing. Stay tuned here on that.

Day Seven, Entry One.

12:30 pm.  Out of bed at 11:30 like normal and made it to the internet computer with my protein bar by 12:30. First hour was all email.

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm. Worked on workshop stuff. Then cooked Kris and I lunch after that at 2:15 and we first worked on some stuff for an upcoming Kickstarter, then we watched the news while eating.

3:30 pm. to 4:30 pm. Back in here, talked with Loren for a bit, then worked on more email and workshop stuff. And by the way, the title of the newsletter should not have been about another Cave Creek Kickstarter. There isn’t one. We are working on getting out Bottom Pair novel from the last one, but want to release it in Smith’s Monthly about the same time. The email title glitch was the fault of Mail Chimp. I did a newsletter almost a year ago and they just switched the new title out for the old one. Head shaking.

4:45 pm.  Headed for my writing computer. 1,000 words later it was 5:45 pm so I headed for a nap before cooking dinner.  Now back in here at 7:30 to do this. Another entry later.

Day Seven, Entry Two.

7:30 pm to 9 pm. Emails and then I recorded a week of one of the new special workshops and got it all loaded up.

9 pm to 10 pm. First off did some walking to take a bunch of stuff downstairs, which took two trips. Then Kris got back from our office downstairs and needed more steps, so I went out walking for another mile or so with her.

10:00 pm until 11:30. Started off for a while cleaning up a few things on a web site and a few more emails, then watched an hour of television with Kris. Now over to the writing computer. Back later.

Day Seven, Entry Three.

11:30 pm t0 12:30 am. Wrote for about 55 minutes and got 1,100 words before taking a short break for my eye and going to stare over the city.

12:35 am to 1:50 am. Wrote pretty much through that time until I realized my eye was getting tired. So I stopped for the night and came to do this. Got 1,250 words.

So the total for the day was 3,350 words. Again, considering all the other stuff, I’ll take it.



Day One… 3,004 words

Day Two… 2,950 words

Day Three… 2,500 words

Day Four… 1,810 Words

Day Five… 0 Words

Day Six… 1,750 Words

Day Seven… 3,350 Words

TOTAL… 15,364 words


  • Guy

    I love when you write in public! Seeing how much you get accomplished every day outside of writing is really a kick in the ass.
    Thanks so much!

  • Philip

    I love seeing this progress, but I’m also laughing at the thought that I’d wager there are thousands of “writers” who don’t hit 15k words in a YEAR. (But they have MacBook Pros and sit in Starbucks and carry leather notebooks and debate over which novel is the greatest ever written.. hee hee).

    • Eli Jones

      Hey, I resemble(d) that remark; I’m on week 8 of the short story challenge, and so far in 2021 I’ve written more publishable words than 2019 and 2020 combined. Lots of falling off Heinlein’s Rule #2 there.

      I love the math and daily process posts; they’re such a one-two punch of motivating (it’s all so simple!) and humbling (what am I doing with *my* time?).